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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. AG2R will put minutes into Pinot on the descent of Port de Bales. Peraud’s climbing is on par with Bardet but much better in the TT so he will probably be on the podium with TJ. »

  2. Hey Frank, I still want the Veloforma frame I won fair and square for getting the first place in the Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de France 2013. »

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. Rogers lost only 1.15 to Quintana on the climb. Although Nairo looked like he was on a Sunday ride and could have gone 5 minutes faster. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Joaquim Rodriguez 3. Rafal Majka 4. Cadel Evans 5. Fabio Aru »

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. Vincenzo Nibali 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Dan Martin 4. Bauke Mollema 5. Philippe Gilbert »

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. Daniel Moreno 2. Wouter Poels 3. Alejandro Valverde 4. Jelle Vanendert 5. Philippe Gilbert »

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. Michal Kwiatkowski 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Simon Gerrans 4. Tom Jelte Slagter 5. Philippe Gilbert »

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. Would love to see the reactions from Faboo, Tommeke and Pippo if Sir Brad somehow manages to win. VSP PICKS: 1. Tom Boonen 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Fabian Cancellara 4. Mathieu Ladagnous 5. Alexander Kristoff »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Peter Sagan 3. Greg Van Avermaet 4. Sep Vanmarcke 5. Luca Paolini »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Mark Cavendish 2. Andre Greipel 3. John Degenkolb 4. Sacha Modolo 5. Peter Sagan »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cadel Evans 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Jan Bakelants 4. Greg Van Avermaet 5. Alejandro Valverde »

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. @Deakus Richie will be the leader for Giro 2014 and Sergio Henao for the Vuelta because Uran has signed with OPQS. »

  2. Wow, I can’t believe I’ve won! I had to miss some of the stages and only watched the highlights so decided to keep the original Picks. Congrats to the other prize winners and thanks to the Keepers and the sponsors! Roll on the Vuelta! »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Froome 2. Nairo Quintana 3. Alberto Contador 4. Joaquim Rodriguez 5. Alejandro Valverde »