Pro Cycling

The Spring Classics - 2016

T-Bob's Photo T-Bob 25 Jan 2016

So the lazy, warm weather openers have come and gone. Jonny D' has all but severed a finger putting his MSR and PR defence in jeopardy. 

Spartacus is in his retirement season and Boonan wants to keep, keeping on. 

Sagan is in the hoops and looking to.... who knows! 
 
What's Kristoff gonna deliver? Is Dimension Data going to try to make Cav' a cobbles winner? Who will Sky turn to now Gee is a GC contender? Will EQS stuff up again when if come to the punch? 
 
It's about that time to delve into the joy of miserable, tough and legendary racing where you'll hardly ever find a show pony of a GC contender bouncing off the cobbles. 

So excited!

T-Bob's Photo T-Bob 25 Jan 2016

Cycling Weekly had this nicely times teaser on their site to scratch the itch... 

 

http://www.cyclingwe...classics-159874

tombeej's Photo tombeej 25 Jan 2016

The BEST time of the year: The Spring Classics!

 

The pinnacle of bike racing for me. Nothing else comes close.

T-Bob's Photo T-Bob 25 Jan 2016

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tombeej's Photo tombeej 25 Jan 2016

And more than that. 

 

For me this is going to be an especially important Classics season because it will be the last time we get to watch the two giants of the sport (Tommeke and Spartacus) side by side.

 

Bitter-sweet times ahead. Lots of excitement and anticipation right now, but a lingering sadness in the background because it's the end of an era.

 

Yes we've got so many exciting youngsters coming up, and lots of riders who are capable of winning these Classics right now - brilliant.

 

But 2016 is going to be only about Spartacus and Tommeke for me. 

 

If either one of them have more bad luck and crash out for some reason before we can see them in full flight one last time in Flanders or PR, I will be inconsolable.


Edited by tombeej, 25 January 2016 - 04:06 .

T-Bob's Photo T-Bob 25 Jan 2016

Quiz time... 

 

Only 3 riders have won MSR and PR in the same season. Jonny D last year, the always awesome Sean Kelly and Cyrille Hauwaert in 1908. 

Question. What manufacture did both of them use / share in their victory year?

jcza's Photo jcza 25 Jan 2016

19 Mar - Milan San Remo 

25 Mar - E3

27 Mar - Ghent Welvelgem

Cav''s Photo Cav' 25 Jan 2016

Take note: The monuments each deserve their own threads, (when the time comes.)

T-Bob's Photo T-Bob 25 Jan 2016

 

If either one of them have more bad luck and crash out for some reason before we can see them in full flight one last time in Flanders or PR, I will be inconsolable.

 

Agreed. Please let Boonan stay upright on flat, open roads in the middles of the desert this time around. 

jcza's Photo jcza 25 Jan 2016

3 April - Tour of Flanders

10 April - Paris Roubaix 

17 April - Amstel Gold 

20 April - Fleche Wallone

24 April - LBL 

'Dale's Photo 'Dale 25 Jan 2016

Aaaah, here we go, yeahhhhhh!!!!! :clap:  :clap:

 

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T-Bob's Photo T-Bob 25 Jan 2016

Shame Paolini won't be there to defend his Gent - Wevelgem title and i'm guessing the Pro's will be praying the wind won't be quite as tough as last year! 

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'Dale's Photo 'Dale 25 Jan 2016

Also, probable final seasons for Tommeke and Spartacus 

 

It's gonna be very interesting

NixM's Photo NixM 25 Jan 2016

3 April - Tour of Flanders

10 April - Paris Roubaix 

17 April - Amstel Gold 

20 April - Fleche Wallone

24 April - LBL 

I see sick days coming up!

Nibali's Photo Nibali 25 Jan 2016

Too stoked for the spring classics! Got some late nights at work coming on, so evening sessions on the trainer while watching should warm me up (to quote 'Dale)

Gen's Photo Gen 25 Jan 2016

Ooh I can not wait I love the spring classics.. love them all