Valverde took his fourth atop the Mur de Huey in last year’s race. Photo via www.lemonde.fr

It’s Ardenne week, the final week of one-day races before we focus our attention on the GC riders and the 100th Giro. First up (well, second up really, but we were enjoying our Easter eggs a bit too much and missed Amstel Gold) we have La Flèche Wallonne, The Arrow of Walloone. This is a race about one climb. That may sound simplistic, but in reality, the race before the final 1.3km ascent of the Mur...

It’s that time of year again. That bittersweet period when you realise that it’s Paris-Roubaix but also the end of the cobbled classics for another year. With a spring classics season that will go down as one of the best, the Queen of the Classics could top things off in spectacular style. Clocking in at 257km, this year’s Hell of the North takes in twenty-nine sectors of pave, which make up 55km of the race, 2.2km more than last year. This is a race where the body and the mind take a...


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Contador could make it a record breaking five victories at Pais Vasco this week.

We’re back in Spain for more climbing, although compared to recent years the profile of the week in the Basque country is not as intense. However, that’s not to say that the climbing will be any less fierce.

The race begins in Pamplona, Miguel Indurain’s hometown. In fact, the first two stages take place here, the first is a nailed on sprint with a few categorised climbs preceding the final flat 30km. The...

Peter Sagan drops Sep Vanmarcke on the Paterberg on his way to winning the 100th edition of De Ronde

 

After weeks of classics and semi-classics taking place on the cobbles and bergs of Belgium it’s time for the main event, De Ronde van Vlaanderen. The race this year starts in Antwerp, after the previous 19 editions began in Bruges. The other change to this year’s edition is that the infamous and iconic Muur van Geraardsbergen returns after a five-year absence. However, as it appears early...