Classic times ahead

Flanders
Get used to seeing a lot of this flag, especially if Tom Boonen gets his shit together as he seems to do every second year. He’s due.

Okay, so I’m excited. Are you? The top guys might be in the Middle East this week. But it’s just over a month until the first of the big spring one-day races in Europe, aka the Classics. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, road surfaces and – as 2013 graphically demonstrated – weather patterns. There’s the big four spring Monuments, of course. Milano-Sanremo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. But there’s also a support cast of great races in the non-stop glut of two-wheeled awesomeness that is March and April in Europe. Will it snow? Probably. Will it rain? Probably. Will it be hot? Probably? Will it be windy? Probably. Will there be more crashes and Flemish flags that you can poke a paper cupful of pommes frites at? Probably. Will anyone be surprised? Not in your life.

I’ll never forget this race. As a biased Australian cycling fan, how good was it?!

Here are the dates. Lock ’em in. 

Milano-San Remo, Italy (circa 1907)
23rd March 2014

E3 Harelbeke, Belgium (circa 1958)
28th March 2014

Gent-Wevelgem, Belgium (circa 1934)
30th March 2014

De Ronde van Vlaanderen (aka Tour of Flanders), Belgium (circa 1913)
6th April 2014

Paris-Roubaix, France (circa 1896)
13th April 2014

Amstel Gold Race, Netherlands (circa 1966) – Ardennes Classic
20th April 2014

La Fleche Wallonne, Belgium (circa 1936) – Ardennes Classic
23rd April 2014

Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Belgium (circa 1892, the oldest still-running one day race on the planet) – Ardennes Classic
27th April 2014

paris-roubaix
Cobbles, we love cobbles. Especially when we’re not the ones riding over them.
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