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Merckx leaves them behind on the Stockeu

Velominati Super Prestige: Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2015

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Liege is an interesting animal; whereas the Cobbled Classics are the sole domain of the specialists known as de Klassiekers in Flemish who rarely show their faces as serious contenders in the other portions of the season (assuming you ignore John Degencobble or Al Kristoff), the Ardennes classics have a strong showing from the Grand…

On The Huy. photo © ASO/P.Perreve

Velominati Super Prestige: La Flèche Wallonne Féminine 2015

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For those too impatient to read my little introductory patter, here is the start list. The Muur de Huy requires some deadly timing, experience with this finish and some serious anaerobic tolerance. No one wins this race on their first go around, unless your name is Merckx or Vos and I’m not sure if they…

Merckx help us if this tool wins again.

Velominati Super Prestige: La Fleche Wallonne 2015

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Who doesn’t like a nice, steep, uphill finish after getting your head kicked in for six hours? Not me, assuming I’m not racing. The key feature on this little doozy of a race is the 1.3km long Mur de Huy; doing a wind sprint up this thing has made the world’s best climbers shift into reverse and…

Mr 60% shows how it's done.

Velominati Super Prestige: Amstel Gold 2015

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The VSP must wearily pack its bags in Northern France and head over to the Netherlands. Hung over, you bet. After the Ronde and Paris-Roubaix, everyone is a little beat up. Those cobbles can wear a person down. For those riders who can kill the short steep Limburg climbs, this is the beginning of their…

The V rides with the Pros

Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Roubaix 2015

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No one can be happy about Sunday’s weather forecast (except for 95% of the riders and support staff). I am not. Now every Norwegian non-cobble riding specialists has a chance of winning this. I was hoping for day that would separate the Rule #9 riders from everybody else. Bah! We can take some comfort in knowing…

Wet Cobbles. photo: Emilie Moberg

Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2015

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The Keepers Tour 2015 riders will be watching both the men’s and women’s Rondes on Sunday. When the women go storming by it is just as impressive as when the men do. Our boys will be knee deep in Malteni beer and frites as they spectate. The Malteni will be some much need recovery beverage…

Phil Anderson gets in the Easter spirit with a bar-bunny attack.

Velominati Super Prestige: Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2015

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As far as the Keepers are concerned (and those already arrived for KT15) the real race action on the cobbles and for the 2015 VSP starts right here in Flanders with the Easter Sunday edition of de Ronde van Vlaanderen. And not only does the kassien bring out the big guns looking to pick up a…

Mapei parties like it's 1998.

Velominati Super Prestige: Gent Wevelgem 2015

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Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy oh boy oh boy! Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy! This is it! We are really into the thick of it now! E3 Harelbeke is today, and on Sunday we have the Kemmelberg in Gent Wevelgem – the first real serious cobbled race of the…

Emma Johansson, last year's winner.  photo	© CJ Farquharson

Velominati Super Prestige: Trofeo Alfredo Binda 2015

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Welcome to the start of the Women’s VSP 2015 series. Well, the Ronde van Drenthe really should be the start but Milano-Sanremo is Velominati’s starter so here we are. To catch up on Ronde van Drenthe check Podium Café for some fresh video and pondering. Trefeo Alfredo Binda, 127 km, in Northern Italy, a race…

Pedro Delgado. The patron saint of the VSP

Velominati Super Prestige: Milano-Sanremo 2015

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Le Primavera has arrived. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2015 Velominati Super Prestige. It’s been a long quiet winter of very little cycling news, little racing and barely a scandal. This Sunday marks the real beginning of the season for us cycling fanatics. The true beauty of MSR, that despite its length, only on…

The Paterberg is a brute made easier by a comfortable, wide gutter.

Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Omloop Het Volk (Nieuwsblad) 2015

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I don’t know what it is about Belgian Race organizers, but I love those guys. Routes? The longer the better, please. The climbs? The steeper the better please, and as many as possible (which is very many). Cobbles? As many as possible, please. Cobbled climbs? The steeper, the longer the better. And as many of possible. Oh,…

Tommy loves the Taaienberg  foto:Sporza.be

Velominati Super Prestige: Mens Omloop Het Volk (Nieuwsblad) 2015

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The real Velominati VSP will not begin until La Primavera. Het Volk will be a one-off warm up for the big show, no points, just some bragging rights and a V-musette. All that time wasted watching “racing” in Qatar and Oman (sorry @ChrisO) will not be in vain. Every contender for Het Volk can still…

TT Champion Lisa Brennauer won't be here. photo-Cycling Weekly

Velominati Super Prestige: Chrono Des Nations Féminin 2014

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I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an…

Ramunas "Honey Badger" Navardauskas could do this

Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Tours 2014

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Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is…

After the leaves have fallen. Photo: Pedale.Forchetta

Velominati Super Prestige: Giro di Lombardia 2014

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I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the…

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Velominati Super Prestige: The Men’s Elite Road Race

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You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone…

Florence 2013

Velominati Super Prestige: The Women’s Elite Road Race 2014

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This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial 2014

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If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial 2014

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All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are…

Maybe Lizzie? photo:Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Europe

Velominati Super Prestige: GP de Plouay-Bretagne 2014

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First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions.…

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