The Spring Classics

The 2014 Spring classics are well under way with Milan-San Remo kicking off the season on March 23rd, followed by the Cobbled Classics in Belgium, E3 Harelbeke on the 23rd, Gent-Wevelgem on the 30th, the Tour of Flanders on April 6th, and the Queen of the Spring Classics, Paris-Roubaix, wrapped up the cobbled classics in France on April 13.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/11/spo...

The month of April will wrap up this classic season with the Ardennes Classics — the Amstel Gold Race (raced April 20), La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège will wrap up the springtime classics on April 27 (check the links for live coverage options).

Up next: the Giro d'Italia begins May 9th and the Tour of California on May 11th. So that is the schedule and you should watch! If you check out the current world rankings, you'll note some strong riders in the top 25. Alberto Contador (is this the comeback year for him?), Nairo Quintana, Peter Sagan, Simon Gerrans, Cadel Evans, Tejay van Garderen, and more. What does it mean? These guys have been competitive in the events they've raced to date in 2014, and that tells you not a whole lot about what comes next. Who is favored to take the Giro and the ToC? I'll save that for another couple posts. I'm just trying to get back into the swing of doing this, and have to watch replays of the Amstel Gold Race, as well as the upcoming classics. I should have something useful to say very soon.

Let me know if there is anything you'd like me to cover (I'll be at the Tour de France again this year — *maybe* the Vuelta Espana), and I'll see what I can do.

A parting shot from the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix of Greg Van Avermaet eating dirt (from steephill.tv):

The Spring Classics

[Top photo of Bjorn Thurau on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix from the great collection at steephill.tv]