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Velominatus: simonsaunders

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Location: Lancashire, UK

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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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The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. and here is the picture (doh!) »

  2. Staying Classy! Our club kit gets a few nice comments Modelled by two of my better looking team-mates en-route to the 2014 Grand Depárt in Yorkshire »

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. From Mexico on shitty wifi VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. J Rod 3. Froome 4. D Martin 5. Contador »

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. raffle ticket choices VSP PICKS: 1. Andriy Grivko 2. Phillip Gilbert 3. Peter Sagan 4. michael abasini 5. Tony Gallopin »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. Aside from Vos and Armitstead- who I really want to win, the rest is guesswork! VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. List Armitstead 3. Cecchini 4. Longo Borghini 5. Emma Johansson »

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. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Porte 2. Nibali 3. Talansky 4. Bardet 5. Valverde »

  2. Extraordinary experience midst the crowd on Buttertubs yesterday. Mental, crazy, exhilarating fun. And to top it all Jens Voight. Heres is a picture from my friend and fellow Harry Middleton CC member, Dan Monaghan »

  3. Really looking forward to the start tomorrow. riding over to watch them climb The Buttertubs Pass. I hope the rain clears or it could all get a bit messy on the descent and run-in to Harrogate. Forecast suggests not raining by race-time, but North Yorksh… »

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. Mara Abbott 2. Marianne Vos 3. Emma Johansson 4. Emma Pooley 5. Elisa Longo Bhorgini »

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. As this is a 6 horse  race and we can only pick 5, it’ll be a case or rearrange in any particular order- unless the cobbles cause crashes, or the TT leads to Froome taking 2 minutes on everyone. Here’s my 5 for what its worth; so far behind now, I can on… »

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. Dan Martin out, Rigoberto Uran in. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Quintana 2. Cadel Evans 3. Rigoberto Uran 4. J-Rod 5. Pozzovivo »

  2. Come on, its a rest day, lets get those swaps moving! »

  3. There’ll be some swapping out of Dan Martin on Monday then, now who will fill that gap? poor Dan »

  4. Ahhhh, who knows anymore? VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Cadel Evans 3. Dan Martin 4. J-Rod 5. Pozzovivo »

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. Can I replace Froome with Simon Gerrans? The race hasn’t started yet! »

  2. Balls balls balls. You can’t rely on anyone nowadays! Froome withdraws. http://po.st/FroomeLBL »

  3. God knows now, far too many to pick from. I’m getting to the drawing straws stage of VSP as I’m   now probably lagging behind by such a large margin, I feel like I have been spat out the back of the peloton on a gentle incline. Just a couple of riders in … »

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 »