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Paris Roubaix 2018 Photos

I’ve been lucky enough to catch a lot of races abroad this spring, my trips to Spring Classics ended with a visit to Paris Roubaix to see the pros take on the Hell of the North. The race gets its name from the shocking state of the French countryside after the First World War. The brutality of the cobbled sectors also helps give it that...

Paris Roubaix Mud

Paris – Roubaix 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

It’s that time of year for the Hell of the North – Paris Roubaix. Luckily for the riders involved, the weather forecast looks pretty reasonable. A temperature of 15 degrees is good enough to not have to wear the leg/arm warmers and with only the odd shower forecast, they should get away with not having slippy cobbles and a quagmire to deal with. We’ve got...

Tour of Flanders 2018 Photos

The final race and the highlight of my trip to Belgium this Spring – the Tour of Flanders. It’s a race I’ve never been to before but knew to expect that the sheer amount of people watching would far eclipse any of the races I’d seen so far. It didn’t disappoint, the start packed out the large central square in Antwerp and the finish packed...

Tour of Flanders Kapelmuur

Tour of Flanders 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The crowning point of the Flemish classics is, of course, the Tour of Flanders. It’s also the race that gives an entire region its identity; expect to see copious amounts of yellow Flemish flags being waved during the race. For many it’ll be the end of their Spring Classics season as the races move onto Northern France and the Ardennes so they’ll be keen to make...

Gent – Wevelgem 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Gent – Wevelgem is a race where the puncheurs do battle with the sprinters to make it a tough enough race to not be a bunch sprint at the end. Traditionally, winners here are the punchy sprinters, every now and again the out and out puncheur gets themself a win (e.g. Paolini in 2015 and Eisel in 2010). It depends if any sprinters can keep...

Greg van Avermaet & Philippe Gilbert on the Varent section - E3 Harelbeke 2017 Mathew Mitchell

E3 Harelbeke 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

E3 Harelbeke, known as the Little Tour of Flanders, is an ideal warm-up for the main event itself – the Ronde van Vlaanderen itself. The route covers many of the same cobbled hellingen (hills to English speakers), particularly the Oude Kwaremont, the Paterberg and the Taaienberg. The last two riders to do ‘the double’ were the kings of Flanders themselves, Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara...