La Flèche Wallonne preview

La Flèche Wallonne – which literally translates as ‘The Walloon Arrow’ – is the second of three races that make up the Ardennes Classics, and is rather bizarrely sandwiched mid-week between the Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Originally a race started to boost sales of a newspaper in the 1930s, it’s certainly made it on to the WorldTour calendar on racing merit.

What kind of race is it?

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Tweets of the Week: Sardines, beer-mat fashion and giant pink diapers

Funny, cruel, odd, personal … you get it all on Twitter. Each week, we’ll have a rundown of some of our favourite tweets. Here are the tweets for the week ending 15th April 2012.

It’s really just about the podium girls …

The Amstel Gold Race might not have been the most riveting race until inside the 10km mark, but from about 5km from the finish to the podium presentation, it finally lit Twitter up …But let’s start with some sardines from Graham Watson:

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Giro del Trentino preview

The Giro del Trentino is a four-day stage race which runs from Tuesday 17th until Friday 20th March in the Trentino-Alto Adige/Suedtirol region of northern Italy. The short sharp course is full of steep climbs and is seen as a good proving ground for Giro d’Italia aspirants. This year’s race, the 36th edition, is being broadcast for the first time by both Rai Sport and Eurosport. Last year it was upgraded to 2.HC status, attracting a more prestigious field, so the race has made big advances in the past two years.

The first edition of the race in 1962 was won by Enzo Moser [now there’s a famous surname – Ed]. After the second edition in 1963, the next edition wasn’t held until 1979. There were races in 1977 and 1978 but there appears to be some dispute over whether or not they were ‘official’. The 1986 race had no individual winner, just a team competition called the ‘Coppa Italia’ which was won by Carrera-Inoxpran. Continue reading