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Location: Portland, Maine

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Not built to be a climber, but who lets that get in the way....

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Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Contador 4. Uran 5. Valverde »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Contador 4. Horner 5. Valverde »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gilbert 3. Valverde 4. Rogers 5. Rodriguez »

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. May this be the end of the carnage »

  2. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. Porte 4. Horner 5. Van garderen »

  3. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Invalid 2. Valve red 3. Porte 4. Horner 5. Talansky »

  4. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nonaligned 2. Valve red 3. Nibali 4. Horner 5. Talansky »

  5. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nonaligned 2. Froome 3. Nibali 4. Horner 5. Talansky »

  6. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Nibali 4. Horner 5. Talansky »

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. @ralexmiller Nevermind i’m an idiot »

  2. You closed the VSP early! »

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. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Dan Martin 4. Gerrans 5. Rodriguez »

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. Go get ‘em Fabian VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. vanMarke 3. vanAvermaet 4. Sagan 5. Stybar »

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. Can’t wait VSP PICKS: 1. cancellara 2. boonen 3. degenkolb 4. sagan 5. van marke »

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. van Dijk 2. Johannson 3. stevens 4. longo-borghini 5. armistead »

  2. Hope it rains »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. cancellara 2. vanmarcke 3. sagan 4. boonen 5. degenkolb »

  2. Should be a great race »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. boonen 2. vanmarcke 3. sagan 4. cancellara 5. degenkolb »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. Maybe it’s out of fashion, but I like Riis.  Seems to me as though he kicked everybody’s @ss on what was more or less a corrupt but even playing field. That Hautacam climb was dominant. It’s not as if Virenque wasn’t benefiting from additional performance… »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. Should be a sprint-fest at the end VSP PICKS: 1. Cavendish 2. Sagan 3. Degenkolb 4. Cancellara 5. Gerrans »