This Sunday, April 21st, we’ll finally see if Philip Gilbert has been bluffing all Classics season long! La Doyenne is the oldest Classics race on the calendar and is French-speaking Belgium’s answer to Dutch-speaking Belgium’s Tour of Flanders.
We are now in the Ardennes; a very hilly, forested area where a different sort of rider comes to the front. This race is usually one for the ‘puncheur’ – guys like Gilbert, who don’t win 3-week tours, but can power up a steep 2-km climb like nobody’s business.
My pick this year is Vincenzo Nibali, but I’ll take that back if Phil decides it’s time to win something this year.