With the Ronde van Vlaanderen looming only a couple days distant, it's worth taking a quick look back at the succession of big races that have just passed us by. Who better to talk to than the great Barry Hoban. Hoban recently spoke with Ed Hood on Sanremo, Gent-Wevelgem, the Ronde, and Mark Cavendish.
‘La Doyenne’, a French term of respect meaning, ‘oldest member’ – it’s how we refer to Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the oldest of the five ‘monuments’ in cycling. First run in 1894 the roll of honour reads like a ‘who’s who’ of cycling – Ferdi Kubler, Rik van Looy, Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault, Moreno Argentin, Michele Bartoli and of course Eddy Merckx.