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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…

Cooke takes a Rule #9 Gold (dispite violating the Goldilocks Principle)

Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Olympic Road Race 2012

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What a difference four years can make. In Beijing, Nicole Cooke was the dominant rider in Women’s Cycling, taking wins in every important race on the Women’s calendar for several years running. Fast finish, good in the hills, good against the clock, she helped give context to what we mean by the term “all rounder”. Four…

Grewal, legally doped to the gills, takes the win ahead of Canadian Steve Bauer.

Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s Olympic Road Race 2012

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You can all wave “goodbye” to your Post GT Depression Syndrome, because the Men’s Olympic Road Race is only three days yonder. I don’t typically give two shits about this particular event; while contested by national teams, unlike the Worlds it appears as just another one-day race on a calendar filled with events that carry…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de France 2012, Stage 16

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Which bold rider has this stage circled in their tour bible? Wednesday July 18th, Stage 16, 197 km. The day after a the final rest day. A climbing day with two HC climbs followed by two Category 1 climbs and a serious descent toward the finish. The Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin and Peyresourde: you better be…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de France 2012, Stage 11

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During the 1969 Tour de France, Felice Gimondi and Ray Poulidor were fined for taking a ride from a lorry up the Tourmalet. What about Merkcx? Well, he was towing the lorry. Its an old joke, but like any good joke, it stays funny no matter how many times you hear it. I bet it’s…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de France 2012

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We are proud to announce a change to the Velominati Super Prestige moving forward: sponsorship. We are delighted (if a little surprised) at the interest our partners showed in this endeavor, despite the short notice we gave them. Four sponsors will be gracing the sides of our team bus for this year’s race: fi’zi:k is our Super…

Marianne Vos in the pink.

Velominati Super Prestige: Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile 2012

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It seems a disservice to start the Women’s Giro right before the Tour de France. Even at Velominati’s main bunker HQ, the new TdF VSP sponsorship excitement has overshadowed this race. But at least it is starting (the race and the VSP), nine stages, a time trial, some sprinting, some climbing and some serious transfers.…

Andy Hampsten becomes the first North American to win a National Tour at the Tour de Suisse.

Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de Suisse 2012

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This is an exciting time of year. The Giro is in the books, the Tour is firmly in everyone’s sights, and those of us with the vaguest idea of how the big race will unfold are prognosticating the loudest as we use races that are proven to reveal fuck-all about what will happen at the…

The famous bends of the Stelvio

Velominati Super Prestige: Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage 20

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See that huge mountain over there? The one with the steep, twisty road going up it? The one that is often covered in snow this time of year? Right, race ya to the top. I don’t know what more there is to say about this year’s Giro; four days from the end, with two of the biggest…

Velominati Super Prestige: Giro d'Italia 2012

Velominati Super Prestige: Giro d’Italia 2012

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After a winter of long training rides that offered more in the way of numb extremities than it did in acute enjoyment, I have to say that the warming of the air and brightening of the skies have served to remind me that while I love riding in bad weather, I certainly don’t have anything against riding when its nice…

Eric Van Lacker leads LBL riding the most beautiful saddle ever made, the Rolls.

Velominati Super Prestige: Luik-Bastenaken-Luik 2012

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I thought I’d take this opportunity to move en danseuse on Rule #89 and to refer to Liege-Bastogne-Liege by its less-common Flemish name. It also draws into sharp relief that fact that while Dutch may be every bit as expressive and subtle as French, it certainly sounds less sexy. Some races seem to foster a romanticism that…

Armstrong and Arndt           photo by B. Denti

Velominati Super Prestige: Flèche Wallonne Femmes 2012

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During the Ronde von Vlaanderen, we of the 2012 Keeper’s Spring Classic Tour were right on the Oude Kwaremont climb as the women big-ringed it up the cobbles. Kristin Armstrong (US Women’s Team) was burying herself to get on Judith Arndt’s (Greenedge) wheel. It looked like the winning break was going right in front of…

Simpson leads Gimondi and Poggiali in 1965

Velominati Super Prestige: La Fleche Wallonne 2012

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I just had to use this pic of Tom Simpson in 1965 wearing the Peugeot kit as the title pic for this year’s VSP for La Fleche Wallonne. Rigid hooked himself up on the Keepers Tour with the same kit he purchased at the Flanders Cycling Museum and it’s Grade A nipple lube. Although victory…

Joop and Steven break clear in Amstel Gold

Velominati Super Prestige: Amstel Gold Race 2012

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When people think of the The Netherlands, they generally think of flat lands, windmills, and a topography where people claim to “live at elevation” when their home on the third floor of a building. Never the less, this is not entirely true as The Motherland does, in its most southern reaches, boast quite hilly terrain; the…

VELOMINATI HIS THE COBBLES OF CAPPELLE EN PÉVÉLLE. PHOTO: JESSE WILLEMS

Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Roubaix 2012

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We rode the Pavé of Roubaix in the dry, and any comforting feelings we might have been carrying about with us that suggested we had somehow prepared for them were summarily vaporized as we hit the first secteur. Riding together in a group, unable to reach for the brakes or the shifters, we all were hit…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Ronde van Vlaanderen 2012

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The Keepers and Rigid rolled into a region in France called Flandres which, without doing any further research into the matter, we assume is the coloquial French term for this region of the world. If its anything like the other regions in Europe, these places have roots that extend way past any modern country’s border…

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Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen 2012

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The Velominati Super-Prestige continues with our second Women’s event of 2012, the Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen. This one is made even more exciting for me by the fact that I now have some small connection to the Women’s Tibco Racing Team, as I watched with envy as they each pulled their bikes off the oversized…

Tom Steels takes his second G-W victory in 1999

Velominati Super Prestige: Gent-Wevelgem 2012

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Gent conjures up images of the quintessential Flemish city. Age-old medieval architecture rising from the river’s edge is classically Belgian. Gent is also firmly tied to Belgium’s greatest gift to the world, cycling tradition. Many a pro-expat cyclist has relocated to Gent with the hope of testing their mettle in the seat of cycling’s soul.…

Fignon drills it on the Pogio in 1989. Photo: L'Equipe

Velominati Super Prestige: Milano San-Remo 2012

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The Poggio. It’s probably one of the most famous easy climbs in the world; going through old cycling photographs, I rarely come across one where the leaders haven’t moved Sur La Plaque. It has a reputation, however, for being a real leg breaker, mostly because any climb is a big climb once you cross its…