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Jan Raas, 5 time winner, not drinking Amstel Gold. photo-Peters, Hans / Anefo

Velominati Super Prestige: Amstel Gold Race 2014

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The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were…

Phinney takes flight in the Trouée d'Arenberg.

Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Roubaix 2014

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It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be…

Eddie Boss

Velominati Super Prestige: Ronde van Vlaanderen 2014

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This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy…

Ellen van Dijk scales the Oude Kwaremont

Velominati Super Prestige: VVomen’s Ronde van Vlaanderen 2014

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Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Gent Wevelgem 2014

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The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just…

Race of the Leather Toe Straps.

Velominati Super Prestige: Trofeo Alfredo Binda 2014

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This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is…

Merckx takes his first of seven MSRs.

Velominati Super Prestige: Milano Sanremo 2014

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Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for…

Neben kills it in the 2012 edition.

Velominati Super Prestige: VVomen’s Chrono des Nations 2013

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In the days of Anquetil, this was considered the most prestigious individual time trial on the calendar, and he made his name early by winning the event as an amateur at 19. It was also 100km in length, which brings up the point that maybe everyone in our generation should be banned from ever breathing…

All Haul Ass-Andrea Tafi

Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Tours 2013

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Oh brothers and sisters, we find ourselves here again. It was but a few moments ago when the Milan-Sanremo VSP went up. Racers fought the sleet, producing an unforgettable start to the Velominati VSP season. Cancellara, Nibali, Froome and, and Horner were all big points winners for our astute and well informed audience. But now…

Where is my Compact? image: Italian Cycling Journal

Velominati Super Prestige: Il Lombardia 2013

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Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s Elite Road Race 2013

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The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I…

The Azzura previews the course.

Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Elite Road Race 2013

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Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, Italy When: September 28 How: 140 km including 5 climbing laps in Firenze. It will most likely be gruppo compatto all the way to Firenze. The bombs start going off on the first of five climbing circuits. The strongest will stay near the front, with each circuit the pretenders will fall…

Kristin Armstrong en route to the Olympic Gold in the women's ITT.

Velominati Super Prestige: Elite Women’s World Championship ITT 2013

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There is something about a time trial that lets you go spelunking in undiscovered caverns of The Cave. Contort your body into the sleekest position you can, make the bike as uncomfortable as possible, and then rev your cardiovascular system up to the anaerobic threshold for as long as possible. Its food for legend. Being…


Velominati Super Prestige: Grand Prix de Plouay-Bretagne 2013

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Brittany is the kind of area that produces strong-minded and strong-bodied people; I’m looking at you, Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault. It produces this type of person because that’s what windy farming land does to people. Brittany is also lumped full of short, steep hills, and we all know what that means: its a perfect place for…

The Long Sock Brigade hits the Angliru.

Velominati Super Prestige: La Vuelta a España 2013

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Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s…

Carlee Taylor, 3rd place 2012 photo (APP)

Velominati Super Prestige: Route de France Féminine 2013

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Once again the metal grate is rolling up in front of the VSP lotto window. It’s bettin’ time. The Route de France is an eight day women’s stage race consisting of a prologue and seven road stages. The route stays away from any serious mountains so daily victories could go to sprinters or those willing…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Le Tour de France 2013, Stage 19

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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…


Velominati Super Prestige: Le Tour de France 2013

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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…

The Nufenenpass photo:(KEYSTONE/Jean-Christophe Bott)

Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de Suisse 2013

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The mighty VSP generator has been switched on once again. The mil-spec hydraulic fluid has been changed since the Giro. A new power take-off belt has also been installed. And the punch card reader has been refurbished. Broome and Berti are already riding the Critérium du Dauphiné. The top contenders prefer the Dauphiné for the…

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