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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Altopiano del Montasio. Photo via Cycling Passion

Velominati Super Prestige: Giro d’Italia 2013, Stage 10

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Day 5 of the Six Days of the Giro continues with an impromptu VSP event. Lets have a look at where we are in the 2013 Giro. Wiggins must have spent time training in Luxembourg because he’s been descending like a Schleck when things get dodgy before disappearing into the team van to have a cry about…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Giro D’Italia 2013

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Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of…

The monument to Eddy Merckx at the top of the Stockeau.

Velominati Super Prestige: Luik-Bastenaken-Luik 2013

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There is something to love about a race that makes a deviation to its route for the simple joy of sending a fleet of professional riders up a fiendishly steep and narrow ramp. The Cote du Stockeu offers zero benefit to the route from a logistical standpoint – in fact, all it does is complicate…

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Velominati Super Prestige: La Fléche Wallone 2013

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We came tantalizingly close to adding a foray up the Mur de Huy during our excursion to Liege-Bastogne-Liege during this year’s Keepers Tour. But good sense and the Anti-V prevailed, as they are wont to do, and only two of us were left wanting a dig at the most notorious finishing climb in the Classics…

photo: Bettini

Velominati Super Prestige: La Fléche Wallone Féminine 2013

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Last year we saw Evelyn Stevens out-last Marianne Vos at the top of the Mur de Huy. The take home message is don’t start one’s charge too early. Vos should know this finish, having won it four times already. It’s hard to know who is on form in the professional women field as the races…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Amstel Gold 2013

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Yes it is a race named after a barely drinkable Dutch beer. I have enjoyed Amstel beer, brought to our table by a nice waitress, sitting outside in the Dutch spring. Atmosphere is everything. Do the Dutch brew awesome beer? I drank some good stuff in Amsterdam last spring but I’m pretty sure it was…

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