'Nobody is unbeatable': Rivals aiming to upset the key favourites in Ardennes Classics

Former champions in the Ardennes say focus on the big five favourites gives them an advantage

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Three recent winners of the Ardennes Classics have warned the Big Five that they are not “unbeatable” and that they too should not be discounted in the upcoming trio of races.

With just a fortnight to go until the start of the hillier Belgian and Dutch Classics, all the attention is once again focused on the successes of Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, Julian Alaphilippe, Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.