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I may have slightly cocked up a bit mentioning in my team preview blogs that Stage 1 would be a team time trial. Hopefully, that is the first and last mistake I make covering the race…

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If, as numerous commentators say, the real Tour starts tonight, then I shudder to think at what’s about to happen.

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The 102nd Tour de France starts with a 14km individual time trial (no it isn’t prologue) around the streets of the Dutch city of Utrecht.

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The European Spring classics season of cycling is in full swing and it’s time for the last of the ‘cobble classics’ – the 113th edition of the race known as L’Enfer du Nord (The Hell of the North), Paris-Roubaix.

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One of cycling’s great rivalries probably ended last Friday when Fabian Cancellara’s crash ruined his classics campaign. It followed Tom Boonen’s own classics-killer crash at Paris-Nice two weeks ago.

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This is my first trip to the Tour de France, and I knew it would be big. So far, I haven’t seen anything to change that perception.

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After four days of sensational racing, the Tour arrives in the Flemish city of Ypres to commemorate the First World War centenary where three Tour champions died in the conflict, never returning from the battlefield.

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First Roman Kreuziger, then Daryl Impey. Who next? Which of the best men from their generation will join these two fallen warriors, needle in arm/sicknote from Mum in hand/shocked expression on their chops (delete as approptiate) on the naughty step?

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The 2014 Paris-Roubaix is almost upon us, and what a race it promises to be. Join us right here on The Roar from 10pm AEST for all the updates from this much-anticipated race.

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“How can somebody be in love with Hell? It’s a contradiction. Makes no sense. Most would call it madness…”

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They hung from the trees, they craned and strained their necks and risked getting smashed to smithereens by the team cars and motos that flew past over rutted track and jutting cobbles.

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There was an intriguing moment five kilometres from the end of the 98th Tour of Flanders, when Fabian Cancellara ostentatiously held an energy gel between his teeth in front of his three fellow escapees before sucking down its sickly sweet contents.

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You can talk about Milan-San Remo being a Monument classic but I think you’ll all nod sagely in agreement with me when I say that the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix are truly the Big Ones of the Spring.

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Last week, Roar expert Lee Rogers mounted a convincing argument about why the Slovak Slayer Peter Sagan won’t win Sunday’s Tour of Flanders.

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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.

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The dream match-up between an in-form Fabian Cancellara and an in-form Tom Boonen, which fans have waited for since 2011, looks well and truly on the agenda over the next few weeks of cobbled Classics.

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Tom Boonen or Fabian Cancellara? These two names will be the ones thought of by cycling fans when asked who they think will win Flanders and Roubaix in 2014.

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“What there is is a bike, black line, a track, and a clock.” – Graeme Obree

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And we’re racing here in Corsica as stage one of the 2013 Tour de France rolls off from beautiful Porto-Vecchio.

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To all Tom Boonen fans, we have a special message brought to you by those in charge over at Omega Pharma–QuickStep; there will be no need to take your whitewash to l’Alpe d’Huez this year.

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