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The beginning of so many ends

Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de France 2016

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A lot has happened in the last ten years of le Tour, and a lot of it stemmed from the race that took place in 2006. At the time it seemed like yet another “Tour of Redemption” as the organisers liked to claim every few years after something had happened to tarnish the race’s image,…

 Switzerland's Gotthard Pass

Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de Suisse 2016

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We are opening the rolling metal door to the VSP generator and warming it up for this weekend’s start of the Tour de Suisse. As usual, the big hitters of the Tour are riding the Dauphine; I should be more excited about that race but, yawn, not so much. The Swiss tour is longer, more…

It's not the Giro. It's way harder (to pick).

Velominati Super Prestige: Tour Of Chongming Island 2016

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Ok, so we know you’re all excited about the Giro starting tonight, and poring over your picks and determining who is the best of a pretty weak field. Look, it’s Nibbles then daylight, ok? Good. Now we got a bit lost in it all too, and if it wasn’t for the eagle eye and sharp…

Laurent Fignon - Giro

Velominati Super Prestige: Giro d’Italia 2016

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Ladies and gentlemen, prepare for the Giro, 2016, starting in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands and finishing in Torino, Italy. Here is a provisional start list. The riders make the race so it should be fantastic racing, a race up the whole of the country, for three weeks, what’s not to love? The Giro usually has a…

The most Rule #9 edition of LBL was in 1980.

Velominati Super Prestige: Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2016

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We were descending for a while before I saw Roche’s name painted on the road. It was one of those little bridges over a river that you only seem to find in the Benelux; just a little too ancient and just a little too arched, and just a little too perfectly flawed to be anywhere else.…

Why can the French not sort out their helmets?

Velominati Super Prestige: La Fleche Wallonne Femmes 2016

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Nothing magical happened in between us publishing the Men’s event ten minutes ago that somehow brought us another day for the VSP. I was really banking on a fissure in the space-time continuum but no luck. Seems a guy can’t catch a break. On the surface of it, I blame the fact that Gent Wevelgem…

The bunch climbs the Mur de Huy

Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s La Fleche Wallonne 2016

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Don’t these race organizers understand how confusing it is when races are held mid-week? It means we have to have to manage against unrealistic expectations like realizing what day of the week it is and then do the sums on how much lead time we want to give on the VSP. Which is obviously too…

2014, Amstel Gold Race, Gilbert Philippe, Valkenburg (pic: ©Sirotti)

Velominati Super Prestige: Amstel Gold 2016

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Ooooof! The VSP generator and operators need more than a week to recover from that race. Tommeke may never recover, that chance will never come again. We now move into the Netherlands and the first of three Ardennes races. Whomever did well in Paris-Roubaix probably won’t like all the hills in Amstel. Same with the…

The brutal stones of Paris-Roubaix

Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Roubaix 2016

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Every time I’ve ridden the Roubaix pavé, I’ve peed the next few days like I got VD from some dirty cobble. That might not really sell the non-believer on the pleasure of riding the sacred stones, but there truly is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Here in Seattle, we have cobbled climbs and…

That's a legitimate Pain Face right there.

Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s Ronde van Vlaanderen 2016

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Everybody knows there are two kinds of cobbles. Big cobbles, little cobbles, grippy cobbles, and slippy cobbles. And when it comes to mastering the stones, no one is better than the undisputed King of the Cobbles, Kenny Van Vlaminck. And speaking of cobble legends, there is a great piece on our friend Johan Museeuw over on…

Queen Lizzie leads the chasing group up the Oude Kwaremont

Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen 2016

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Has anyone checked the weather report for Sunday? Seriously. Have you checked? Wind. Rain. This. Is. Going. To. Be. EPIC. And you can all thank me for that because this is the year I chose not to head over there, naturally. I’m annoyed that we didn’t do a Women’s Gent-Wevelgem; we somehow missed it even though we…

The bicycle of Gert Steegmans in the 2015 Ghent-Wevelgem

Velominati Super Prestige: Gent – Wevelgem 2016

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Deinze – Wevelgem really but Gent sounds correct, like Het Volk. Last year’s windy wet edition was a pretty awesome race except Luca Paolini won it wearing tights (FFS!?) and maybe high on Italian marching powder. Riders were leaning into the wind and being blown off the road. It was awesome to watch maybe not…

What's got two thumbs and makes grown women weep? This chick!

Velominati Super Prestige: Trofeo Alfredo Binda 2016

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There are a couple things you need to know about the Women’s Racing Scene. First of all, they’ve been racing the fuck out of Belgium and Italy, and staying well clear of the warmer climes. They are also busy kicking off their first-ever WorldTour. No surprise in who the current leader is; Lizzy Armitstead has…

Spoiler alert, Greg. You're fucked.

Velominati Super Prestige: Milano-Sanremo 2016

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Milan Sanremo. I know we’ve been watching the men and women crush the cobbles already, and that’s the spiritual beginning of the season, but La Primavera is the longest Classic of them all, and the first race of the season that will be a genuine target for all the gunslingers. Which makes this the symbolic start to…

The final, deciding stage of the VSP!

Velominati Super Prestige: Chrono des Nations Les Femmes 2015

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This is it, people, the final event of the 2015 Velominati Super Prestige. Let’s start with pointing out that it is disgraceful how hard it is to find a start list, let alone photos from this event. Women’s Cycling is seriously under-promoted. But let’s not let that get in the way of the fact that…

Paris-Tours  - Tommy V, merde alors, I did not win.

Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Tours 2015

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Paris-Tours, it’s almost the end of the road for the V-VSP. The great smoggy race in China has been switched to the Middle-East? I’m not sure that is an improvement but as usual, we were not consulted. Race where the money is. Every year I bring up Richard Virenque winning this race. I disliked his…

Laurens VV Dam rides in the cars at the 2014 Lombardia. Photo: Pedale.Forchetta

Velominati Super Prestige: Giro Di Lombardia 2015

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What a great time of year this is. The changing of the seasons means one of two things; the weather is perfect as temperatures rise and spirits are lifted with the promise of a long summer ahead, or the weather is perfect as the long summer peters out as days shorten, meaning only memories of…

Sadly we won't be seeing this going down the road...

Velominati Super Prestige: VVomens World Championship Road Race 2015

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What can be said about the worlds that hasn’t been said here already? We’re all abuzz over here in America, laying in wait for the biggest event we’ll ever host on our crap, frost-heaved and pot-holed roads. The route itself appears to be very well laid out but apparently the road surface is so bad…

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