Fleche Wallonne 2016 - Mathew Mitchell

Spring Classics 2017 Dates and Favourites

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In the early part of 2017 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 E3 Harelbeke and take part in the sportive for it 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 2017 Dates

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
25th February
Last Winner: Greg van Avermaet
Suits: Puncheurs and Power riders
1 – Boonen 2 – Sagan 3 – Van Avermaet

Kuurne – Brussels – Kuurne
26th February
Last Winner: Jasper Stuyven
Suits: Sprinters and Puncheurs
1 – Kristoff 2 – Bouhanni 3 – Sagan

Strade Bianche
4th March
Last Winner: Fabian Cancellara
Suits: Power riders

Milan – San Remo
18th March
Last Winner: Arnaud Demare
Suits: Sprinters

Dwars Door Vlaanderen
22nd March
Last Winner: Jens Debusschere
Suits: Powerful Sprinters

E3 Harelbeke
24th March
Last Winner: Michal Kwiatkowski
Suits: Puncheurs

Gent – Wevelgem
26th March
Last Winner: Peter Sagan
Suits: Puncheurs and Powerful Sprinters

Tour of Flanders
2nd April
Last Winner: Peter Sagan
Suits: Puncheurs and Power Riders

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

Paris – Roubaix
9th April
Last Winner: Mathew Hayman
Suits: Power Riders
I rode the 2013 sportive of Paris – Roubaix

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

Brabantse Pijl
12th April
Last Winner: Peter Vakoc
Suits: Powerful Sprinters

Amstel Gold Race
16th April
Last Winner: Enrico Gasparotto
Suits: Puncheurs, Powerful Climbers

La Fleche Wallonne
19th April
Last Winner: Alejandro Valverde
Suits: Powerful Climbers
Photos from 2016’s race

Fleche Wallonne 2016 - Mathew Mitchell - spring classics

Liege – Bastogne – Liege
23rd April
Last Winner: Wout Poels
Suits: Powerful Climbers
I rode the 2016 version of the sportive of LBL

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