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2016 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Preview – Will Youth Prevail?

It’s late February, which means I have Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” stuck in my head. Yes, dames and heren, it’s time for Het Volk the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the unofficially official start to the season and the first important one-day race on the calendar. Starting and finishing Ghent, “the … Continue reading

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Classics Hardmen in the Tour – A Performance Report

Pavé would like to thank Handspun, Clément, and Laekhouse for supporting our coverage of the 2011 Tour de France It’s no secret that we here at Pavé have a special place in our hearts for classics hardmen. How did those whose careers are defined on the pavé, hellingen, and April rain fare in this year’s … Continue reading

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Ardennes Preview: Captains and Teams

Even with the dust barely settled, and mud barely washed off the brake calipers, the Ardennes week is upon us. Few are the contenders who could charismatically challenge both the cobbled and hilly classics in this 2-month block of spring classics. The hilly warriors had their traditional form-check at MSR, although the poor weather and resulting crashes … Continue reading

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Is Boonen Past His Prime?

The 2011 Spring Classics season is well underway and all news from the Tom Boonen camp is, “No, seriously, things are under control.” It’s starting to sound like desperate attempts to reassure his faithful fans and the rest of Flanders that despite only managing to win a sprint-dominant but otherwise unimpressive Ghent-Wevelgem, Boonen is still … Continue reading

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