Tagged: Van Avermaet

All my posts that mention Greg Van Avermaet in some way.

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Milan – San Remo 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

This Saturday’s Milan – San Remo is a beast, 291 kilometres long, it’s one of the longest professional races on the calendar. A relatively flat parcours sees the riders cover a lot of flat ground until the mid-race climb of the Turchino and the final sequence of climbs involving the Cipressa and the Poggio. The Cipressa often thins out the bunch and the Poggio can...

Tiesj Benoot Strade Bianche 2018 0

Strade Bianche 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

After a weekend in Belgium, the WorldTour moves on to Italy, with Strade Bianche taking place on Saturday 9th March. This relatively new classic will see its 13th edition in 2019 – it’s captured the imagination through its use of energy sapping white gravel roads which require strength and good bike handling to negotiate. Last year’s Strade Bianche saw heavy snowfall happen in the days...

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is the start of the Spring Classics season. It’s the first race that will lead us into the major classics of the season like Paris Roubaix and Liege Bastogne Liege. Omloop Het Nieuwsblad contains a few of the same cobbled climbs (hellingen) that are also raced over in E3 Harelbeke and the crown jewel race of the Spring- the Tour of Flanders. Puncheur riders...

The Amstel Gold Race finish line - I won!

Amstel Gold 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Done are the Flemish classics, we’ve now moved onto the Ardennes region. These races follow a different pattern to what we’ve seen already this year, cobbles are pretty much done with but are replaced with a multitude of short sharp climbs instead. The famous climb in Amstel Gold is the Cauberg, found in Valkenburg near the southernmost tip of the Netherlands. The race will ascend...

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...