Spring Classics

Tour of Flanders: Moments in history

This Sunday the cycling world will focus its attention on the Flanders region of Belgium for the second “Monument” of the 2016 season: the Tour of Flanders. To get you in the mood, here are a selection of images from recent decades of this great race. Enjoy! Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the …

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How the Race Was Won: 2015 Amstel Gold Race

The spring classics have now moved to the Ardennes and Amstel Gold brings through a change of cast in the contendors. In a race won three times by Philippe Gilbert (four, if you count the 2012 World Championships held on nearly the same course) the final kilometer was fairly predictable. Except that it didn’t go …

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The 2015 Amstel Gold Race through the lens of Kristof Ramon

Here at CyclingTips we’re lucky to be able to work with some of the best cycling photographers in the world. It’s always a joy to pore over the dozens and dozens of photos that come our way after the big races, seeing the little details we missed while watching the coverage on TV. Belgian photographer …

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Monsieur Paris-Roubaix

Sebastien Corne is described as a fascinating and eccentric character who loves everything about the race that takes place in his backyard every year – Paris-Roubaix. I’ve only had the pleasure of communicating with him over email and social media and was hoping to meet up with him last week, but it didn’t work out. …

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Paris-Roubaix through the lens of Kristof Ramon

Few races on the WorldTour calendar capture the imagination quite like Paris-Roubaix. The culmination of several weeks of cobbled racing in Belgium and France, the ‘Hell of the North’ is an early-season target for many riders, a technical challenge for bike and equipment manufacturers and a captivating spectacle for fans of the sport. Where the …

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It’s back! CyclingTips 2016 Spring Classics Tour

We’re stoked to announce that we’re making the pilgrimage back to the Spring Classics next year in 2016! Together with BikeStyle Tours we’ve brought back the Spring Classics tour that we did back in 2012. We’ll ride the Tour of Flanders Sportif, smash the cobbles of the Arenberg Forest, ride into the velodrome in Roubaix …

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Ronde van Vlaanderen through the lens of Kristof Ramon

Alexander Kristoff has quietly chalked up some impressive wins during his relatively young career including two Tour de France stage wins, Milan-San remo last season, and now added Ronde van Vlaanderen to his impressive palmares. The Norwegian Katusha rider reached the finish of De Ronde together with Niki Terpstra, and despite the Etixx-QuickStep rider opting not …

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Bikes of Flanders: Sep Vanmarcke’s Bianchi Infinito CV

In the past few days we’ve been featuring some of the interesting and unusual bikes that were on display at Sunday’s Tour of Flanders. In this instalment CyclingTips’ roving reporter Dave Everett learns a little about Sep Vanmarcke’s custom Bianchi Infinito CV. Over at LottoNL-Jumbo’s hotel on the eve of the Tour of Flanders, one …

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Bikes of Flanders: Lotto-Soudal’s New Unnamed Ridleys

Heading to team hotels before the start of any big race is always a privilege, it’s also a prime place to get chatting with the mechanics of the teams as they toil away outside on the team bikes while the riders are inside keeping warm with their legs up. On a visit to the hotel …

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Inside the Tour of Flanders: on-board cameras from Velon

Velon was launched earlier this year and is a joint business venture of eleven of the teams. CEO Graham Bartlett says: “It has three founding principles: To make the sport more exciting, bring new technology too it and that this all has to be underpinned by sustainable and credible teams.” One of Velon’s goals is to improve …

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