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Fabio Felline with a textbook finishline celebration!

Winning the Giro dell’Appennino last Sunday. There are so many races at this time of the year its hard to keep up!

Today sees the start of the 36th edition of the Giro del Trentino stage race, traditionally a valuable test before the Giro d’Italia. The likes of Scarponi and Basso will definitely be looking to stretch their legs. This is the program:
April 17, Stage 1, team time trial, Riva del Garda – Arco
April 18, Stage 2, Mori – Sant’Orsola Terme/Val dei Mòcheni
April 19, Stage 3, Pergine/Coop Piccoli Frutti – Brenzone/Punta Veleno
April 20, Stage 4, Castelletto di Brenzone – Passo Pordoi/Val di Fassa

Then we have La Fleche Wallonne on Wednesday, the Ardennes treble continues…

194km with three grinds up the Mur de Huy, it’s a pretty substantial filling in a very tasty Ardennes sandwich!

And finally to finish the week off nicely, Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Often referred to as La Doyenne (“the oldest”). Sunday sees riders battle it out on the 98th edition of the race. It’s another long one, just shy of 260km.

I think Bernard Hinault would be the best person to discuss the potential hardships that this race can inflict. In 1980 snow fell from from the start, leading commentators to call it ‘Neige-Bastogne-Neige’ (Snow-Bastogne-Snow). Hinault attacked with 80 km to go and finished nearly 10 minutes ahead. One of the few riders to finish the course. It took three weeks for proper movement to return to two fingers of his right hand. Head to Rapha.cc for a nice story and special edition kit to celebrate this great race.

As I’ve already mentioned, there are so many races at this time of year it is next to impossible to keep track of them all! I’ve only scratched the surface with this post, hopefully I’ll get to watch a little of all of them?!!