Hilly Classics 2022 ***Spoilers***

Time to start this thread.
In an unfamiliar slot, but back to more familiar terrain after last year's unusual loop, tomorrow it's time for the Amstel Gold Race.
It amounts to 254.1 kilometres and takes in 33 hills, while large sections of the route are on extremely narrow roads. Bemelerberg is the last climb with 7 kilometres remaining.





Previous winners

2021
VAN AERT Wout
2019
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
2018
VALGREN Michael
2017
GILBERT Philippe
2016
GASPAROTTO Enrico
2015
KWIATKOWSKI Michał
2014
GILBERT Philippe
2013
KREUZIGER Roman
2012
GASPAROTTO Enrico
2011
GILBERT Philippe

Top competitors

MOHORIČ Matej
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
KÜNG Stefan
LAPORTE Christophe
MATTHEWS Michael
COSNEFROY Benoît
TRENTIN Matteo
HAIG Jack
HIRSCHI Marc
BARGUIL Warren






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Comments

  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,406
    Perhaps we can start by discussing why the hilly classics do not attract the anticipation and excitement of the cobbles..?
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  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,479
    edited April 2022
    ddraver said:

    Perhaps we can start by discussing why the hilly classics do not attract the anticipation and excitement of the cobbles..?

    They're boring and haven't been hyped as cool by those seen as cool by newbies watching in their Rapha spectator Jersey and shorts bundle.
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • ddraver said:

    Perhaps we can start by discussing why the hilly classics do not attract the anticipation and excitement of the cobbles..?

    There's only 3 (4 with Brabantse Pijl) and normally they're so close together they're done almost as soon as they've started.
    Doesn't help that Fleche is the most formulaic race on the calendar - its a hill climb with extra steps.
  • phreak
    phreak Posts: 2,919

    ddraver said:

    Perhaps we can start by discussing why the hilly classics do not attract the anticipation and excitement of the cobbles..?

    There's only 3 (4 with Brabantse Pijl) and normally they're so close together they're done almost as soon as they've started.
    Doesn't help that Fleche is the most formulaic race on the calendar - its a hill climb with extra steps.
    Lombardia and the other races around it count, no?
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,069
    phreak said:

    ddraver said:

    Perhaps we can start by discussing why the hilly classics do not attract the anticipation and excitement of the cobbles..?

    There's only 3 (4 with Brabantse Pijl) and normally they're so close together they're done almost as soon as they've started.
    Doesn't help that Fleche is the most formulaic race on the calendar - its a hill climb with extra steps.
    Lombardia and the other races around it count, no?
    Most people have lost interest in the season by then (which is a shame as I like Lombardia).

    I actually think they could become more interesting again if the GT riders decide to start competing. I reckon even Fleche could be livened up by the likes of Pog taking part and not leaving it to the final climb.
  • phreak said:

    ddraver said:

    Perhaps we can start by discussing why the hilly classics do not attract the anticipation and excitement of the cobbles..?

    There's only 3 (4 with Brabantse Pijl) and normally they're so close together they're done almost as soon as they've started.
    Doesn't help that Fleche is the most formulaic race on the calendar - its a hill climb with extra steps.
    Lombardia and the other races around it count, no?
    Hmm I suppose, I almost think of that as a separate thing, which is another point - even though Strade & MSR are not cobbles its similar riders involved, so this part of the season feels very distinct. It builds from Omloop to the crescendo of RVV and PR.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,426
    Caught the last 20 k of the women's . Good finale ..nice to see new names
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    Still waiting on anything resembling live coverage of the men’s race.
    The Dutch being cheap again.
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    Finally live coverage arrives with miserly 75kms left.
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,069
    Looks like Ineos are back their usual Classics strategy of numbers at the front driving it on and causing carnage to, presumably, disappear when it gets to the deciding moments.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,155
    Quite a small group for 38km to go.

    On the NOS coverage today and they’ve got Stef Clement on the call and he’s actually not too bad.

    Big step up from the snore fest that is the usual coverage (Boogarde for a while)
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,069
    Ben Turner is a real engine. Would like to see him given a chance at P-R, should really suit him.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,069
    vdP getting dropped
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,155
    MvdP not enjoying the Keutenberg today. Benoot accelerates
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,069
    Just about clinging on as they ease a bit in front.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,069
    Very strong lead group of 11 now.
  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,639
    Ridiculous number of motorbikes on the road.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    Pidcock and Kwiato
    Kung, Hirschi, Cosnefroy, Teuns, Kamp, Matthews, Benoot, Asgreen and MvDP
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  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,479
    Pross said:

    Looks like Ineos are back their usual Classics strategy of numbers at the front driving it on and causing carnage to, presumably, disappear when it gets to the deciding moments.

    At least with Pidcock they have potentially a top classics rider to ride for.
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,069
    edited April 2022
    Benoot looks a weak point in the break, I wouldn't want to be behind him hitting the Cauberg.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,155

    Pidcock and Kwiato
    Kung, Hirschi, Cosnefroy, Teuns, Kamp, Matthews, Benoot, Asgreen and MvDP

    Fast group
  • mooro
    mooro Posts: 482
    always preferred this when the cauberg was in the last lap!
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,069
    WTF are the lead group doing?
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,069
    Teuns messed up there, he should have go through and done his turn straight away and him and Pidcock would have opened a gap but he hesitated.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,069
    Kwiato goes for it from 22k
  • mooro
    mooro Posts: 482
    gnash. bloody adverts.

    this could stick - the lead group looking at each other a bit.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    Ffs.
    Kirby winding up the hysteria with an entire lap to go.
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,069
    Pidcock's positioning a little bit suspect. I assume he's marking out vdP whereas second wheel feels like where he should be at all times. Allows Cosnefroy to close to Kwiato
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,069
    Now his triggers an attack allowing Teuns to bridge.
  • mooro
    mooro Posts: 482
    bit of a gap here.