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Spring is a special time for those cycling fans who like their racing fast, furious and tough as old cleats. Throughout March and April, Belgium dominates the pro calendar, with…
Geraint Thomas became the first Briton to win Belgian cobbled Classic E3 Harelbeke on Friday 27th March, with a stunning solo win. Forcing the race up the fearsome Oude Kwarement climb – just as he did last year – the Team Sky Welshman slipped clear at 42km to go with Zdeněk Štybar and Peter Sagan.
Epic conditions on stage five of Tirreno-Adriatico, tested mind, mettle and performance fabrics on Sunday. The Terminillo climb (1600m) and the blizzard that engulfed it meant that riders had to cope with -1°C on a day that blew the General Classification wide open. Despite freezing conditions, some riders braved it with fingerless gloves – and we salute you. Ian Stannard could be seen sporting Rapha Pro Team Softshell Arm and Knee Warmers which are new for this season, and specifically designed to keep riders warm and dry when the weather turns foul. No better time to put our racewear for testing conditions to the absolute test.