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  • Racing
     
    Racing cyclists, two, viewed approaching brow of steep hill, Alejandro Valverde and Julian Alaphilippe, La Flèche Wallonne 2015
    Ardennes Week has played second fiddle to the Northern Classics in recent years, but this season delivered their fair share of drama, even if most came, as has become typical, within sight of the finish line
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    The 101st edition of La Doyenne, seen through the lens of photographer James Startt
  • Riders
     
    Racing cyclist, white jersey, blue and red accents, Zdenek Stybar, Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2015
    When the new order of Classics kings is decided after age wearies Boonen and Cancellara, expect to find the Czech champion's name near the top
  • Riders
     
    Racing cyclist, turquoise and black jersey, crossing finish line, head down, exhausted, Julian Alaphilippe, La Fléche Wallonne 2015
    Pressure on Julian? Not according to the 22-year-old, despite finishing second at La Fléche Wallonne after taking up Etixx-QuickStep's cause in lieu of a flagging Michal Kwiatkowski.
  • Performance
     
    Map, chart, computer graphic, Strava, Michal Kwiatkowski, Amstel Gold Race 2015
    Michal Kwiatkowski went faster on each of the four ascents of the Cauberg before sprinting to victory. His race data tells us as much about his clever positioning as the gathering intensity of a race and his superb condition.  
  • Riders
     
    liege bastogne, cyclists, climbing, la redoute
    "When it comes to Redoute, you have got to speak to Philippe Gilbert," said Simon Gerrans. "That’s his climb." So we did.
  • Racing
     
    Injured bloody thigh and knee, tattooed, open van door, wheel, rutland
    Barbecues, bad roads and big cheese: Ian Wilkinson, the Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic’s only two-time champion, on what makes the rough road race special and what it takes to win
  • Racing
     
    close-up, cyclists racing, rain, black and blue kit, cobbles, froome, bandages, sky, tour de france
    After Wednesday's Flèche Wallonne saw a spate of crashes throughout the peloton, with numerous big names involved, we ask whether riding the Spring Classics for experience, rather than for competition, is worth it.