Previews

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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Preview: What you need to know about the 2017 Amstel Gold Race

The cobbled classics are over and it’s now time for so-called ‘Ardennes Week’, a collection of races in and around the Ardennes region of eastern Belgium. The first of those races, the Amstel Gold Race, isn’t actually in Belgium at all — it’s over the border in the Netherlands and is the only Dutch one-day …

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Preview: What you should know before watching the 2017 Paris-Roubaix

Few bike races capture the imagination quite like Paris-Roubaix. “L’enfer du Nord” (“The Hell of the North”) is played out on the cobblestones of Northern France and is arguably the toughest and most unforgiving one-day race in the world. It takes a special rider to win at Paris-Roubaix — one that excels on the roughest …

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Preview: What you need to know about the 2017 Tour of Flanders

It’s the second Monument of the year, the biggest bike race in Belgium – if not the biggest sporting event in Belgium — and one of the hardest one-day races in world cycling. The Ronde van Vlaanderen, the Tour of Flanders, returns this Sunday with what is its 101st edition. Here’s what you should know …

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The ‘other Roubaix’: Pros and amateurs set for battle on Colorado’s dirt roads

There are no cobblestones. The roads weren’t built by Romans. It doesn’t finish in a velodrome. That said, Colorado’s Boulder Roubaix, which takes place April 8, one day before its namesake, has become an American classic in its own right. Held on the dirt roads north of Boulder since 1990, the race has become a …

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Preview: What you need to know about the 2017 Milan-San Remo

With Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico now complete, it’s time for the first of the season’s five Monuments: “La Classicissima”, Milan-San Remo. The longest of the Monuments and one of the most prestigious one-day races on the calendar, Milan-San Remo takes the riders nearly 300km from northern Italy down to and along the Mediterranean coastline, in a …

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Entering its 26th year, the Sea Otter Classic means many things to many cyclists

Say the words “Sea Otter Classic” to a cyclist, and their initial reaction will tell you as much about themselves as it does about the event, which enters its 26th year next month. What started out in 1991 as a mountain-bike race, held at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, has evolved into one …

Preview: Your guide to the 2017 men’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

In just its third year, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has been promoted to the WorldTour, the highest level of racing on the elite men’s calendar. As the name suggests, this one-day race is both a tribute to Australia’s most decorated cyclist and an event that visits one of Australia’s most famous coastal …

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Women’s cyclocross worlds preview: the highly anticipated finale to a stellar season

If last Saturday’s World Cup finale in Hoogerheide was a prelude for the 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships this weekend then we are in for a major treat! This season has shown that women’s professional cyclocross is more competitive than ever before. The women’s elite field frequently drew more starters than the men’s, and it …

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Cyclocross worlds preview: In Bieles, a new chapter will be written between the sport’s two young stars

The outcome of the 2017 elite men’s world cyclocross championship, held Sunday in Bieles, Luxembourg, will almost certainly be the climactic endpoint to one of three equally unconventional storylines. First: Young former world champion misses first month of season returning from knee surgery, battles with current young world champion during heart of season, has scary …

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