Up until 2013 the only UCI one day race in the UK was the Rutland-Melton Classic. The race is inspired by Paris-Roubaix and is run around the small farm roads of Leicestershire and Rutland in the East Midlands of the UK. PEZ sent Sam Larner to soak up the chip smells and ale fumes of Britain's only Classic.
Photo Special: The final Classic of the spring is now behind us and the weather didn't quite play the game and gave us a different perspective of a bike race. There were many sights of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and so we have put together our photo special from the Ardennes.
Race Report: A cold and wet Liège-Bastogne-Liège came up with a surprise win that gave the Sky team their first Monument win. Wout Poels has been a top performer so far this season and now he has put the icing on the cake with victory in 'La Doyenne'. Sky are now a Classics team!
Race Report: Movistar were the dominant team of the day, as soon as the flag dropped the men in dark blue were on the front with one aim in mind – to get Alejandro Valverde across the finish line on the Mur de Huy first. The telephone squad rode like a sprint train to deliver 'Balaverde' in place to unleash his finishing jump for his fourth Flèche Wallonne victory.
The 'Old Lady' of the Classics pushes out of Liège on Sunday for the return journey to Bastogne and the many Ardennes climbs between the two Walloon towns. Ed Hood runs through the course and running and gives us his winning tips.
Photog's View: From Northern France Wei Yuet Wong has moved on to Holland to take in the sights of the Amstel Gold Race, from the start in Maastricht to the finish in Valkenburg and he didn't miss a trick. A photog's back-stage pass to the Amstel.
Race Report: There couldn't have been a better result to the Amstel Gold Race for the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team than a win from Enrico Gasparotto and the heartfelt dedication to his teammate Antoine Demoitié. The racing was slow to start, but when it did. . .
The cobbles are only a dusty memory for the riders as the WorldTour circus moves onto the 'hilly' Classics and we see a change in the race menu and the list of main characters. First up is the Amstel Gold Race and Ed Hood runs through the history, the parcours and the protagonists for 2016.
Photog’s View: Photographer Wei Yuet Wong was hard at work on the cobbled roads of Paris-Roubaix last Sunday and has sent in his first Classic 'Photog's View' for the 2016 season. From his early start in Belgium to his dusty finish in the velodrome, via Compiègne he captures all the action from L'enfer du Nord.
Race Report: How many superlatives can you use to describe this race? Stunning? Incredible? Outstanding? Greatest Ever? For Australian Matthew Hayman you only need one - victorious. The 2016 Paris-Roubaix was open to many possible winners, but no one would have tipped the man from down-under to swoop in for the win.
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The Hilly cobbles of Flanders are behind us and now we look forward to the flat, murderous pavé of Northern France and the Queen of the Classics - Paris-Roubaix. Ed Hood gives us the benefit of his depth of Roubaix knowledge and takes us through the history, the course and the stars from the past and present.
Flanders Photo Special: A cracking 100th edition of de Ronde van Vlaanderen deserves a closer look - so we've collected the best shots of the action from the cobbles and the bergs. The star of the day is Peter Sagan and his bold move in the finalé.
Race Report: Sagan is simply the best. The World Champion, Peter Sagan went solo on the Paterberg, the final climb of the Tour of Flanders and the Tinkoff rider was able to hold off Fabian Cancellara, a man driven by history. Curse of the rainbow jersey? What Curse? Super Sagan's Monumental Day in Vlaanderen.
The Tour of Flanders or De Ronde van Vlaanderen is the real road World championships, if you are Flemish. Next to Paris-Roubaix, it is the biggest cobbled race on the calendar and unlike 'The Hell of the North', Flanders has hills. Those bergs might be short, but they are murderous. Ed Hood takes us back to 2008 and looks forward to this Sunday in Flanders.
Photo Special: Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem was a mixture of joy and sadness. There won't be anyone who will deny World champion Peter Sagan his victory in Wevelgem after a long wait in his rainbow jersey. The sadness comes from the death of 25 year-old Antoine Demoitié after crashing out during the race.
Race Report: In the end, World champion Peter Sagan got his win and you can hear the whoop of joy from Oleg. It was close though, young Russian, Kuznetsov looked strong in the sprint and Sep Vanmarcke was playing clever in the build up. And you can never rule-out Fabian Cancellara. An exciting finalé in Wevelgem.
The Classics have moved back up north to Belgium this week for the Dwars Door Vlaanderen, E3 Harelbeke and the big one on Sunday: Gent-Wevelgem. Ed Hood takes a trip back to his visits to the Belgian WorldTour race and looks forward to the 2016 cobbled Classic with history, course and top tips for the win.
Photo Special: The first 'Monument' of the season was surprisingly taken by Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr) in a swooping sprint. Chapeau to Arnaud. There were so many classic shots from Milan-Sanremo from the lenses of Cor Vos and other sources, so we have put together a photo special from the 'Classicissima di Primavera'.
Race Report: Confounding all the predictions it was Arnaud Demare (F des J) giving France her first Primavera win in 21 years timing his sprint perfectly to leave all the pre-race favourites flat footed on a glorious day on the Ligurian Riviera.