The 2016 Classics season is still quite a way off. However the thought of it getting feisty on the cobbles is what’s keeping me on my bike this winter through the wind and the colds.
This coming campaign is going to be something special. Mainly for those on their farewell tours of Northern Europe.
Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen are the best of their generation and have shown themselves as peerless in both Flanders and Roubaix. Not that their bows were singularly strung. Both have grand tour stage wins and jersey’s in their wardrobe along with multiple worlds wins. Cancellara in the time trial and Boonen the road race.
Can either of them win one of the two big monuments of the spring?
Fendrien very much doubts it… sorry.
The Swiss has had two back fractures in the last season alone and limped out of the Vuelta on only stage 3 before missing the worlds in Richmond.
Boonen did get to Amercia but then crashed heavily in the Middle East. Initial reports were that he would be out for 6 months, but he is back on his bike already.
So when the morning comes and I am battling the cold and wind training, its all so I can skip two Sundays of riding in April to watch these two bid farewell to the big two of the classics.