Pro Cycling

Spring Classics Calendar

With the season’s early races coming to a close, including a spree of Middle Eastern delights and a taster session between Froome and Contador at the Ruta del Sol, the Spring classic season is fast approaching.

The first one-day race is the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a category 1:HC race that takes place on 28th February. It starts and finishes in Ghent and typically includes plenty of punchy climbs and cobbled sections that makes the classics so special. The 2014 winner was Sky’s Ian Stannard.

Then begins a series of important one-dayers that riders use to get early season accolades and to try and race themselves into some form before the big stage races. The first of these stage races is Paris-Nice – known as the ‘race to the sun’ – which takes place between 8-15 March.

The first monument of the season – Milan – San Remo – falls on 22/3 where Alexander Kristoff will be looking to defend his 2014 title. Look out for him in some of the smaller races leading up to this for some indication of his form.

The next monument up is the Ronde van Vlaanderen – the Tour of Flanders. Long one of Cancellara’s favourite races and one he has won three times, this race is fast with some punchy climbs that suit a strong rider. Expect fireworks on iconic hills like the Koppenberg and the Paterberg as the cobbles and steep inclines fracture the peloton.

As the dust around Flanders settles the next monument is ready to conquering: Paris-Roubaix on 12/4. Niki Terpstra won by a good number of seconds last year, even having time to relish his laps around the Roubaix velodrome before crossing the line. Expect no such victory this year as plenty of big names have stated their intent for the ‘Hell of the North’ including Bradley Wiggins.


A break of ten days separates the Hell of the North and La Flèche Wallonne, with the latter being the next of the season’s top monuments. Alejandro Valverde won in 2014 becoming the third consecutive Spanish victor to take the title after Rodriguez won in 2012 and Moreno in 2013. This is the first of the Ardenne classics, with the second occurring 4 days later: Liège–Bastogne–Liège.

Liège–Bastogne–Liège is nicknamed ‘La Doyenne’, meaning ‘the oldest’ as it is one of the oldest bike races in the sport’s history. Like many of the Belgian classics it is famed for it’s short, sharp and steep cobbled hills that are notorious for creating drama and breaking bikes and riders alike along the way. Look out for action on iconic climbs such as La Redoute and de Stockeu. 


The race calendar for the spring classics, including stage races and one-dayers, is below.

One Day Races

March

1/3 Kuurne-Brussles-Kuurne (Belgium. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Tom Boonen (Bel)
1/3 La Drome Classic (France. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Romain Bardet (Fra)
4/3 Le Samyn (Belgium. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Maxime Vantomme (Bel)
7/3 Strade Bianche (Italy. UCI Class 1:HC) 2014 winner: Michal Kwiatkovski (Pol)
14/3 Ronde van Drenthe (Netherlands. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Kenny Dehaes (Bel)
15/3 Dwars Door Drenthe (Netherlands. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Simone Ponzi (Ita)
18/3 Nokere Koerse (Belgium. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Kenny Dehaes (Bel)
19/3 GP Nobili Rubinetterie (Italy. UCI Class 1:HC) 2014 winner: Simone Ponzi (Ita)
20/3 Handzame Classic (Belgium. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Luka Mezgec (Slo)
21/3 Ronde Van Zeeland (Netherlands. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Theo Bos (Ned)
21/3 Classic Loire Atlantique (France. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Alexis Gougeard (Ned)
22/3 Milan – San Remo (Italy. UCI Class 1:UWT) 2014 winner: Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
22/3 Cholet Pays de Loire (France. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Tom Van Asbroek (Bel)
25/3 Dwars door Vlaanderen (Belgium. UCI Class 1:HC) 2014 winner: Niki Terpstra (Ned)
26/3 Classica Corsica (France. UCI Class 1:1) New race.
27/3 E3 Harelbeke (Belgium. UCI Class 1:UWT) 2014 winner: Peter Sagan (Slo)
29/3 Gent – Wevelgem (Belgium. UCI Class 1:UWT) 2014 winner: John Degenkolb (Ger)

April

3/4 Route Adélie de Vitré (France. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Bryan Coquard (Fra)
4/4 Volta Limburg Classic (France. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Moreno Hofland (Ned)
4/4 GP Miguel Indurain (Spain. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Alejandro Valverde (Spa)
5/4 Vuelta Ciclista a la Rioja (Spain. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Michael Matthews (Aus)
5/4 Paris – Camembert (France. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Bryan Coquard (Fra)
5/4 Tour of Flanders (Netherlands. UCI Class 1:UWT) 2014 winner: Fabian Cancellara (Sui)
8/4 Scheldeprijs (Belgium. UCI Class 1:HC) 2014 winner: Marcel Kittel (Ger)
12/4 Klasika Primavera (Spain. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Pello Bilbao (Spa)
12/4 Paris-Roubaix (France. UCI Class 1:UWT) 2014 winner: Niki Terpstra (Ned)
15/4 De Brabantse Pijl (Belgium. UCI Class 1:HC) 2014 winner: Philippe Gilbert (Bel)
16/4 GP de Denain (France. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Nacer Bouhanni (Fra)
18/4 Tour du Finistère (France. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Antoine Demoitie (Bel)
19/4 Amstel Gold (Belgium. UCI Class 1:UWT) 2014 winner: Philippe Gilbert (Bel)
19/4 Tro-bro Leon (France. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Adrien Petit (Fra)
22/4 La Flèche Wallonne (Belgian. UCI Class 1:UWT) 2014 winner: Alejandro Valverde (Spa)
26/4 Liège–Bastogne–Liège (Belgium. UCI Class 1:UWT) 2014 winner: Simon Gerrans (Aus)
26/4 Giro dell’Appennino (Italy. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Sonny Colbrelli (Ita)
26/4 La Roue Tourangelle (France. UCI Class 1:1) 2014 winner: Angelo Tulik (Fra)

Stage Races

March

8-15/3 Paris-Nice (France. UCI Class 2:UWT) 2014 winner: Carlos Betancur (Col)
11-17/3 Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy. UCI Class 2:UWT) 2014 winner: Alberto Contador (Spa)
28-29/3 Critérium International (France. UCI Class 2:UWT) 2014 winner: Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra)
31/3-2/4 Three Days of De Panne (Belgium. UCI Class 2:HC) 2014 winner: Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel)

April

6-11/4 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco (Spain. UCI Class 2:UWT) 2014 winner: Alberto Contador (Spa)
7-10/4 Circuit de la Sarthe (France. UCI Class 2:1) 2014 winner: Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu)
17-19/4 Vuelta a Castilla y Leon (France. UCI Class 2:1) 2014 winner: David Belda (Spa)
21-24/4 Giro del Trentino (Italy. UCI Class 2:HC) 2014 winner: Cadel Evans (Aus)
21-26/4 Tour of Croatia (Croatia. UCI Class 2:1) New race.
26/4-3-5 Presidential Tour of Turkey (Turkey. UCI Class 2:HC) 2014 winner: Adam Yates (GBr)

  

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