Tag Archives: Ardennes

Liege-Bastogne-Liege Wrap-Up

I’m not sure what to say following Liege-Bastogne-Liege. A few things are obvious; some, less so. 1. First and foremost, is that it’s hard not to be sentimental about Phillipe Gilbert’s performance. We did plenty of fawning over Gilbert after la Fleche Wallone; what more can one say? In the past couple of years, Phillipe … Continue reading

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Fleche-Wallonne Wrap-Up

“I watched the finale with a Walloon friend. He shed tears.” You’ll have to forgive us if our wrap-up of the 2011 Fleche-Wallone borders on the sentimental, but wow: was Phillipe Gilbert storming up the Muur de Huy ever an obscene and beautiful display of power? When Julius listed Gilbert as a 3-hill Favorite in … Continue reading

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2011 Fleche Wallonne – Preview

Sunday’s thrilling Amstel Gold Race showed that unlike the cobbled gladiators, the hill warriors came to win, with strong teams that didn’t shy from controlling the race and chasing breaks. Despite being heavily marked, Philippe Gilbert and his OmegaPharma-Lotto team stepped up to the challenge and rode the perfect race to deliver Gilbert’s back-to-back win. … Continue reading

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Monday Musette: Amstel Gold Wrap-Up

Welcome to today’s Monday Musette, where we wrap-up this weekend’s highlight race, the Amstel Gold, and use riders’ and teams’ performances in the race to speculate wildly about the rest of the Ardennes classics as the race season shifts from the pavé to the hills. 1. Phillipe Gilbert! What an incredible rider he is: in … Continue reading

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Philippe Gilbert – Cancellara Part Deux?

  While watching the video of Philippe Gilbert methodically dispatching of Bjorn Leukemans to win Wednesday’s Brabantse Pijl, a thought occurred to me: is Gilbert about to become the Ardennes equivalent of Fabian Cancellara? In other words, has the Belgian displayed such superior form that it will be impossible for him to avoid the stalemate-inducing, … Continue reading

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Questions for the Classics – Danilo Di Luca?

As we get set to begin the Spring Classics with Saturday’s running of the 102nd Milan-San Remo, it’s the perfect time examine some of the important questions facing the major riders and teams during this year’s spring campaign. As each question is posted, feel free to share your opinions, insights, and predictions as comments—your commentary … Continue reading

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