Classics 2009 review in Cycle Sport

Mur de Huy Fleche Wallonne 2009

2009 saw an interesting Classics season, from Mark Cavendish?s win in Milan-San Remo to Lance Armstrong?s participation in the same race

The new edition of Cycle Sport contains a definitive analysis of the Classics, breaking down the results, and finding the best performers.

The Spring Classics span 37 days, seven races and 1,736 kilometres. You?d have to be mad to ride them all, so fair play to the two hardest riders of the spring, Assan Bazayev (Astana) and Daniele Righi (Lampre), who managed to complete six each.

Righi gets the awestruck respect of the Cycle Sport office, since he actually started all seven, failing just to get to the finish in Flèche Wallonne, which is ironically the shortest race of the seven. Perhaps he got stuck at the bottom of the Mur de Huy.

Cycle Sport?s stats desk, in between quoting random race results, obscure riders and overusing the word, ?actually?, has broken down the Spring Classics to tell the complete story of the results. Respect due to all 395 riders who completed at least one, but especially to Philippe Gilbert, the best all-round performer, Matti Breschel, the best of the cobbled riders and Andy Schleck, the king of the Ardennes.

The seven races we?ve included are Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, Ghent-Wevelgem, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.


Daniele Righi and Assan Bazayev were the only two riders to finish six Classics, but behind them, six more riders managed five.

Interestingly, three of these ? Karsten Kroon, Philippe Gilbert and Serguei Ivanov, achieved at least one podium placing.

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CompletedRidersBest result
6Assan Bazayev (Astana)16th, Milan-San Remo
Row 2 - Cell 0 Daniele Righi (Lampre)79th, Ghent-Wevelgem
5Karsten Kroon (Saxo Bank)Second, Amstel Gold
Row 4 - Cell 0 Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto)Third, Tour of Flanders
Row 5 - Cell 0 Serguei Ivanov (Katusha)First, Amstel Gold
Row 6 - Cell 0 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil)12th, Tour of Flanders
Row 7 - Cell 0 Bert Scheirlinckx (Landbouwkrediet)18th, Paris-Roubaix
Row 8 - Cell 0 Bram Tankink (Rabobank)21st, Ghent-Wevelgem
448 riders


To find the best all-round performance over the whole Spring Classics season, we?ve looked at riders who completed at least four events. There are three cobbled classics (Flanders, Ghent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix) and three Ardennes classics (Amstel, Flèche and Liège). Consequently many riders had good results in three races, but to do well in four indicates very strong all-round abilities.

The most consistent rider across the board was Philippe Gilbert, who scored three top fives, plus 23rd in Milan-San Remo.


The strongest rider in the three cobbled Classics was Matti Breschel, who was sixth in the Tour of Flanders, 15th at Ghent-Wevelgem and 10th at Paris-Roubaix.

Ghent-Wevelgem, which split early, with some surprising names at the front, skewed the results, so that many of the riders who?d finished highly at Flanders and Roubaix didn?t figure.

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1Philippe Gilbert (Silence)233--4(35)434
2Serguei Ivanov (Katusha)(65)23--113542
3Karsten Kroon (Saxo Bank)1414--2(50)3666
4Andreas Klier Cervélo3324512---74
5Davide Rebellin* (Serramenti)38---421384
6Benoît Vaugrenard (FDJ)28---1247895
Row 7 - Cell 0
1Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank)6151031
2Andreas Klier (Cervélo)2451241
3Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas)329950
4Marcus Burghardt (Columbia)776579
5Mathew Hayman (Rabobank)6042185
6Tom Boonen (Quick Step)2071192
7A Kuschynski (Liquigas)3825292
8George Hincapie (Columbia)34164494
9Roger Hammond (Cervélo)137415102
10Jeremy Hunt (Cervélo)751019104

No. of riders to complete all three: 31


No surprises here as Andy Schleck with three top 10s, and a win (two if you count Flèche, where Rebellin, positive at the Olympics, won) is at the top of the pile. Cunego?s consistency brought him second, and well done to Simon Gerrans, one of only three riders in the world to get three top 10s.

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1Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)102113
2Damiano Cunego (Lampre)53715
3Serguei Ivanov (Katusha)113519
4Simon Gerrans (Cervélo)78621
5Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel)1441028
6Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank)621936
7Philippe Gilbert (Silence)435443
8Davide Rebellin+ (Serramenti)421346
9Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d?Epargne)2171947
10Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r)23101548

No. of riders to complete all three: 59

+ Davide Rebellin recently tested positive, following a retroactive test on a sample from the Beijing Olympics

For more expert analysis of the pro racing scene, buy the July edition of Cycle Sport, in all good newsagents now.



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