Flanders Friday: A Classics Apology Tour

This is literally the story of the classics. Literally. It’s time to talk frankly about the Classics. What? No, not the bike races. I’m going to let you in on the Podium Cafe’s dirtiest little secret. For years we have insisted on writing story after story about the “classics” and the “monuments”, knowing full well that the majority of people finding these stories through Google searches are in fact looking for information about the literary classics or a list of famous structures. For every Tom Boonen-obsessive coming directly to the Cafe for a serving of cycling red meat, we register at least three clicks from people who thought they were getting a story about the Taj Mahal or Moby Dick. Most of them go away confused about what just happened, and maybe a little bit angry, but by then the click has been registered and another five cents goes into ...

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