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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 Flèche 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…

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Velominati Super Prestige: La Flèche 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…

The Lion cooks up a helping of V-cakes for Faboo after dishing out the hurt on Le Carrefour de l'Arbre

Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Roubaix 2013

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It looks so easy on the television. Well, no, actually it looks pretty bloody hard. We think we have some understanding of how they suffer, how their bodies can take the continual beating. But we don’t really know. Not even by riding these abominations they call roads twice in the space of a few days…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Ronde van Vlaanderen 2013

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Imagine a world without the little things we take for granted; a house without a roof, a pub with no beer, a Keepers Tour without any clothes. The last one is a reality for me at the moment, five days in and still no trace of where the hell between Wellington and Paris my bag…

Get ready to ruuuuuumbleeee!

Velominati Super Prestige: Ronde van Vlaanderen Féminine 2013

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Marianne Vos has never won this? She who wins everything all the time has never won this? Is it not hilly and tough enough? This seems like a tear in the time-space continuum. Someone is going to be wanting to add this to her palmarés. Weather sounds like a cold but dry day for racing. This…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Trofeo Alfredo Binda 2013

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This is the second round of the Women’s World Cup, the first being the Ronde van Drenthe. Laveno Mombello to Cittiglio, 120 km of racing in Italy. It is a very worthy course and we know who will be wearing the number 1 on her jersey. Enough already, I like Ms Vos as much as…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Gent-Wevelgem 2013

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Gent (Deinze)-Wevelgem, it starts with 130 km of cruising around Belgium and Northern France followed by a flurry of bergs and then a final 38 km of  flatter riding to the inevitable sprint finish. How hard can the climbing be if Super Mario got over them? Ask the riders from KT 2012, (the ones not in the following car) and…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Milan-Sanremo 2013

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Finally, we have Milan-Sanremo. I hope pedale.forcetta is ready to shoot some pictures, especially black and white because it will be cold and possibly wet. Throw in a little wind and a race of this distance will weed out the less hardy. Recently, but not too recently, this race would be won out of a…

Emily Collins (NZ) has some form going

Velominati Super Prestige: Ronde Van Drenthe 2013

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Ok, so you guys and gals don’t miss a trick, but sometimes we do. In fact, we kind of specialize in it. @Bianchi Denti just texted me to point out, as others have done on site, that we have almost missed the next stop on the VVomen’s VSP calendar, the Ronde Van Drenthe. On International…

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Velominati Super Prestige: L’Eroica/Strade Bianche 2013

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Until the 70’s it was common to race on gravel roads, but the Paving of the Planet has led to nearly every road being graced by smooth, black tarmac. As is the case with most things, once we are shown the easy path, it is difficult to return to more arduous ways. So it is with gravel…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013

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Outside my window, its pouring rain. My bike is leaning agains the wall in my office, covered in grim and grit from the ride in, which was characterized by equal parts cold, wind, and rain. The spot in the locker room where I changed before my shower was marked by sand and mud, and when…

Here is hoping for cold and wet.

Velominati Super Prestige: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Women 2013

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Finally, some cold nasty Belgian one day racing. Oman, Qatar, does anyone brag about winning those stage races? Yes, they might but really, it’s a tune up for the real season which finally begins this Saturday. Will racing in China or Oman grow the sport? Will there be a new wave of inspired young racers…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Paris Tours 2012

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The final race of the 2012 Velominati Super Prestige season is upon us. It’s not the most inspiring race, supposedly a race for the sprinters. The long straight final run in to the finish line begs for a mass sprint. It should be called Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais-Tours. The route is 235.5 km of small rollers through the…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Giro di Lombardia 2012

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Il Grillo gives it some stick in 06. Photo: actionplus sports images[/caption] Lombardia is a beautiful race. Taking in the majestic shoreline of Lake Como and climbing past the shrine to the Madonna del Ghisallo, its stunning Italian-ness bookends the Monuments along with Milan-San Remo which started them way back in March. And it’s a…

Camenzind barely had the energy to celebrate in '98. Photo: Bettini Photo

Velominati Super Prestige: Mens World Championship Road Race 2012

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I’m quite upset about it, actually, all this racing that’s been going on in perfectly good weather. Vlaanderen, dry. Roubaix, dry. We were nearly guaranteed shit weather with the Olympics in London, but even then, only the women got to get all Rule 9 on our asses – and only for one race. Damnit, I…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Road Championship 2012

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It seems like just weeks ago that Cav won his rainbow stripes, things were said, umbrage was taken. Luckily we have found more umbrage so we are good to go. This course is not like last year. It’s not exactly a sprinters finish. It’s a 128 km rumble in Valkenberg and the Dutch team is there…

Rui Costa leafs the opposition behind in 2011. Photo: Rob Jones

Velominati Super Prestige: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal 2012

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Ok, as some of you have been reminding us, this one slipped off the radar last year, and threatened to do the same again this time. Is it because it’s held in Canada? That despite a quality field and only two weeks away from the Worlds, it’s in Canada? That even though the course is…

Nibbles wins the 2010 edition of the Vuelta

Velominati Super Prestige: Vuelta a España 2012

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One of the loveliest things about the Grand Tours is that you get a feel, by the nature of the route, of the country’s landscape and physical qualities. Italy is littered with mountains and coasts, France is bordered by mountains with large swaths of open landscape throughout, and Spain is like Tatooine; mostly desert with…