AMSTEL GOLD RACE 1.UWT 15.april 2018
The 53rd edition of the Amstel Gold Race will be held on Sunday, the 15th of April. With narrow roads, dozens of hills and constant twisting and turning the race opens a trilogy of three Ardennes Classics. The 2018 edition amounts to 260.6 kilometres, while the route takes in 35 hills. For years the Cauberg was the last climb, but this scenario was first altered last year in favour of a finale with Geulhemmerberg and Bemelerberg. This race was the reason why Peter moved his race calendar one week later. After winning Paris Robaix last Sunday we can expect another great race by Peter.
Tour of Flanders 1.UWT 1.4.2018
The 102nd edition of the Tour of Flanders will be played out on Sunday the 1st of April, 2018. The grueling race is teeming with short, sharp and often cobbled climbs. The riders leave from Antwerp, while the route amounts to 266.5 kilometres and takes in eighteen climbs. The finale is marked by the “killer” cobbled combo Oude Kwaremont/Paterberg before the race concludes with 13 kilometres on the flat. Peter has shown good form last week winning Gent Wevelgem and has opportunity to repeat his success from 2016 by winning 100th edition of this race.
E3 HARELBEKE 1.UWT 23.3.2018
E3 Harelbeke will take place on Friday, the 23rd of March. This year, the race amounts to 206 kilometres and takes in fifteen hills. ‘The little Tour of Flanders’, as the race has been called, features on the racing calendar as of 1958. E3 opens the Flemish week – E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Tour of Flanders build. The four Classics are held within a ten days period. Peter has won this race in 2014 in four men sprint.
Milano – San Remo 2018 1.UWT
Milan-San Remo will be held on Saturday, the 17th of March. The first Monument of the cycling season, called “La Primavera” is the longest (291 km) one day race on the professional calendar. The race is played out on a routes of Northwest Italy with the finish on the Italian Riviera . Decisive climb of the race Poggio is crested with 5.4 kilometres remaining before a flying and technical descent into San Remo and finishing on Via Roma.
TIRRENO ADRIATICO 2.UWT 7 to 13th March 2018
The 53rd edition of the Tirreno Adriatico starts on the Tyrrhenian coast and is set to finish obviously on the Adriatic coast.Also called “Race of the two Seas”. This year’s Queen Stage runs to ski resort Sasso Tetto and the last climb amounts to 14 kilometres. Michele Scarponi is honoured with a finish of Stage 5 in Filottrano after a short and sharp ascent. Peter will use this race as a good preparation and last test before unpredictable Milano-SanRemo. Peter has good chance of winning Stages 2,3,5 and 6 as we had seen in previous years. 2017 two stage victories and points jersey , 2016 points jersey. That is very promising to see some more. GO SAGAAAAAN!
STRADE BIANCHE 1.UWT 3.3.2018
The 12th edition of the Strade Bianche will be held on Saturday, the 3rd of March 2018. The Italian one-day race is gaining prestige with every year and while the name may suggest otherwise, history is still young with an inaugural edition held in 2007. Strade bianche is ‘white roads’ in Italian and refers to the sections of unpaved roads. After a 16% climb in the old town, the race finishes on the Piazza del Campo in Siena. It will be the first race for Peter in season 2018 on the “Old Continent”. Peter has shown his good form in Australia and will have another opportunity to win this beautiful race.