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Woet Pouls won from a break in a similar stage last year. Photo via sbs.co.uk

A rather bizarre stage profile which is pretty much downhill all the way for the first half of the stage and then things get a little lumpy, with a cat 2 climb coming with just 15km to go. Woet Pouls won from a breakaway in a similar looking stage last year and we could see the same result this year or perhaps the reduced bunch sprint for the line that was expected in Stage 1.

After the lump in the road at 6km...

Bryan Coquard celebrated too early, which gave Jens Debusschere the victory in 2016. Photo via sbs.com.au

A triple header of one day racing in Belgium this week begins with Dwars door Vlaanderen. The race covers many of the cobbles and ‘hellingen’ as Omloop Het Neuisblad did last month and is another key marker for those targeting the Tour of Flanders in just over a weeks time. In fact, this whole week is a key marker! Around 10km longer than Omloop, Dwars door Vlaanderen is 203.3km, 11.4km...


Arnauld Demare took a surprise win in 2016, after a crash in the final few hundred metres disrupted the finish. Photo via www.bicitv.it

It seems fitting that in the UK at least, we’ve seen spring arrive just in time for La Primavera. However, in recent years it’s been the lack of good weather that has characterised the racing at Milan-Sanremo, with snow, rain and landslides featuring. Thankfully for the riders this year, it will have the sun on their backs all the way to Milan.

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Tim Wellens won a thrilling final stage at last year’s race. Outsprinting Contador and Porte, who failed to gain enough time to over the eventual GC winner, Geraint Thomas. Photo via wielerflits.nl

The season has truly begun for the classics men of the peloton, and now it’s time for the Grand Tour GC favourites to kick-start their season. Paris-Nice is known as ‘The Race To The Sun’, and that is very much true as the majority of the stages will be set against the backdrop of a cold and damp...