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Argyle Insider: A fond farewell to Classics season

26th April 2017

It seems like we spend all year waiting for the races that just passed us. The Classics are a celebration of all we hold dear about this beautiful sport. They're unpredictable, hard as nails and come down to all those small details that go unseen. One of our directors in the cobbled classics kept telling the guys to take "three extra pedal strokes," the theory that those three extra revolutions could make the difference in positioning, in luck, in everything. That's how nuanced this racing is, no matter how blunt force it can look on TV. We had a good run in the classics this season in spite of some heavy blows to our big gun in Sep Vanmarcke. Van Baarle, fourth at Flanders. Sebas, riding into the Roubaix velodrome with a shot at the big cobble. Woods in the mix at the Ardennes, and Formolo — oh, Formolo! — off the front at LBL with less than one to go. It's been an up and down start to the season, for certain. Now, we head toward the grand tours. Stay with us. This 100th Giro should be a good one. —Matthew Beaudin, Cannondale-Drapac communications director

Liège-Bastogne-Liège Images captured by Ashley and Jered Gruber. 

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