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What we learned from the 2017 men’s Spring Classics

It seems just yesterday that the Classics season was getting underway with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. But here we are, in late April, and the Spring Classics are done for another season. Before we turn our attention to the next part of the season, let’s take a look back over the men’s races of the 2017 …

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Photo gallery: The Valverde Show at the 2017 men’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The big question coming into Sunday’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege was “Can anybody beat Alejandro Valverde?” We now know the answer was “no”, but his rivals certainly weren’t about to hand him the victory. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) did his aggressive thing in the closing kilometres. Davide Formolo launched an impressive late bid for Cannondale-Drapac’s first WorldTour win …

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Memories of Michele: Scarponi remembered as an entertainer, a motivator and as a warm human being

If Saturday brought the shock, the news that Michele Scarponi had been struck by a van and killed while on a training ride, Tuesday is when cold reality sinks in. The funeral of the 2011 Giro d’Italia champion took place in Filottrano and was attended by his Astana team and staff plus many others from …

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Mitchelton-Scott: How GreenEdge plans to bring Chinese riders, and sponsors, to the WorldTour

It was back in January that GreenEdge Cycling first announced the creation of a new Continental team. Registered in China and backed by Gerry Ryan, Mitchelton-Scott was to feature a combination of Chinese and Australian riders. So how did this new team come about? And why? What’s the link between Mitchelton-Scott and Orica-Scott? And what …

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Valverde takes fourth Liège-Bastogne-Liège, dedicates win to Scarponi

Four days after he took a record fifth Flèche Wallonne, Alejandro Valverde clocked up his fourth Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Movistar rider followed up his wins in 2006, 2008 and 2015 with another success, overhauling 2013 champion Dan Martin after the latter made his move inside the final kilometre. Martin was himself responding to a move by …

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Photo gallery: A glimpse into cycling’s past at Paris-Roubaix’s retro market

It may have been hours before the team presentation held on the day before Paris-Roubaix, but the cycling aficionados were already in attendance. As they waited for the riders, they wandered around a pop-up market held metres from the sign-on area in Compiègne’s Place Charles de Gaulle. For those interested in the sport’s past, it …

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege: moments in history

The final of the Spring Classics, Liege-Bastogne- Liege, will cover 258km and presents multiple riders with their last opportunity to salvage something from their Classics campaign. It’s hard to look past three-time winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) as the strong favourite but with almost 4,000 metres of climbing on the menu there are plenty of chances …

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Preview: What you need to know about the 2017 men’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege

It’s time for the third and final of the Ardennes Classics, and the very last of the Spring Classics for 2017: Liege-Bastogne-Liege. First held in 1892, “La Doyenne” is the oldest of the season’s five Monuments and the fourth such race this year (after Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.) Here’s what you …

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By the numbers: What it takes to be competitive at the Amstel Gold Race

Last Sunday, Philippe Gilbert (QuickStep) rode his way to his second big victory of the spring, beating Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) in a two-up sprint to win his fourth Amstel Gold Race. It was another terrific performance from the resurgent Belgian, not least because he crashed early in the race and suffered a small tear in …

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Photo gallery: Narrow roads and thrilling attacks at the 2017 men’s Amstel Gold Race

In theory, the removal of the Cauberg from the 2017 Amstel Gold Race should have worked against Philippe Gilbert (QuickStep Floors). After all, it was on that particular climb that the Belgian fashioned his three previous wins in The Netherlands’ only one-day WorldTour race, and likewise his victory at the 2012 Road World Championships. But …

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