The Spring Classics Past Winners From 2009

PARIS, April 04, 2014 (AFP) - Winners of the main Spring Classics, due to begin on Sunday with the Tour of Flanders, over the last five years. Cobbled Classics: Tour of Flanders (April 6) 2013 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 2012 - Tom Boonen (BEL) 2011 - Nick Nuyens (BEL) 2010 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 2009 - Stijn Devolder (BEL) Paris-Roubaix (April 13) … [Read more...]

Profile Of The Upcoming Spring Classics Races

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, April 04, 2014 (AFP) - A profile of the five upcoming Spring Classics cycle races: Tour of Flanders One of the five 'Monuments' of the Classics season, the Tour of Flanders was first conceived in 1913 by Karel Van Wijnendaele, the co-founder of the sports newspaper 'Sportwereld'. At that time it was customary for publishers to organise cycling … [Read more...]

Daniel Martin Takes Liege-Bastogne-Liege Classic Honors

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LIEGE, Belgium, April 21, 2013 (AFP) - Ireland's Daniel Martin, riding for Garmin, won Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic race, seeing off Spanish pair Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde after a grueling 261.5 kilometers. Martin, nephew of former Tour de France champion Stephen Roche, attacked just before the final bend to come through and land the 99th edition of the 'doyenne' … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Predicts A Highly Tactical Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The Belgium Spirit Runs Strong

LIEGE, Belgium, April 20, 2013 (AFP) - Belgian world champion Philippe Gilbert is expecting Sunday's 99th Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic, which he won in 2011, to be a tactical affair. "It's going to be more tactical and therefore important to rely on your team, I've got confidence in them" Gilbert said of his BMC outfit, before lamenting the absence of two of his teammates. "Here … [Read more...]

ORICA-GreenEDGE Neil Stephens Previews Liège-Bastogne-Liège

It is the oldest one day race of the year. Liège-Bastogne-Liège marks the end to the spring classics and another opportunity for ORICA-GreenEDGE to secure a podium in the Ardennes. With over 4,700 metres of climbing, the testing parcours measures stamina, strength and team support. In his own words, Sport Director Neil Stephens previews ‘La Doyenne’ (that’s ‘the old lady’ for you … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Reluctantly Tackling Fleche Wallonne, And Liege-Bastogne-Liege

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BRUSSELS, April 15, 2013 (AFP) - Alberto Contador will be one of the main draws at the Fleche Wallonne classic on Wednesday but the former Tour de France winner claims he wanted to skip the event. The 30-year-old Spaniard's participation comes as something of a surprise after he recently said he was tired. His main aim for the year is a third Tour title in July. The … [Read more...]

Andy Schleck Hoping Amstel Gold Heralds Return To Form

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THE HAGUE, April 13, 2013 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck will be hoping to use the Ardennes classics this month to complete his return to the top. Schleck will line up Sunday at the Amstel Gold race, the first of three Spring Classics in the hilly Ardennes region that will be followed by the Fleche Wallonne and then Liege-Bastogne-Liege. And although Schleck may … [Read more...]

UCI Investigating Vinokourov Liege ‘Payoff’ Victory Claim

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PARIS, Nov 5, 2012 (AFP) - World cycling governing body the UCI are to investigate claims made by Swiss and Italian newspapers that retired Olympic cycling champion Alexandre Vinokourov paid off a rival to win his second Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic in 2010. The UCI - under pressure to clean up the image of the sport in the wake of the Lance Armstrong affair - said it had summoned … [Read more...]

Vinokourov ‘Paid Off’ Rival For Liege Win

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MILAN, Nov 4, 2012 (AFP) - An Italian newspaper has published emails which appear to back previous allegations that retired Olympic cycling champion Alexandre Vinokourov paid off a rival to win his second Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic in 2010. Vinokourov, banned for blood doping in 2007-2009, has already faced claims that he paid Russian rival Alexandre Kolobnev 150,000 euros to secure … [Read more...]

Iglinskiy Stuns Liege Big Guns and Wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege

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by Justin Davis LIEGE, Belgium, April 22, 2012 (AFP) - Unheralded Kazakhstani Maxim Iglinskiy stunned a host of favorites to claim the biggest win of his career at a rain-hit Liege-Bastogne-Liege here on Sunday. Italian Vincenzo Nibali, who looked to have secured his maiden victory in cycling's oldest one-day classic until Iglinskiy overtook him on the 11th and last climb of … [Read more...]