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2011 Classic Season Awards – Part 1

With the Giro d’Italia imminent, the terrible truth is that the Classics Season has drawn to a close. We here at Pavé thought it would be fitting that in lieu of bestowing Rider of the Month (which we have probably already made quite clear) and Team of the Month, as we are accustomed to publishing, … Continue reading

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Gilbert Needs A Lieutenant

There is some reporting floating around that Phillipe Gilbert is interested in racing with Vacansoleil’s Bjorn Leukemans at whatever team he winds up when his contract with Omega Pharma-Lotto expires. Gilbert and Leukemans aren’t strangers to each other, clearly. They took first and second at the Brabantse Pijl this year, riding away from the field … Continue reading

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2011 Paris-Roubaix – Preview

  As excited as I am for Sunday’s race, I often feel a bit sad in the days leading-up to Paris-Roubaix as I know it signals the end of the cobbled classics campaign. That said, everything looks set for a terrific race Sunday—even if the “epic” conditions many crave don’t look to be in the … Continue reading

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Monday Musette – Wrapping-up the Ronde

  Two Monuments down and two to go so far this spring—can it get any more exciting? Here’s what we saw during yesterday’s Tour of Flanders: 1. With his fantastic win yesterday, Saxo Bank-Sunguard’s Nick Nuyens joined the upper echelon of contemporary Belgian classics stars, adding the Ronde to a resume that already includes the … Continue reading

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2011 Team-By-Team Season Preview: Vacansoleil-DCM

Each year, Pavé previews the upcoming road season with a countdown of the top-20 teams in the sport—we started last week with 20, 19, 18, and 17.  Today we pick things up with #16. #15 – Vacansoleil-DCM It’s always ways a risky proposition when teams try and sign their way into the sport’s biggest races. … Continue reading

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2010 Team-By-Team Season Review: #15

#15 – Vacansoleil (Preview Ranking: #17) What We Said: Vacansoleil is the epitome of a team trying to do more with less.  Look at its stars from 2009: Bozic, Hoogerland, and Westra are hardly household names, yet they accounted for more wins than several teams with bigger budgets and more recognizable rosters.  In addition to … Continue reading

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