2018 Spring Classics Dates and Favourites

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In the early part of 2018 are the collection of races known as the spring classics. These races all have lots of character and tradition and for the most part take place in Belgium (with the odd exceptions in Italy and the Netherlands). A lot feature the brutal addition of cobblestones, some are on regular roads, one takes place on white gravel roads and all of them have some brutal hills involved.

I shall be making the trip to Belgium to see and report on Gent -Wevelgem, Dwars Door Vlaanderen and the Tour of Flanders this year. I’ll also be taking part in the sportive for Gent-Wevelgem and Tour of Flanders too, so that race is marked in my calendar. Listed are all the other main races that make up the Spring Classics period.

Ian Stannard wins the 2016 Omloop het Nieuwsblad spring classics

 

Spring Classics 2018 Dates

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
24th February
Last Winner: Greg van Avermaet
Suits: Puncheurs and Powerful riders
Preview

Kuurne – Brussels – Kuurne
25th February
Last Winner: Peter Sagan
Suits: Sprinters and Puncheurs

Strade Bianche
3rd March
Last Winner: Michal Kwiatkowski
Suits: Powerful riders who like a bit of muck
Preview

Milan – San Remo
17th March
Last Winner: Michal Kwiatkowski
Suits: Sprinters
Preview

E3 Harelbeke
23rd March
Last Winner: Greg van Avermaet
Suits: Puncheurs
Preview
I rode the 2017 E3 Harelbeke sportive (Fabian Cancellara Classic)

Oliver Naesen, Greg van Avermaet & Philippe Gilbert - Oude Kwaremont - E3 Harelbeke 2017 Mathew Mitchell

Oliver Naesen, Greg van Avermaet & Philippe Gilbert on Oude Kwaremont during 2017 E3 Harelbeke

Gent – Wevelgem
25th March
Last Winner: Greg van Avermaet
Suits: Puncheurs and Powerful Sprinters
Preview
I rode the 2017 Gent – Wevelgem sportive and now the 2018 sportive too

Dwars Door Vlaanderen
28th March
Last Winner: Yves Lampaert
Suits: Powerful Sprinters
Preview

Tour of Flanders
1st April
Last Winner: Philippe Gilbert
Suits: Puncheurs and Powerful Riders
Preview

Scheldeprijs
5th April
Last Winner: Marcel Kittel
Suits: Sprinters

Paris – Roubaix
8th April
Last Winner: Greg van Avermaet
Suits: Powerful Riders and Cobbles Specialists
Preview
I rode the 2013 sportive of Paris – Roubaix

Mat Hayman on his way to winning 2016 Paris Roubaix spring classics

2016 Paris – Roubaix winner Mat Hayman

Brabantse Pijl
11th April
Last Winner: Sonny Colbrelli
Suits: Powerful Sprinters

Amstel Gold Race
15th April
Last Winner: Philippe Gilbert
Suits: Puncheurs, Powerful Climbers
Preview

La Fleche Wallonne
18th April
Last Winner: Alejandro Valverde
Suits: Powerful Climbers
Preview
Photos from 2016’s race

Fleche Wallonne 2016 - Mathew Mitchell - spring classics

The peloton negotiates a hairpin in the 2016 Fleche Wallonne

Liege – Bastogne – Liege
22nd April
Last Winner: Alejandro Valverde
Suits: Powerful Climbers
I rode the 2016 version of the sportive of LBL

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Mathew Mitchell

My name is Mathew Mitchell, 30 from Staffordshire, UK. Over the last few years I've got more and more into cycling, from the first innocent Sportive events to Audaxes, Go-Races, British Cycling racing and now Time Trials.

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