The Côte de la Redoute is to Liège as the Muur is to Flanders - Patrick Verhoest

2013 Ardennes Classics

From the final weekend of February, we turn our attention towards Belgium and northern France, yearning for the no holds barred racing across the cobbled tracks that pass for roads. There is wind and rain and sometimes even snow, the elements of nature contributing to instill visions of gladiators on two wheels in our minds. These one day races captivate us, the importance of luck forefront in our minds as we see riders crash, flat, get caught at the wrong end of an echelon, the unabashed no-holds barred racing we do not see in stage races captivating our fancy. As riders scrub dirt from their bodies in the Roubaix showers and the cobbles fade into the distance, we turn our attention towards the stage races of May, June, and July... but not without a jaunt through the Ardennes classics, those races that fly up and over the many bergs and longer côtes in southern Belgium and the hilly region of the Netherlands. While not as punishing as the cobbled classics, these are no less vicious, especially Liège - Bastogne - Liège which has monument status alongside Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde van Vlaanderen. My friends, the hilly classics are here.

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Interviews! Elisa Longo Borghini & Ash Moolman

Last week I went to the Flèche Wallonne with Hitec Products UCK, and I was lucky enough to be able to interview Hitec's Elisa Longo Borghini, who came second, and Lotto Belisol's Ashleigh Moolman who came third, just after the race, when they'd sprinted neck-and-neck behind winner Marianne Vos.

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Flèche Wallonne from the Hitec team car

Yesterday I told you about being backstage at the Flèche Wallonne Femmes World Cup with Hitec Products UCK, and what it was like in the lead-up to the race. But that wasn't all I did - I also got to see the race from in the team car! Let me tell you all about it....

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Adventures with Hitec at Flèche Wallonne - part 1

I was lucky enough to get to go to the Flèche Wallonne Femmes World Cup with "the biggest little team in pro cycling", Hitec Products UCK. I'll be posting photos, writing and interviews over the next few days - starting with life "backstage" before the race - a gallery of photos and some words!

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Amstel Gold Results: Kreuziger Stays Away

Early aggression by Blanco, Saxo-Tinkoff, and ORICA-GreenEDGE put a breakaway group up the road in the final 35 kilometers, breaking up the racing in Amstel Gold earlier than in the past several years. Roman Kreuziger jumped out of the breakaway in the final kilometers and held enough of an advantage climbing the

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