2017 Spring Classics

The Spring Classics are a series of professional one-day cycling races held throughout Western Europe in March and April and are some of the oldest races in the history of cycling, with some races dating back to the 19th century. While the Spring Classics stand as valued professional races in their own right, they also serve as preparation for the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France races that follow.

The Spring Classic seasons begins in Italy with the Milan-San Remo, usually held on the first Sunday in Spring. The majority of the Spring Classics are raced in Belgium including the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), La Fleche Wallonne, E3 Harelbeke with the Liège–Bastogne–Liège concluding the Spring Classics season. France’s Paris–Roubaix (Hell of the North) and The Netherlands’ Amstel Gold Race make up the other Spring Classic races.

Four of these races – Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Giro di Lombardia – in addition with the Giro di Lombardia, held in October, make up the ‘Five Monuments’. The Five Monuments are the most historic and prestigious of the Spring Classics. Only three riders – Roger De Vlaeminck, Rik Van Looy and Eddy Merckx – have won all five ‘Monument’ races.

2017 Spring Classics:

Date Race Broadcast
Sat, March 18 Milan San Remo (Italy) SBS
Sat, April 1 Tour of Flanders (Belgium) SBS
Sat, April 8 Paris-Roubaix (France) SBS
Sun, April 16 Amstel Gold Race (Netherlands) SBS
Sun, April 23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Belgium) SBS

Spring Classics Articles

Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2016: Spring Classics cycling results, blog

Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2016: Spring Classics cycling results, blog

by , 24 Apr 2016

Race Results: Team Sky have finally claimed a victory in one of cycling’s monuments, taking out the 2016 Liege-Bastogne-Liege in trying conditions through Wouter Poels.

Paris-Roubaix 2016: Spring Classics results, blog

Paris-Roubaix 2016: Spring Classics results, blog

by , 10 Apr 2016 Popular article!

Race results An incredible Paris-Roubaix that just about had it all has seen Matthew Hayman (Orica-GreenEDGE) take a memorable victory, ahead of Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep).

Gent-Wevelgem 2016: Spring Classics race results, blog

Gent-Wevelgem 2016: Spring Classics race results, blog

by , 27 Mar 2016

Race result: Peter Sagan was the winner of the 2016 Gent-Wevelgem, prevailing in a four-man sprint at the end of the race.

The beauty of the Classics, the hypocrisy of dopers, and the futility of The Hour

by , 19 Dec 2014

Philippe Gilbert got the ball rolling by saying on Thursday that he’s targeting Milan–San Remo, getting us on an early start for the annual Spring Classics Obsessional.

Wiggins can win Paris-Roubaix next year

Wiggins can win Paris-Roubaix next year

by , 16 Apr 2014

Yes, I know, I’m British so I would say that. But he can. Here’s why.

Can Peter Sagan gatecrash the Cancellara/Boonen Classics Show?

Can Peter Sagan gatecrash the Cancellara/Boonen Classics Show?

by , 28 Mar 2014

There are a couple of anecdotes about Peter Sagan that tells you just how precocious the 24-year-old from Slovakia was as a teenager.

Spring Classics: Boonen gives a masterclass, Van Avermaet doesn’t

Spring Classics: Boonen gives a masterclass, Van Avermaet doesn’t

by , 7 Mar 2014

The opening weekend of Classics season served up a pair of humdingers – one which confirmed Tom Boonen is the smartest rider of his generation, the other that Greg Van Avermaet may be the doziest.

Preparing for battle in the Spring Classics

Preparing for battle in the Spring Classics

by , 6 Mar 2014

The first weekend of racing in northern Europe opens the traditional part of the road cycling year. We are one month away from some the oldest races in the sport: the Spring Classics.

2013 La Fleche Wallonne: Cycling live blog, updates

by , 17 Apr 2013

The 2013 La Fleche Wallonne could be the rain to break Belgian Philippe Gilbert’s drought, with the World Champion still yet to win a race in the rainbow jersey. We’ll have live updates from 11.00pm AEST.

2013 La Fleche Wallonne: Can Gilbert break the drought?

2013 La Fleche Wallonne: Can Gilbert break the drought?

by , 17 Apr 2013

World Champion Philippe Gilbert is still yet to win a race in the rainbow jersey. On Sunday he launched an attack on the Cauberg during Amstel Gold Race but it lacked the ferocity of his World’s win when he solo’ed to victory on the same roads and ended the race in fifth.


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