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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…

Meanwhile in Spain...

Velominati Super Prestige: Vuelta a España 2015

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This is the best Cycling photo in the history of time. If you’re wondering why, then we’re probably not looking at the same photo. I am pretty sure the guy playing guitar is the Dos Equis guy. Anyway, nothing that cool will happen during this year’s Vuelta, although we’ll get to watch more lightbulb-humping, if that’s any consolation…

Spain in Summer

Velominati Super Prestige: La Clásica San Sebastián 2015

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For anyone who has just witnessed the Tour de France, the single most amazing point is, these guys are super-human freaks of nature. A few thousand kilometers, untold meters gained climbing, all at an average speed us mortals could not do for an hour, on the flat. Six days after Paris and there are only…

Boss Vos isn't racing, so the pink jersey is up for grabs.

Velominati Super Prestige: Giro Rosa 2015

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Damn. Was I not just raving about this a year ago? Why start a major women’s race in Italy when the TDF is firing up right over there in France or the Netherlands? Actually it was more like 363 days ago as we are late as hell getting to the Giro Rosa VSP. You see, another…

Sep Vanmarcke rides the cobbles Kelly-Style in the 2014 stage to Port du Hinault. Photo: Cycling Tips

Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de France 2015

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Cobblestones make the race, I’m not ruining any fantasies telling you that. Wet cobblestones, well, those make a legend. Nibbles rose in my esteem considerably when he rode the wet cobbles as well as he rides any mountain descent or climb; that is a boy with some nerves and some mad bike handling skills. Wet…

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