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Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @Buck Rogers It’s raining and very slick. He went down three times today. I think it was three. I’ve been watching for an hour and have seen 4 crashes. Still no cobble yet too. »

  2. @ChrisO Maybe Richie Porte? Although Richie Porte doesn’t have a Richie Porte to pace him in the mountains like Froome did. I do find it odd that the most meticulous DS in cycling had no major back up plan. »

  3. Wow… Froome just abandoned… Not the way this should have ended. So sad for him right now even if he isn’t my favorite rider in the world. »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Valverde 4. Nibali 5. J Rod »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Armistead 4. Abbot 5. Bronzini »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggo 2. Mollema 3. Kreuzinger 4. Pozzovivo 5. Costa »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. Uran takes 1.17 off Ulissi! Fantastic effort. »

  2. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Quintana 2. Majka 3. Uran 4. Cuddles 5. Basso »

  3. Big day for Evans and OGE. Was that the right decision to press on after that huge crash though? »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. J-Rod 3. Uran 4. Cuddles 5. Basso »

  5. Change of heart VSP PICKS: 1. Uran 2. J-Rod 3. Uran 4. Cuddles 5. Basso »

  6. VSP PICKS: 1. Uran 2. Quintana 3. Cuddles 4. Danny boy Martin 5. J-Rod »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Vincenzo NIbali 3. Alejandro Valverde 4. Phillipe Gilbert 5. Jaquim Rodriguez »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Moreno 3. Gilbert 4. Nibali 5. Kwiatkowski »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Slagter 4. Gerrans 5. Kwiatkowski »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Van Dijk 3. Armistead 4. Pooley 5. Johannsson »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. @DCR I definitely think it will be Kwiatkowki’s race in the future when Valverde and Gilbert are a bit older.  He is a beast on those sharp gradients. »

  2. Fantastic move by Gilbert and great team tactics by BMC. »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde Alejandro 2. Kwiatkowski Michal 3. Nibali Vincenzo 4. Gilbert Philippe 5. Gerrans Simon »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde Alejandro 2. Kwiatkowski Michal 3. Nibali Vincenzo 4. Gilbert Philippe 5. Martin Dan »

  5. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Nibali 4. Gilbert 5. Martin »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. Very tentative picks. GVA seriously deserves a win after his early season second places at omloop and Ronde. I hope he wins but it’s really hard to bet against Faboo VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Van avermaet 3. Kristoff 4. Vansummeren 5. Vanmarcke »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Phenomenal!  I honestly didn’t think he could win the sprint but you can’t ask for a better person to win this race. So psyched! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Vanmarcke 3. Sagan 4. Boonen 5. Van Avermaet »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Van Der Breggen 3. Van Dijk 4. Armistead 5. Brand »