Preview: Oh, What the Hell

Sometimes I envy the casual cycling fan, and this is one of those times. If you just check in on the most obviously great races — in America I suppose you could call them the Phil and Paul races — then you get lots of breaks from focusing on cycling and it all seems nice and fresh. For me, Paris-Roubaix is the end of a long haul. It’s the culmination of nine months of winding myself back up for the Cobbled Classics, a process that starts after the Tour when the Worlds appear on the horizon and the one-day riders become relevant again. It’s several months of looking in on results to see if the field of contenders is growing. It’s an excitement that starts building rapidly in February when, as impossible as it seems to my icy winter brain, racing in Flanders is about to actually happen. Photo by ...

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