2022 Spring Classics – Merlin Cycles Weblog


It’s that point of yr when the World Tour Riders are set to do battle within the historic one-day races of Europe – The Classics. Steeped in biking historical past, the classics usually supply way more by way of fireworks and leisure than Grand Excursions. The massive 5 Classics are often known as the Monuments – the largest and oldest, they carry further kudos for the winners.

When do they Begin?

The early ‘pre’ Traditional races of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne Brussels Kuurne (KBK) kicked proceedings off final weekend. Wout Van Aert and Annemiek van Vleuten received on the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Fabio Jakobsen received at Kuurne Brussels Kuurne.

Strade Bianche – Italy 05/03/22

The true Classics start fifth March in Italy with the Strada Bianche, famend for its capability to supply an thrilling race. The route meanders by Tuscany that includes the amazingly photogenic surroundings of the realm. The white gravel tracks make up sections of the route and add an additional dimension to the race. Relying on the climate, this race is both a dirty suffer-fest or a completely beautiful Tuscan delight.

Final Winners: Mathieu van der Poel  / Chantal van den Broek-Blaak

Milan San Remo -Italy (Monument) 19/03/22

Recognized by Italians as ‘La Classicissima’, the 298k route by north-west Italy is the longest sooner or later skilled race. Because the first version in 1907, key riders of their period have all stamped their mark on the occasion, together with Eddy Merckx, who received the race 7 occasions.

Final Winner: Jasper Stuyven

E3 Harelbeke – Belgium 25/03/22

The E3 took its identify from the identify of the European Route (E03) from Lisbon to Stockholm. The street is now the E17 connecting Antwerp and Kortrikt. Often round 200 kilometres lengthy the E3 takes in all of the well-known flanders climbs earlier than making its strategy to the end in Harelbeke. Usually together with the identical powerful cobbled climbs as La Ronde, E3 is a real cobbled traditional.

Final Winner: Kasper Asgreen

Gent Wevelgem – Belgium 27/03/22

Working since 1934 Gent Wevelgem was historically often known as the sprinter’s race, historically held the week earlier than the Tour of Flanders. The 2020 version will characteristic ‘Plugstreets’ or grime roads once more, as did the race did in 2018/19. The race by Flanders Fields is all the time a troublesome time out.

Final Winner: Wout van Aert / Marianne Vos

Tour of Flanders – Belgium (Monument) 3/04/22

Also called De Ronde, the Tour of Flanders is THE largest race in Belgium. There’s a museum devoted to the historical past of the occasion in Oudenaarde, close to to its iconic climbs, the Paterberg, Koppenberg and Oude Kwaremont. The route all the time produces a dramatic and exiting race.

Final Winners: Kasper Asgreen / Annemiek van Vleuten

Paris Roubaix – France (Monument) 17/04/22

The Paris Roubaix, also called the ‘Hell of the North’ options sectors of previous cobbled farm tracks which often solely see tractors. The sectors of cobbles are often decisive to the race’s final result, earlier than the riders head by the streets of Roubaix in the direction of the well-known Velodrome end.

Final Winner: Sonny Colbrelli / Lizzie Deignan

Amstel Gold – Holland 10/04/22

Maarstrckt within the Netherlands hosts Hollands largest sooner or later bike race the Amstel Gold. Sponsored by the nations hottest brew, the Amstel often finishes in Valkenburg, following a testing tour across the areas powerful rolling climbs. The Cauberg climb often helps animate this Dutch delight of a race.

Final Winners: Wout van Aert / Marianne Vos

La Fleche Wallone – Belgium 21/04/20

The rolling roads in between Liege and Luxembourg often swimsuit climbers greater than sooner or later specialists. The steep climb of the Mur De Huy often helps animate the race this a lot cherished race. The Fleche is the primary of the Ardenne classics, often earlier than Liege Baston Liege.

Final Winners: Julian Alaphilippe / Anna van der Breggen

Liege Bastogne Liege – Belgium (Monument) 20/04/22

Usually known as ‘La Doyenne’ (The Outdated Girl) the Liege has been run since 1892 and has featured wins by all probably the most distinguished sooner or later racers by historical past. The powerful rolling roads of the Ardennes all the time guarantee a deserving winner, Eddy Merckx received the mens occasion 5 occasions.

Final Winner: Tadej Pogačar / Demi Vollering

Giro De Lomardia – Italy (Monument)8/10/22

The normal closing traditional of the season is also called the ‘Race of the Falling Leaves’. It’s often held within the second week of October and is one final likelihood for the professional’s to take a giant win to spice up their contract for the next yr. Held since 1905, apart from 1943 / 44 due to the Struggle. The race has been received by all of the greats, together with Kelly, Hinault, Merckx and England’s personal, Tom Simpson.

Final Winner: Tadej Pogačar

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