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Velominatus: simonsaunders

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Doctor- Consultant Endocrinologist, special interest in Insulin Pump Use, Type1 Diabetes and diabetes and sport. Cyclist- Keen, getting better, need to follow #Rule5 more!

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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. Relying on Lizzie to bring this one home and Marianne to be slightly rusty……. VSP PICKS: 1. Lizzie Armitstead 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Marianne Vos 4. Emma Johansson 5. Emma Pooley »

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. Try a few outliers, see what happens. So far behind in the VSP its not worth worrying about now. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Kreuziger 3. Ten Dam 4. Kennaugh 5. Valverde »

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

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. in for a penny, in for a pound VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Phinney 4. Wiggins 5. Stybar »

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. Lizzie Armistead 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Anna Van Der Breggan 4. Elisa Longo Borghini 5. Marijin De Vries »

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. Shuffle the names, hope for a better result VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Geraint Thomas 4. Peter Sagan 5. Tom Boonen »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. Bring me points, ladies VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Borghini 3. Armistead 4. Amy Pieters 5. Emma Johansson »

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. might as well try this combination. Can’t see past Fabian though VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Sagan 4. Geraint Thomas 5. Tyler farrar »

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. The helmets in the peloton are becoming freakish in the extreme- i’m sorry but this just looks silly! »

  2. @Deakus Geraint is surely leading the points jersey in that category! »

  3. So many could do this, I could have picked a top 20, so bets try and go for unique 5 to score points this year. I have goals, Top 20 this year, need to peak in July! »

  4. So many could do this, I could have picked a top 20, so bets try and go for unique 5 to score points this year. I have goals, Top 20 this year, need to peak in July! VSP PICKS: 1. P Sagan 2. J Degenkolb 3. F Cancellara 4. G Thomas 5. A Vichot »

Oh brothers and sisters, we find ourselves here again. It was but a few moments ago when the Milan-Sanremo VSP went up. Racers fought the sleet, producing an unforgettable start to the Velominati VSP season. Cancellara, Nibali, Froome and, and Horner were all big points winners for our astute and well informed audience. But now it has come to Paris...

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  1. If all 5 come in that order i could still win……… And in reality I’ll be lucky to place one of those riders. Eyes on next year then! VSP PICKS: 1. Gerald Ciolek 2. Enrico Gasparatto 3. Mark Renshaw 4. Tyler Farrar 5. Nikki Terpstra »

Growing up, I imagine my dad did his fair share of worrying about me getting into trouble with chemicals and girls. Like with most problems in life, the solution lay in Cycling; training encouraged healthy behavior and once my dad convinced me to shave my legs, no one needed to worry about the girls anymore.Cycling caused its fair share of problems...

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  1. A great description Frank. Have you read Vélo by Paul Fournel? It has a beautiful description of a Rouleur in there, beutifully illustrated too. http://rouleur.cc/Velo?gallery=0 »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. In for a pennI, in for a Euro VSP PICKS: 1. Rui costa 2. Dan Moreno 3. Sagan 4. Voeckler 5. Nibali »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. Not going to win VSP now, so might as well have some wild cards in VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. J-Rod 4. Peter Sagan 5. Richie Porte »

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, ItalyWhen: September 28 Continue reading...

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  1. Guessathon VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Lizzy Armistead 4. Giorgia Bronzini 5. Emma Johansson »

There is something about a time trial that lets you go spelunking in undiscovered caverns of The Cave. Contort your body into the sleekest position you can, make the bike as uncomfortable as possible, and then rev your cardiovascular system up to the anaerobic threshold for as long as possible. Its food for legend.Being a diesel helps, churning the...

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  1. Here we go on another wild guess VSP PICKS: 1. Borghini, Elisa 2. Johansson, emma 3. Stevens, emma 4. Van Djik, ellen 5. Gillow, shara »

Brittany is the kind of area that produces strong-minded and strong-bodied people; I’m looking at you, Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault. It produces this type of person because that’s what windy farming land does to people. Brittany is also lumped full of short, steep hills, and we all know what that means: its a perfect place for...

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  1. ahhhh cack del-gado’d myself »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. No outstanding favourite, really tough parcours, hard to pick. Nearly included Dan Martin, Carlos Betancur, Roman Kreuziger and Pozzovivo instead. Visualise the apron- it will be mine! VSP PICKS: 1. Rodriguez- J 2. Valverde- A 3. Henao- S 4. Nibali- V»

Once again the metal grate is rolling up in front of the VSP lotto window. It’s bettin’ time. The Route de France is an eight day women’s stage race consisting of a prologue and seven road stages. The route stays away from any serious mountains so daily victories could go to sprinters or those willing to drive a breakaway. To make...

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  1. I could really do with some solid points here, hope for Lizzy Armistead to put in a good show, but think i might have got the order wrong. VSP PICKS: 1. STEVENS Evelyn 2. ARMITSTEAD Elisabeth 3. JOHANSSON Emma 4. BRONZINI Giorgia 5. DE VRIES Marijn »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

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  1. Hmmm, Mollema and Rodriguez might need this one VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Chavanel 3. Froome 4. Quintana 5. Contador »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. Ok, better swap porte out as there is no way he was coming back. Forgive me, but I think Schleck might make the top 5 yet…. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Chris Froome 2. Alberto Contador 3. Bauke Mollema 4. N Quintana 5. J Rodriguez »

This is the women’s Giro and it just happens to take place in early July, bad timing or good timing, at least the Italians step up and do a mini-Grand Tour. Here is the start list. Unfortunately we cannot be giving away more bikes and wheels for this race, but bragging rights and points are useful. Do I have any insightful things to say about...

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  1. no form guides anywhere, Vos likely to win, but het, lets try and guess who might upset the applecart… VSP PICKS: 1. evelyn stevens 2. marianne vos 3. giorgia bronzini 4. marijn de vries 5. silvia cecchini »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. Please, please please………. i need that frame! VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Froome 2. Alberto Contador 3. Richie Porte 4. N Quintana 5. J Rodriguez »