Sunday sees the 18th edition of the Vattenfall Cyclassics; the latest in a string of races to please the sprinters and classics specialists. It’s not the most prestigious race, but it nevertheless provides a valuable opportunity to pick up some WorldTour points and to get some hard racing into the legs before the World Championships.
It’s a race that always produces fast, aggressive riding, with the classics specialists looking to spoil the sprint teams’ fun.
It’s that time of year, isn’t it? Still feeling a little wistful for the Tour de France yet not quite ready to face the Vuelta. But there’s no need to fall into cycling despondency because there are some fantastic week-long stage races at this time of year, and none more so than this week’s tenth edition of the Eneco Tour.
The final day in the Pyrenees is a day of last chances. The last chance for those GC hopefuls without a good time trial in them to gain some vital time on their rivals. (I’m looking at you, Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot). The last chance to win some big points in the king of the mountains competition. The last chance for a climber to take a stage win. Continue reading