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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…

St Gotthard Pass- A Cobbled Swiss Dream

Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de Suisse 2015

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Why would the VSP use the Tour de Suisse instead of the Critérium de Dauphiné? The Dauphiné is looking like the pre-Tour de France. Sky and Garmindale are already giving their GC men nightmares by screwing up on the team time trial front. Practice, practice, practice, lads; it’s better to cock it up now than…

The Prophet crushes fools on the way to the Tre Chime in the '68 Giro

Velominati Super Prestige: Giro d’Italia 2015

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This is the most exciting thing that’s happened in Cycling since April. Yes, that’s a full two weeks with nothing exciting happening and its been killing me. I know its been killing you, too. I love the Giro, the master alchemist of bad weather and big mountains that keeps the racing exciting from the first day through the…

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,…

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