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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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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 »

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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… »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Mara Abbott 2. Marianne Vos 3. Emma Johansson 4. Emma Pooley 5. Elisa Longo Bhorgini »

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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… »

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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 »

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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 … »

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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 »

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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 »

@simonsaunders's posts:

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

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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 »

@simonsaunders's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Lizzie Armistead 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Anna Van Der Breggan 4. Elisa Longo Borghini 5. Marijin De Vries »

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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 »

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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! »