Today, the world’s top cyclists will battle it out to win the first of this year’s spring classics, the Milan – San Remo. At 298 kms, the race takes an average of 6 hours to complete. Normally, this is a day for the sprinters. Later on there will be the Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, 24 March, theTour of Flanders on Sunday, 31 March, Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, 7 April, the Amstel Gold on Sunday, 14 April, La Fleche Wallone on Wednesday, 17 April and finally, the oldest and toughest of the classics, Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday 21 April.
Many cyclists use these races as preparation for the three big tours so they are a good barometer to measure their form.