Paris-Roubaix 2017: GVA takes his first Monument, farewell to a legend

Paris-Roubaix 2017 was supposed to be the fairytale ending of a legendary career. All the stars were supposed to align in order for cycling fans the world over to see, one last time, the magic of Tom Boonen crossing the finish line in the Velodrome, dirty but victorious. Ah, but Roubaix doesn’t work that way. Instead, the dirty but victorious rider was this season’s colossus Greg Van Avermaet, who outsprinted Zdenek Stybar and Sebastian Langeveld to lift the cobble trophy. Roubaix giveth and Roubaix taketh away …
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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne previews

While the peloton’s far-flung excursions to such locales as Australia (the Tour Down Under), Qatar, Oman and Malaysia (the Tour de Langkawi) offer a taste of the exotic, there is nothing quite like the sight of professional cyclists toiling over rolling hills and mud-splattered cobbles in northern Europe to make the seasoned viewer feel that the cycling season has really begun. And if the Tour Down Under marked the official start of the season for the WorldTour, this weekend’s double-header of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne heralds the start of many fans’ favourite part of the year: the spring Classics.

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