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It’s no coincidence that Stage Five of the Tour was not only the best one to watch, or that it helped decide the race before nary a hill was crested, but that it was just, well, Stage Five. Only last minute copyright clearances prevented the organisers actually dubbing it Stage V, though they managed to get the rain delivered on time, an ess...

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  1. VV Dam with the epitome of the V face, staring at middle distance, soaking up all the information required to go almost safely at the highest Velocity. Face Cacked with the stuff he’s riding over, soaked to the skin, hurting but not hurting. Hurting tho… »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. I knew the Rules would catch up with me on this one one day, my 5 year old’s even been taking the pi$$ out if my chimp face for a while now. work required »

That any cyclist can enter the same arena with the same equipment as the professional helps to make cycling an awesome sport. True, the same thing could be said for golf or tennis but as a fan you can’t stand a meter away from any of those pros and scream encouragement. “Come on Tiger, RIP THAT FUCKER!” And if you attempt entry into Wimbledon...

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  1. Poels has got the idea »

I don’t know how a guy who shows off the better part of a half meter of seat post comes to the conclusion that his saddle is too low, but that precise thought occupies an enormous amount of time. Ever closer looms the minimum insertion point on my seat pin, yet I am irrevocably bound to explore its limits.I actually wish my legs were shorter...

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  1. @Puffy could be your left glut medius isn’t firing, has gone weak. I’ve found this to be extremely common in cyclists and runners. (glut med takes leg to side, which as cyclists we don’t do much of. It then gets weak and traumatised when surrounding muscl… »

Up here in the Northern Hemisphere, this off-season is the time for rest and repair. The body and bikes need some extra refurbishment. It’s fun fixing up the bike; buying new bits in the bike shop is easy. It’s not as much fun fixing up the body.VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Getting back on »

  2. With you all the way back, I missed the most important bit of my season with a chest infection, just begging back on and loving the sensations coming back. »

They don’t call it the race of truth for nothing, and Ferdi ain’t no liar. There’s no hiding when your specialist chrono machine is also your specialist road racing machine, and aero headwear is achieved through flipping your leather cap around to face the Jeep loaded with drunk French truffle hunters that’s been tailing yo...

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  1. Love this photo of the fastest postman in uk – multiple national champion – Matt Bottrill »

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. Cant believe I won on the wrong day. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Nieve 3. Chava 4. Quintana 5. Purito »

  2. Haystack, meet the needle VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Tommy V 3. Chava 4. Quintana 5. Purito »

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. Showed Porte the door VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Froome 2. Valverde 3. Contadour 4. Quintana 5. Dan Martin »

  2. Painless VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Tee Jay VG 3. Contadour 4. Quintana 5. Dan Martin »

Any return from time off the bike is always met with a peculiar mixture of anticipation and apprehension. I will be excited to return to the bike, but on some level I’ve become accustomed to not getting on my bike every day. Not riding is easy, and we are creatures of inertia – once the rhythm of the daily ride is broken, it takes a...

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  1. @Chris and the stronger you become the faster you can go and time with a tailwind necessarily becomes LESS and time with a headwind becomes greater.  If I knew what a dichotomy was, that’s what I’d call it. »

Finally, we have Milan-Sanremo. I hope pedale.forcetta is ready to shoot some pictures, especially black and white because it will be cold and possibly wet. Throw in a little wind and a race of this distance will weed out the less hardy. Recently, but not too recently, this race would be won out of a decent size field sprint. And yet, besides Fabs...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. G 2. Sagan 3. Nibali 4. Thor 5. Gilbert »