14 March 2012

Update on the Classics

2012 Cycling Classics
Four Sundays in a row of great racing ahead from Italy, France, and Belgium. More race information about routes (parcours) and teams. Last year an Australian won in Italy, and three Belgians became national heroes by winning the 2 big 'Cobbled Classic' races in Belgium and the one 'Queen of the Classics' in France. You won't want to miss these - the heart of the Classics.

Did you know Paris-Roubaix was first run in 1896? Milano-Sanremo since 1904, Tour of Flanders since 1913, and Gent-Wevelgem since 1934. The term "Monuments" is used to refer to the oldest five races considered to be the most prestigious, these include: Milan – San Remo (Italy) in March, Tour of Flanders (Belgium) in April, Paris–Roubaix (France) in April, Liège–Bastogne–Liège (Belgium) in April, and Giro di Lombardia (Italy) in October. Only three riders have won all five 'Monument' one-day races during their careers: Roger De Vlaeminck, Rik Van Looy and Eddy Merckx, all three Belgians.

Below you will find links to the race websites, routes, profiles, time schedules, list of teams, rider start lists, and a reminder of who won in 2011.

Milan-San Remo  - Italy! (Milano-Sanremo) (La Primavera) (Sprinter's Classic)
Date: 17 March 2012
Race website: Milano San Remo official website or http://www.milansanremo.co.uk/ 
Organizer: La Gazzetta dello Sport 
Preview of the race: Milan-Sanremo - preparations meet tactics meet luck By Pedaling the Road, and Analysis: The real favorites for Milan-San Remo and what March says about July By VeloNews.com
Race History: How To Win Milano-Sanremo, By Fausto Coppi By Pez Cycling
Milan-San Remo Route: Milano - Sanremo Total: 298 Km 2012 Route Map 
Milan-San Remo Profile: Profile and Time Schedule (tabs) 
List of riders for Milan-San Remo: 2012 Startlist of riders
List of teams for Milan-San Remo:  
Acqua & Sapone (ITA)
Ag2r La Mondiale (FRA)
Astana Pro Team (KAZ) 
BMC Racing Team (USA)
Colnago - CSF Inox (IRL)
Colombia - Coldeportes (COL)
Euskaltel - Euskadi (ESP)
Farnese Vini - Selle Italia (GBR) 
FDJ - Big Mat (FRA) 
Garmin - Cervelo (USA) 
Greenedge Cycling Team (AUS) 
Katusha Team (RUS) 
Lampre - ISD (ITA) 
Liquigas - Cannondale (ITA) 
Lotto Belisol Team (BEL) 
Movistar Team (ESP) 
Omega Pharma - Quickstep (BEL)
Project 1T4I (NED) 
Rabobank Cycling Team (NED) 
Radioshack - Nissan (LUX) 
Sky Procycling (GBR) 
Team Saxo Bank (DEN)
Team Type 1 - Sanofi (USA)
Utensilnord Named (IRL)
Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team (NED) 

Go to Steephill.TV for links to live viewing
Milano-Sanremo 2012 is Saturday March 17th
Start time: Saturday 9:45 CET (1:45:00 AM MST); Current Weather in Milan
Earliest live video: 14:40 CET (6:40:00 AM MST); Live video, audio and text options
Approximate finish 17:00 CET (9:00:00 AM MST); Current Weather in San Remo
2012 Milan-San Remo route map
Last km map of Milan-San Remo
2011 winners: 
Milano-Sanremo 2011 results:
1 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad 
2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek 
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
Cancellara, Goss, Gilbert Milan San Remo 2011  Photo by Steephill.TV/sirotti

Gent-Wevelgem - Belgium!
Date: 25 March 2012 
Race website: Gent-Wevelgem official website 
Organizers: Flanders Classics
Gent-Wevelgem Route: 2012 Route (click and then zoom in map for greater details)
List of riders for Gent-Wevelgem: roster start list Definitieve deelnemerslijst 2012.pdf
List of teams for Gent-Wevelgem:
FDJ-BIG MAT
GARMIN-CERVELO
VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM
OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP
LOTTO BELISOL TEAM
BMC RACING TEAM
GREENEDGE CYCLING TEAM
RABOBANK CYCLING
TEAM SAXO BANK
SKY PROCYCLING
RADIOSHACK-NISSAN
ASTANA PRO TEAM
LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE
KATUSHA TEAM
AG2R LA MONDIALE
LAMPRE - ISD
MOVISTAR TEAM
EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI
ACCENT JOBS - WILLEMS VERANDA'S
LANDBOUWKREDIET
TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN - MERCATOR
PROJECT 1T4I
COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE
TEAM EUROPCAR
FARNESE VINI - SELLE ITALIA
TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN - MERCATOR



Route of 2012 Gent-Wevelgem
2011 winners: 
Gent-Wevelgem 2011 results: 
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 
 2 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek 
3 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Cervélo
Finish of 2011 Gent Wevelgem  Photo by Steephill.TV/reuters

Tour of Flanders - Belgium! (Ronde van Vlaanderen) (Flanders's Finest / Vlaanderens mooiste)
Dates: 1 April 2012 
Race website: De Ronde van Vlaanderen official website 
Organizers: Flanders Classics
2012 Ronde van Vlaanderen route: 2012 Route (zoom in map for greater details)
2012 Tour of Flanders Elite Mens time table: RVV 2012 Elite Men Timetable
2012 Tour of Flanders map of the order of the climbs: RVV 2012 Pressmap 
Citizens race:  Cyclotourists Tour of Flanders
List of riders for Tour of Flanders: roster 2012RVVHerenDeelnemers.pdf
List of teams for Tour of Flanders:
Omega-Pharma Quickstep
Lotto-Belisol
Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
Landbouwkrediet
Veranda’s Willems-Accent
Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
Rabobank
Project It4i
Team Argos-Shimano (new team name April 2012)
FDJ-BigMat
AG2R La Mondiale
Europcar
Lampre
Liquigas
Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli
BMC Racing Team
Garmin-Barracuda
Euskaltel
Movistar
Radioshack-Nissan Trek
Astana
GreenEdge Cycling Team
Katusha
Saxo Bank
Sky Procycling
Team Netapp

2012 Tour of Flanders parcours
Final laps of 2012 Tour of Flanders
Tour of Flanders video of final climbs for 2012:

2011 winners
Tour of Flanders 2011 results:
1 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank Sungard
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep
3 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek
Chavenel, Nuyens, Cancellara at 2011 Tour of Flanders  Photo by Steephill.TV/reuters


Paris-Roubaix - Belgium! (Hell of the North) (Queen of the Classics)
Dates: 8 April 2012 
Race website: Paris-Roubaix official website 
Organizers: A.S.O.
2012 Paris-Roubaix route (parcours): .letour.com Paris-Roubaix parcours
Citizens race: Cyclotourists Paris-Roubaix Challenge
News: Paris-Roubaix: Arenberg Trench Gets Approval
Start List of riders for Paris-Roubaix: 2012 Paris-Roubaix rider roster
List of teams for Paris-Roubaix:
The following eighteen teams have been selected in compliance with International Cycling Union rules :
AG2R – La Mondiale (Fra)
Astana Pro Team (Kaz)
BMC Racing Team (Usa)
Euskaltel – Euskadi (Esp)
FDJ – Big Mat (Fra)
Garmin – Barracuda (USA)
Greenedge Cycling Team (Aus)
Katusha Team (Rus)
Lampre – ISD (Ita)
Liquigas – Cannondale (Ita)
Lotto Belisol Team (Bel)
Movistar Team (Esp)
Omega Pharma – Quickstep (Bel)
Rabobank Cycling Team (Ned)
Radioshack – Nissan (Lux)
Sky Procycling (GBR)
Team Saxo Bank (Den)
Vacansoleil – DCM Pro Cycling Team (Ned)

Seven other teams, invited by the organisers, will make up the field for Paris-Roubaix 2012 :
Cofidis, le crédit en ligne (Fra)
Saur – Sojasun (Fra)
Bretagne - Schuller (Fra)
Team Europcar (Fra)
Team NetApp (Ger)
Project 1T4I (Ned)
Farnese Vini (Gbr)


2011 winners
Paris-Roubaix 2011 results: 
1 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Cervelo 
2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek 
3 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank
Johan Vansummeren 2011 Paris-Roubaix

Where are these races? (click map to enlarge)
Results of the Monuments from the past 8 years:

Year Milan – San Remo Tour of Flanders Paris–Roubaix Liège–Bastogne–Liège Giro di Lombardia
2004  Óscar Freire (ESP)  Steffen Wesemann (GER)  Magnus Bäckstedt (SWE)  Davide Rebellin (ITA)  Damiano Cunego (ITA)
2005  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA)  Tom Boonen (BEL)  Tom Boonen (BEL)  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ)  Paolo Bettini (ITA)
2006  Filippo Pozzato (ITA)  Tom Boonen (BEL)  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)  Paolo Bettini (ITA)
2007  Óscar Freire (ESP)  Alessandro Ballan (ITA)  Stuart O'Grady (AUS)  Danilo Di Luca (ITA)  Damiano Cunego (ITA)
2008  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)  Stijn Devolder (BEL)  Tom Boonen (BEL)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)  Damiano Cunego (ITA)
2009  Mark Cavendish (GBR)  Stijn Devolder (BEL)  Tom Boonen (BEL)  Andy Schleck (LUX)  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
2010  Óscar Freire (ESP)  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ)  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
2011  Matthew Goss (AUS)  Nick Nuyens (BEL)  Johan Vansummeren (BEL)  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)  Oliver Zaugg (SUI)

Related Posts: 2012 Spring Classics Schedule and Nicknames of the Classic Races
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