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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. Never have changed a pick before, may regret this… VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Alejandro Valverde 2. Purito Rodriguez 3. Vincenzo Nibali 4. Mikel Nieve 5. Bauke Mollema »

  2. Damn cool to see a Wisco boy finish well today, congrats to Matt Bouche! »

  3. Anybody’s guess, as has been said, Nibbles will be saving himself, already got them Giro. Only second guessing myself for not putting Betancur in, how about a top 10?… VSP PICKS: 1. Alejandro Valverde 2. Purito Rodriguez 3. Sergio Henao 4. Mikel Nieve… »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johansson 2. Shara Gillow 3. Linda Villumsen 4. Georgia Bronzini 5. Marijn DeVries »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana Rojas 2. Joaquin “Purito” Rodriguez 3. Mikel Nieve 4. Ugh, Alberto Contador 5. Michal Kwiatkowski »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @frank Wow, apparently a bunch of thin-skinned folks abide here, I used to like this site… »

  2. Apology accepted. »

  3. Ooh, guess I’ll “fuck off”. My response was to someone calling this “a women’s International ass fart race”. Guess you showed me who respects women… »

  4. @Buck Rogers Dude, I didn’t post it as a part of the VSP, that was the keepers. My point is still valid, let’s give the women some respect… »

  5. @Buck Rogers Yeah, disparage the efforts of the women, pay them less, don’t post a VSP when one is scheduled, WTF? Most of those female pros could reduce you to tears in a cycling competition…can we give them some respect?? »

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. @Marcus Hahaha, maybe he’ll go back to MTB riding… »

  2. I think I’m good with original picks, would like to drop Valverde, but who knows, Movistar could make something happen in the Alps…only wish I had put Quintana higher! »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @Deakus Um, it just started today, it’s a 6-day stage race… »

  2. @dancollins Yeah, I knew that, just sayin’ it was not mainstream… I was hoping for the points from this race to pull ahead of you… »

  3. Guess there is no Thüringen Rundfahrt der Damen VSP? very difficult to find a start list, but if I had to pick it would be: 1. Emma Johansson, 2. Evelyn Stevens, 3. Elisabeth Armitstead, 4. Emma Pooley, 5. Ellen VanDijk Are there any female riders whose… »

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. I’ve got Quintana in my top 5, but I didn’t have Contador… »

  2. Can’t bash Cav, I used to think he was an arrogant twat. He has shown such maturity over the last couple seasons, he’s one of my favorite riders now. There’s a new paradigm for racing, and sprinting especially (and I don’t mean no drugs). There are so man… »

  3. Swap, we don’t need to swap, we don’t need to show you no stinking swaps…hahaha. i will stick with the ones I brung as always… »

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. This race should be fun to watch, I’m almost more interested in this than the first week of that other big race that starts the day before… VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Claudia Hausler 4. Mara Abbot 5. Alena Amialiusk »

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. It’s Froome’s race to lose, if you listen to anyone…had to pick him but we’ll see what the first week brings. My picks are asked more on wishful thinking than proper prognostication… VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Froome 2. Joachim “Purito” Rodriguez 3. Alejan… »

The mighty VSP generator has been switched on once again. The mil-spec hydraulic fluid has been changed since the Giro. A new power take-off belt has also been installed. And the punch card reader has been refurbished.Broome and Berti are already riding the Critérium du Dauphiné. The top contenders prefer the Dauphiné for the decent recovery all...

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  1. Hmm, it appears I need a refresher on point accumulation for this race…I.e., how many points for picking winner, how many extra points for selecting riders who end up in top 5, regardless off order… I only get 4 points for picking Costa to win and ha… »

  2. Haha, been putting Mollema in my picks so frequently it’s a habit… Would love to see Tomeke or Fabs on the final podium, but don’t think it’s in the cards… VSP PICKS: 1. Rui Costa 2. TJ VanGarderen 3. Bauke Mollema 4. John Degenkolb 5. Thibaut Pino… »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

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  1. @strathlubnaig Shite, there’ll be no Hampsten moves in thuds Giro… »

  2. Looking forward to this! VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Wiggins 3. Hesjedal 4. Gesink 5. Henao »

Unfortunately the weather for 2013 L-B-L looks a lot nicer than the 1980 episode.  Then again, if the weather looked that bad, they might have cancelled the race or put them on buses before Bastogne and driven them back towards Liege. Who would be the Badger of the peloton of this year’s race in those conditions? Discuss. As always, we have...

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  1. Great read and insight to the Badger. Keep ‘em coming. »