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Infographic: Team Sky puts numbers on the cobbles as Classics season gets into full swing

Today's Dwars Door Vlaanderen starts the coutdown to Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix...

With today's Dwars door Vlaanderen kicking off the Cobbled Classics season in earnest, Team Sky has issued an infographic that puts the numbers on a series of races eagerly anticpated by fans each year and where the spoils typically go to the hard men of the peloton.

Sky got its campaign off to a flying start this season with Ian Stannard defending his title at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last month, while the subsequent Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne saw one of its former riders triumph in the shape of Etixx-Quick Step's Mark Cavendish.

With Milan-San Remo done and dusted, attention now swings back to Belgium with a trio of races one day races - the Dwars door Vlaanderen today, Friday's E3 Harelbeke and Gent–Wevelgem on Sunday - ahead of the Tour of Flanders a week later.

That's followed by the midweek Grrote Scheldeprijs before the action crosses the French border for Paris-Roubaix, which brings the Cobbled Classics season to a close - and there are bound to be plenty of thrills and spills in the two and a half weeks ahead of that.

Expect the snippets about the number of participations that Bernie Eisel and Stannard have made in the eight races to be out of date by the end of this week - Sky hasn't announced its team yet, but both seem certain to start the E3 Harelbeke, adding another race to their respective totals.

Here's the infographic.


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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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SideBurn | 887 posts | 8 years ago

You can get odds of 25/1 on Geraint Thomas for Paris Roubaix at the moment! 7th last year a strong ride in the Milan San Remo?
I would probably tip John Degenkolb for the win btw but 25/1 on GT? Worth a few quid?

riotgibbon | 230 posts | 8 years ago

I went over with my lad for Flanders and Scheldeprijs last year - dead easy from Dover, went through Ypres, Paschendale, Ghent and Antwerp - really good fun, I'd recommend it anyone.

You really haven't lived until you've clung to the side of a berg like a mountain goat, watching the Cancellara fans parade up and down, kissing the 20% cobbles that their hero has just floated over ...

throw in the Atomium and Mini-Europe in Brussels, and you've got the holiday of a lifetime right there on your doorstep. All that and chips, waffles and beer too ...

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