Racing

  1. Monumental Panache: Liège–Bastogne–Liège

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    The ‘Old Lady’ of the Classics, Liège–Bastogne–Liège has a parcours ripe for daring exploits with its endless hills and curves. A there-and-back race that has been running since 1892, the often-terrible spring weather in the Ardennes also encourages exciting racing. We look forward to La Doyenne with a look back at some of its greatest victories.

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  2. Worth its weight in Gold

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    As the dust settles on the cobbled sectors of north-western Europe, and the bruised and rattled bones are beginning to ease, the professional peloton will turn its head to the upcoming Ardennes Classics – beginning with the 50th edition of the Amstel Gold Race on 19th April 2015.

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  3. Monumental Cobbles: Paris-Roubaix, in the words of others

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    Inspired by Wiggins’s own talent for one-liners, we have put together a compendium of our favourite quotes on Paris-Roubaix, by the people who raced it, organised it, wrote about it, loved it and, of course, hated it.

    You can enter the competition to win Rapha prizes and a signed Sir Bradley Wiggins World Champion Wool Jersey here »

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  4. Spring, The Hell of it All

    Testi: Rigo Zimmerman | Foto: Joe Hall | Data:

    The start line is a good place to begin. In races later in the year it can be an easy place, where a mixture of chatter, excitement and nerves builds gently to a casual roll through the neutral, but in spring the start line is different. Tense and crowded, riders push and jostle, no-one talks to anyone they don’t trust, no one can shake that strange unspeakable strain that feels like a giant block of ice sat square on their shoulders.

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  5. Monumental finishes: Milan–Sanremo

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    To launch our Monumental Competition, we take a look back at some classic Milan–Sanremo finishes. You can enter the competition to win Rapha prizes and a signed Sir Bradley Wiggins World Champion Wool Jersey here »

    For a so-called sprinters’ classic, Milan – Sanremo’s finishes are a spectacle of tension and turbulence, not just repeat screenings of a cycling stampede. Granted, the races first five or so hours rarely deserve rapt attention, but once the race reaches the Mediterranean and turns west, it becomes fraught, tactical, and volatile.

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  6. July in March: The yellow-jersey contenders emerge for Tirreno-Adriatico

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    Nibali, Quintana, Contador, Sagan, Cancellara, Cavendish. The start-list of Tirreno-Adriatico reads as if it were that of the Tour.

    La Grande Boucle is the big show, the lighthouse of the season, but outside the Tour de France, the fortunes of races rise and fall from year to year. There was a time when the Vuelta a España was withering on the vine, the Giro, too. Now, il Giro is the tempestuous and beautiful darling of the press and fans (riders love and hate it at the same time); the Vuelta is a blistering preparation for the World Championships, as it has been for some time, but the shark-toothed profiles keep everyone interested in the red shirt at stake.

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  7. Double Stannards

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    Standing in the middle of a media scrum after Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a noticeably aggrieved Patrick Lefevere, manager of Etixx-Quick Step, complained that the day’s winner, Ian Stannard (Sky), had sat in the race’s “box seat” for over 30km – the implication being that Stannard only enjoyed the show, and hadn’t played a starring role. Lefevere’s lament doesn’t do justice to the Essex boy’s shrewd racing and raw power – nor does it acknowledge that even if Stannard had the box seat, it was Lefevere’s riders who booked his tickets, showed him to that seat, and all but paid his bar tab, too.

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  8. Classics Competition

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    To mark the opening weekend of cobbled drama on the Continent, Rapha are offering the chance to win a signed Team Sky Replica Jersey. To win, simply predict the winning time at Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. We will be rooting for Team Sky, who will be fielding some strong contenders, including last year’s victor, Ian Stannard, who covered the 198km in 4hrs 49mins 54secs. Also in the mix on this year’s 200.2km course are Sir Bradley Wiggins and strongman Bernie Eisel. Five randomly chosen runners-up will also receive a Rapha Cap in the colour of their choice.

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