Strap yourself in for Eurosport Australia’s unrivalled broadcast of cycling’s Spring Classics. Five weeks of the best LIVE cycling coverage on the planet featuring the Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold Race, La Fleche Wallone and the 100th edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
For riders like Simon Gerrans and his Orica-GreenEdge teammates, it’s cycling’s version of Christmas.
“It would be a huge deal if myself or one of my teammates could win one of these. That’s the big goal of the team to win these Spring Classics,” Gerrans exclusively told Eurosport Australia.
“It’s all about building up to the spring classics and to these few one-day races. So far everything’s gone really perfectly to plan, so it’s right on track to have a good spring campaign.
“They are such long hard races and obviously you need to be in absolutely peak condition to be winning these races. But the day really needs to pan out perfectly as well. So it takes a combination of some top form, the day going well and some really good teamwork on behalf of your team.”
Eurosport begins its LIVE coverage on March 23 with the longest one-day race on the calendar, Milan-San Remo. Attention then turns to the Tour of Flanders LIVE on April 6, which Eurosport expert Sean Kelly describes as “one of the most horrible races to ride but one of the greatest races to win.”
The 112th edition of Paris-Roubaix will include 28 cobbled sections, or in other words 51.1km of hell. Nine of those sections will feature in this year’s Tour de France. LIVE coverage of the ‘Queen of the Classics’ is on April 13.
We then head to the Ardennes for the 49th edition of the Amstel Gold Race LIVE on April 20. La Fleche Wallone follows three days later LIVE on April 23, before the 100th edition of Liege-Bastogne Liege LIVE on April 27.
Headlining the Aussie contingent will be Gerrans, his Orica-GreenEdge teammates Matthew Goss (Milan-San Remo winner 2011) and Mathew Hayman, as well as fellow countrymen Cadel Evans (La Fleche Wallone winner 2010) and Heinrich Haussler.
Gerrans said his main objectives were Amstel Gold and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, but was confident he could also podium at Milan-San Remo after winning there in 2012.
“I always put a big emphasis on the Ardennes and especially the Amstel Gold Race and the Liege-Bastogne-Liege because they have always suited me the most of all the Spring Classics,” he said.
“However, this year with the potentially different Milan-San Remo that’s also going to suit me quite well.
“So I’m going to put a bit more emphasis on Milan-San Remo this year and hit my peak a little bit earlier in the classics and then try and hold it as best I can through the Ardennes.”
Other key races LIVE on Eurosport Australia this March and April include the Tour of Catalunya, E3 Harelbeke, Three Days of the Panne, Tour of the Basque and Tour of Turkey.