SPRING CLASSICS

Spring Classics, Fall Classics, Semi-Classics, One-Day Classics

One-Day Classics Schedule for 2016

When I am asked what or where my favorite bike races are held, I smile with great sentiment and excitement and always respond, "Oh, the Classics, the cobbles!". Without a doubt the classics are the most grueling test of man and his bike against the elements. Sure cycling is a team sport, but the classics are the hardest races to predict ahead of time because most often they come down one day, and the will of one man on that day.

The green grass of the irregular cobbles ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

THE BIGGEST RACES OF THEM ALL

The Monuments:
  • Milano-Sanremo  (Italy)
  • Tour of Flandrers  (Belgium)
  • Paris-Roubaix (France)
  • Liège–Bastogne–Liège (Belgium)
  • Il Lombardia (Italy)
Nicknames for the Classics:
  • Paris-Roubaix = Queen of the Classics (La Reine), The Hell of the North, La Pascale
  • Amstel Gold = [no nickname]
  • La Fleche-Wallonne = The Walloon Arrow
  • Liege-Bastogne-Liege = La Doyenne (the oldest/old lady)
  • Milan-San Remo = La Primavera (the spring), Sprinters' Classic, La Classicissima
  • Ronde van Vlaanderen = Flanders' most beautiful (Vlaanderens mooiste)
  • Paris-Nice = Race to the Sun
  • Tirreno-Adriatico = Race of the two Seas
  • Il Lombardia = Race of the Falling Leaves
You are on pavé. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

THE SPRING CLASSICS

Spring Classics = Milan-San Remo + Cobbled Classics + Ardennes Classics

La Primavera
  • Milano-Sanremo (Italy)
Cobbled Classics:
  • Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium)
  • Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne (Belgium)
  • Dwars door Vlaanderen (Belgium)
  • E3 Harelbeke  (Belgium)
  • Ghent-Wevelgem  (Belgium)
  • Tour of Flanders  (Belgium)
  • Scheldeprijs (Belgium)
  • Paris-Roubaix  (France)
*The most prestigious cobbled classics races are Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders. E3 Harelbeke and Ghent-Wevelgem are also revered, with E3 Harelbeke now being the tougher of the later two.
Ardennes Classics:
  • Amstel Gold  (The Netherlands)
  • La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
  • Liège–Bastogne–Liège (Belgium)
Getting in the mood with some Jupi. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

It's not all about the Spring:

Fall Classics:
  1. Milano Torino (the oldest classic)
  2. Giro del Piemonte
  3. Il Lombardia
Sculpture and Pond at t'Zand square Bruges on Tour of Flanders race day. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
SEEING THE CLASSICS AS A FAN

For an American, the cobbled climbs of the Spring Classics can be hard to understand or appreciate, I certainly didn't understand them until I went and saw them for myself. They aren't that long and don't appear that steep on TV, but trying to get and maintain momentum up these climbs is super hard. The cobbles are big, the ruts wide, the camber uneven, the pace unnervingly slow, the conditions often slick and the outcome somewhat unknown.

The approach onto these short cobbled sections often transition around a corner from pavement onto the harsh cobbles, and then suddenly after an excruciating effort, back on to fast smooth tarmac. The passage is narrow and you never know if there will be a crash or pile up ahead; being at the front is crucial. As a spectator, being anywhere near these climbs on race day is exhilarating.

If you are a first time visitor, you might consider joining a tour company. I planned and made the trip solo and had one of the best cyclist tourist trips I have completed. I loved the blend of culture, food, beer, getting lost, exploring the climbs, war memorials, meeting new friends and happily discovering why Belgium is the heartland of cycling. 

The start (bottom) of the Paterberg looks pleasant enough, but wait, it get's steep fast. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
Arenberg Forest during the Paris-Roubaix  ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

And don't forget about the beer!

The endless choice of delicious beers in Belgium. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
And the food!

Yum, pies and torts in Belgium. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
A must - walking the streets of Bruges with frites en (Andalouse) mayo. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
Blog posts by Pedal Dancer about being a fan at the Classics in Belgium and France:


2016

The classics demonstrate the true beauty of bike racing - they are hard unknown glory at its best. Here is a list of the classics by date.

One-Day Classics Schedule for 2016 (and some others) - Classics race dates and links to official race websites.

February 2016
27 February 2016: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, BELGIUM, UCI European Tour 1.HC
28 February 2016: Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, BELGIUM UCI European Tour 1.HC

March 2016
5 March 2016: Strade Bianche, ITALY, UCI European Tour 1.HC
6-13 March 2016: Paris - Nice, RANCE, UCI WorldTour 2.UWT
9-15 March 2016: Tirreno - Adriatico, ITALY, UCI WorldTour 2.UWT
19 March 2016: Milano - Sanremo, ITALY, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT
23 March 2016: Dwars door Vlaanderen BELGIUM, UCI European Tour 1.HC
25 March 2016: E3 Harelbeke, BELGIUM, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT
27 March 2016: Ghent - Wevelgem in Flanders Fields, BELGIUM, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT

April 2016
3 April 2016: Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, BELGIUM, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT
6 April 2016: Scheldeprijs, BELGIUM UCI European Tour 1.HC
10 April 2016: Paris - Roubaix, FRANCE, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT
17 April 2016: Amstel Gold Race, NETHERLANDS, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT
20 April 2016: La Flèche Wallonne, BELGIUM, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT
24 April 2016: Liège - Bastogne - Liège, BELGIUM, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT


HOW TO WATCH THE SPRING CLASSICS FROM THE USA

Watching the Paris-Roubaix in 2016: Hello to the Hell of the North

My tip is to discover your best option before race day (or slightly before the finish!). Your access to each race will be a bit different and video is often geo-restricted. The options below will list the start and estimated race finish times, a definite help for the early risers in the USA. Begin your search for coverage here:
  • Steephill.TV: the top of the page lists current race news, the side column (desktop) has a neat and tidy box with the Classics links.
  • Cycling Fans: most current race live coverage is listed at the top of the page
  • ProCyclingLive: latest links in the center of page.
  • Cycling TV: Live and on demand subscription required. 
  • NBC Sports Live Extra cycling depending on your TV cable company.  
  • NBC Sports Live Extra Mobile App, download in the App Store or the Google Play store. You’ll need a cable provider log-in to watch. 
  • CyclingHub.TV: for some you might want to try this livestream site.
  • Twitter: search for a link by race name offered by other fans.    
Chasing the cobbled climbs is an easy place to get lost. The famed cobbled sections included in a number of the races are mere stretches of hard rock in the countryside. 
Location of Kwaremont and Paterberg pave sections, near Kerkhove, Belgium. Map by Pedal Dancer®
Such beautiful countryside to pedal through. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
WHO WILL WIN THE CLASSICS?

Similar names appear each year depending on the terrain of the course and whether short punchy climbs are involved, or long powerful distances are to be raced. Members of team Etixx-Quick Step stands like gods in Belgium, but Team Sky is serious in their preparation, so too is team BMC. This year look for these names to be on the podiums:

Greg Van Avermaet, Ian Stannard, Tom Boonen, Fabian Canellara, Peter Sagan, Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel, Michal Kwiatkowski, Luke Rowe, Tony Martin, Alexander Kristoff, Nikki Terpstra. The Ardennes classics are typically won by strong climbers such as Alejandro Valverde, Simon Gerrans, or Philippe Gilbert. 

Leading into the 2016 spring races, John Degenkolb is injured; Andre Greipel is injured. Mark Cavendish's new team, Dimension Data, has not received a wild card invitation to defend his 2015 title at Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne 2016. Geraint Thomas is focusing on stage racing, but look out for the strong presence of Tony Martin, new to the cobbled classics. 



Lion of Flanders. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

SPRING CLASSICS ROUTE MAPS FOR 2016  (plus other significant races in Belgium)


2016 Omloop Het Niewuwsblad route map
27 February 2016: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, BELGIUM, UCI European Tour 1.HC

Start city: Ghent
Finish city: Merelbeke
Distance:  200,8 km
Type of race: cobbled classic

Parcours: interactive road map
Road map: oomloop 2016 elite men roads
Timetable: oomloop 2016 elite men timetable

List of cobbles and bergs/helling: itinéraire

Who won is 2015?:  Ian Stannard (SKY)
Who won is 2016?: 

Omloop Het Niewuwsblad route map
Omloop Het Niewuwsblad 2016 route map
2016 Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne route map
28 February 2016: Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, BELGIUM UCI European Tour 1.HC

Start city: Kuurne
Finish city: Kuurne
Distance: 200,7 km
Type of race: sprinter's classic 

Parcours: interactive road map
Road map and timetable: elite men roads (on page)

List of cobbles and bergs/helling: itinéraire

Who won is 2015?:  Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step)
Who won is 2016?:

Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne route map
Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne route map

2016 Strade Bianca route map
5 March 2016: Strade Bianche, ITALY, UCI European Tour 1.HC

Start city: Siena
Finish city: Siena
Distance: 176 km
Type of race: white gravel 

Route map: Parcours (on page)
Timetable: Altimetria (on page)

Who won is 2015?:  Zdenek Stybar (Etixx - Quick Step)
Who won is 2016?: 

Strade Bianca 2016 route map
Strade Bianca 2016 route map
Paris-Nice 2016 route map
March 6-13, 2106 - Paris - Nice, 2.UWT

Start City: Conflans-Sainte-Honorine
Finish City: Nice 

Route map: Parcours / stages
1st Edition of the Paris-Nice Challenge: information for amateur cyclists!

P Prologue Sunday, March 6th Conflans-Sainte-Honorine - Conflans-Sainte-Honorine 6.1 km
1 On-line Monday, March 7th Condé-sur-Vesgre - Vendôme 195 km
2 On-line Tuesday, March 8th Contres - Commentry 214 km
3 On-line Wednesday, March 9th Cusset - Mont Brouilly 165.5 km
4 Hilly Thursday, March 10th Juliénas - Romans-sur-Isère 193.5 km
5 Mountain Friday, March 11th Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - Salon-de-Provence 198 km
6 Mountain Saturday, March 12th Nice - La Madone d’Utelle 177 km
7 Hilly Sunday, March 13th Nice - Nice 141 km

Who won is 2015?: Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step)
Who won is 2016?:

Paris-Nice route map 2016
Paris-Nice route map 2016
2016 Tirreno Adriatico route map
9-15 March 2016: Tirreno - Adriatico, ITALY, UCI WorldTour 2.UWT

Start city: Tirreno
Finish city: Adriatico

Route map: Percorso / Le Tappe / Planimetria
Timetable: Altimetria (on page)

1 TTT 9 March 2016 Lido di Camaiore: 22,7 km Cronometro a squadre
2 Stage 10 March 2016 Camiore - Pomarance 207 km
3 Stage 11 March 2016 Castelnuovo Val di Cecina - Montalto di Castro: 176 km
4 Stage 12 March 2016 Montalto di Castro - Foligno: 216 km
5 Stage 13 March 2016 Foligno. Monte San Vicino: 178 km
6 Stage 14 March 2016 Castelraimondo - Cepagatti: 210 km
7 ITT 15 March 2016 San Benedetto del Tronto: 10 Km Cronometro individuale

Who won is 2015?: Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
Who won is 2016?:   

Tirreno Adriatico route map 2016
Tirreno Adriatico route map 2016
2016 Milan San Remo route map
19 March 2016: Milano - Sanremo, ITALY, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT

Start city: Milano
Finish city: Sanremo
Distance: ~293 km
Type of race: sprinter's classic 

Route mao: planimetria
Profile map: altrimetria
Timetable: cronotabella

Who won is 2015?:  John Degenkolb (Giant - Alpecin)
Who won is 2016?: 

Milan San Remo route map 2016
Milan San Remo route map 2016
2016 Dwars door Vlaanderen route map
23 March 2016: Dwars door Vlaanderen BELGIUM, UCI European Tour 1.HC

Start city: Meensesteenweg
Finish city: Verbindingsweg Waregem
Distance: 199,7 km
Type of race: cobbled classic

Parcours: interactive course map
Profile: Elite Men Profile
Road map: Elite Men Roads
Timetable: Elite Men Time table
Teams: pro teams

Who won is 2015?:  Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise)
Who won is 2016?:

Dwars door Vlaanderen route map 2016
Dwars door Vlaanderen route map 2016

The final stretch of climb up the Kwaremont on a quiet day.  ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

 2016 E3 Harelbeke route map, (the bergs in E3)
25 March 2016: E3 Harelbeke, BELGIUM, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT

Start city: Harelbeke
Finish city: Aankomst
Distance: 206 km
Type of race: cobbled classic 
@E3Harelbeke

Parcours: interactive course map and Record Bank E3 Harelbeke - World Tour Elite - Roads and Traffic
Road map: Record Bank E3 Harelbeke - World Tour Elite - Detail
Teams: pro teams
Highlighted bergs: climbs

Who won is 2015?:  Geraint Thomas (Sky)
Who won is 2016?: 

E3 Harelbeke route map 2016
E3 Harelbeke route map 2016

This is Tour of Flanders country (Ronde van Vlaanderen). ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
2016 Gent - Wevelgem route map
27 March 2016: Gent - Wevelgem in Flanders Fields, BELGIUM, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT

Start city: Gent
Finish city: Wevelgem
Distance: 242,8 km
Type of race: sprinter's classic 

Parcours: interactive course map
Road map: gw2016-elite-men-roadmap-v2.pdf
Timetable: gw2016-elite-men-timetable (1).pdf
Teams: Pro teams
Trivia: 48 of the past 60 races have been won by a Belgian.

Who won is 2015?: Luca Paolini (Katusha)
Who won is 2016?:  

Gent - Wevelgem route map 2016
Gent - Wevelgem route map 2016
Strolling the streets of Ghent. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

2016 Tour of Flanders route map
3 April 2016: Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, BELGIUM, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT

Start city: Bruges
Finish city: Oudenaarde
Distance: 255 km
Type of race: cobbled classic

Parcours: interactive course map
The bergs
Road Map: rvv2016-elite-men-roadmap.pdf
Timetable: rvv2016-elite-men-timetable.pdf 
Teams: Pro teams

Who won is 2015?:  Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
Who won is 2016?: 

Tour of Flanders route map 2016
Tour of Flanders route map 2016
Tour of Flanders route map 2016
Tour of Flanders route map 2016 zoom
Practice day on the Kwaremont pre Tour of Flanders race day. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

2016 Schedldeprijs route map
6 April 2016: Scheldeprijs, BELGIUM UCI European Tour 1.HC

Start city: Antwerpen
Finish city: Schoten
Distance: 207,8 km
Type of race: sprinter's / cobbled classic

Parcours: interactive course map
Road Map: sp2016-elite-men-roadmapV20feb.pdf
Timetable: sp2016-elite-men-timetable V20feb.pdf
Teams: Pro teams

Who won is 2015?:  Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) 
Who won is 2016?: 

The exact route of the 2016 Schedldeprijs has not yet been released.


Antwerpen

2016 Paris-Roubaix route map
10 April 2016: Paris - Roubaix, FRANCE, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT

Start city: Compiègne
Finish city: Roubaix
Distance: ~ 253 km
Type of race: cobbled classic
How to watch the Paris-Roubaix in 2016: Hello to the Hell of the North

Pro Teams for 2016: participants
Route map: the official 2016 Paris-Roubaix parcours map has not yet been released.

The route of the 2016 Paris-Roubaix, which will be held on Sunday April 10, will include 27 cobble sectors over 52.8kms (32.81 miles) of cobblestones. The “Trouée d'Arenberg”, the Mons-en-Pévèle sector and the “Carrefour de l'Arbre” will be included in the 2016 p parcours. The uphill climb of Hameau du Buat will be featured in 2016. One hundred metres has been added to the length of the race in 2016. The total distance will be a grueling 257.5kms (160 miles).

Who won is 2015?:  John Degenkolb (Giant - Alpecin)
Who won is 2016?: 

The velodrome on Roubaix where the Paris-Roubaix race finishes. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

2016 Amstel-Gold route map
17 April 2016: Amstel Gold Race, NETHERLANDS, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT

Start City: Maastricht
Finish City: Valkenburg
Distance:
Type of race: Ardennes classic

Who won is 2015?:  Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step)
Who won is 2016?: 

The exact parcours of the 2016 Amstel Gold has not yet been released.

Maastricht
Ardennes Classics:
  • Amstel Gold  (The Netherlands) 
  • La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
  • Liège–Bastogne–Liège (Belgium)


more coming soon...... 




Winners of the Classics in 2015

2015 Trofeo-Laigueglia - Winner: Davide Cimolai (Lampre-Merida)
2015 Omloop Het Nieuw - Winner: Ian Stannard (SKY)
2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne - Winner: Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step)
2015 Le Samyn - Winner: Kris Boeckmans (Lotto Soudal)
2015 Strade Bianche - Winner:  Zdenek Stybar (Etixx - Quick Step) 
2015 Milan-San Remo - Winner: John Degenkolb (Giant - Alpecin)
2015 Dwars d Vlaanderen - Winner: Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise)
2015 E3 - Harelbeke - Winner: Geraint Thomas (Sky)
2015 Gent-Wevelgem - Winner: Luca Paolini (Katusha) 
2015 Tour of Flanders - Winner: Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
2015 Scheldeprijs - Winner: Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) 
2015 Paris-Roubaix - Winner: John Degenkolb (Giant - Alpecin)
2015 De Brabantse Pijl - Winner: Ben Hermans (BMC) 
2015 Amstel Gold - Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step)
2015 La Flèche Wallonne - Winner: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
2015 Liège-Bastogne-Liège - Winner: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
2015 San Sebastian - Winner: Adam Yates (Orica GreenEDGE)
2015 GP Cycliste Québec - Winner: Rigoberto Uran Uran (Etixx Quickstep)
2015 GP Cycliste Montreal - Winner: Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)
2015 Il Lombardia - Winner: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

A landmark at the entrance to the Koppenberg climb. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
Who won in 2014

2014 Trofeo-Laigueglia - Winner: José Serpa
2014 Omloop Het Nieuw - Winner: Ian Stannard (SKY)
2014 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne - Winner: Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)
2014 Le Samyn - Winner: Maxime Vanttomme (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
2014 Strade Bianche - Winner: Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)
2014 Milan-San Remo - Winner: Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
2014 E3 - Harelbeke - Winner: Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
2014 Gent-Wevelgem - Winner: John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano)
2014 Tour of Flanders - Winner: Fabian Cancellara (Trek)
2014 Scheldeprijs - Winner: Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano)
2014 Paris-Roubaix - Winner: Nikki Terpstra (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)
2014 De Brabantse Pijl - Winner:  Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
2014 Amstel Gold - Winner:  Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
2014 La Flèche Wallonne - Winner: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
2014 Liege-Bastogne-Liege - Winner: Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) 
2014 San Sebastian - Winner: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
2014 GP Cycliste Québec - Winner: Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)
2014 GP Cycliste Montreal - Winner: Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)
2014 Il Lombardia - Winner: Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) 

Archived Pedal Dancer® 2015 Classics schedule here: 2015 Classics Schedule
Archived Pedal Dancer® 2014 Classics schedule here: 2014 Spring Classics Schedule
Archived Pedal Dancer® 2013 Classics schedule here: 2013 Cycling Classics race calendar




EDUCATION An explanation of the one-day races

La Primavera (the 1 and only)
  • Milan-San Remo (Italy) – La Classicissima, Milano-Sanremo opens the Classics season every year. It is called La Primavera (Italian for the spring), the race was first run in 1907.  It should be called "Il Longets (The Longest because it certainly is long).
Cobbled classics
  • Gent–Wevelgem (Belgium) - the first 'Spring Classic' in the season, began in 1934, the parcours include the famed Kemmelberg climb.
  • E3 Harelbeke (Belgium) - named after the road it is raced upon, was first held in 1958, pronounced “ay-dree press harold bek” (give it another try).
  • Ronde van Vlaanderen (Belgium) – Tour de Flandres, or Tour of Flanders in English, or Vlaanderens mooiste ("Flanders's most beautiful") started in 1913, this race is both hugely popular and prestigious in Belgium.
  • Paris–Roubaix (France) – called La Reine ("Queen of the Classics") or l'Enfer du Nord ("Hell of the North"), or La Pascale. The race is traditionally one week after the Ronde van Vlaanderen, first raced in 1896 on Easter Sunday. P-R is all about the pavé, which is indeed massive and rutted.
Ardennes classics (3)

Only 2 men have won the "Triple" in the same year - Davide Rebellin in 2004 and Philippe Gilbert in 2011 (Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne, Liège–Bastogne–Liège).
  • Amstel Gold Race (The Netherlands) – the newest race of the Classics was first run in 1966.
  • La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium) – first run in 1936, Walloon Arrow is traditionally held in the wooded Ardennes region, mid-week between the Amstel Gold and the "Monument" Liège–Bastogne–Liège.
  • Liège–Bastogne–Liège (Belgium) - the oldest one-day race on the calendar, begun in 1892. Another newspaper race.
Spring Classics 
  • Spring Classics = Cobbled classics + Ardennes classics + Milano-Sanremo. The Spring Classics are traditionally held in March or April in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and France.
The Monuments (5)
The five "Monuments" are a different combination than the eight "Spring Classics", the Monuments add more of the beautiful terrain of Italy. Only three riders, all Belgians, have won all five races in their career - Roger De Vlaeminck, Rik Van Looy and Eddy Merckx; none in the same year. The Monuments are grouped as:
  • Milan-San Remo (Italy)
  • Tour of Flanders (Belgium) (Ronde van Vlaanderen)
  • Paris–Roubaix (France)
  • Liège–Bastogne–Liège (Belgium)
  • Il Lombardia (Italy) – the only race considered a Monument, but not a Classic, the race is held in October. Known as the "Race of the Falling Leaves" and initially called the Milano–Milano (1905). The race was renamed to Giro di Lombardia in 1907, and then Il Lombardia in 2012.



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Videos from Belgium or the Classics

Video: The Classics on SBS (Cycling Central) 2013
Climbing the Muur of Geraardsbergen - Tour of Flanders


Koppenberg Climb, Tour of Flanders Sportive 2006


Oude Kwaremont & Paterberg 


Fabian Cancellara Drops Tom Boonen - 2010 Tour of Flanders 


Paris-Roubaix 2011 Carrefour de l'arbre.


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