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Gallery: Spring Classics highlights

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Niki Terpstra is exhausted after Paris-Roubaix

Niki Terpstra is exhausted after Paris-Roubaix
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Alejandro Valverde sprinting to his third Liège - Bastogne - Liège career win

Alejandro Valverde sprinting to his third Liège - Bastogne - Liège career win
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The peloton rides up the Mur de Huy

The peloton rides up the Mur de Huy
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A climb that can only end in intense pain, the Mur de Huy

A climb that can only end in intense pain, the Mur de Huy
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Alejandro Valverde was the man to beat in the Ardennes this year, At Fleche Wallonne he won a third career title

Alejandro Valverde was the man to beat in the Ardennes this year, At Fleche Wallonne he won a third career title
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Julian Alaphilippe was a revelation of the Ardennes

Julian Alaphilippe was a revelation of the Ardennes
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The 2015 Fleche Wallonne podium

The 2015 Fleche Wallonne podium
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Philippe Gilbert tries to drop Michael Matthews up the Cauberg

Philippe Gilbert tries to drop Michael Matthews up the Cauberg
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Vincenzo Nibali was aggressive during the Ardennes but came up empty

Vincenzo Nibali was aggressive during the Ardennes but came up empty
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Amstel beer for the Amstel Gold Race podium

Amstel beer for the Amstel Gold Race podium
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The sprint for 2015 Amstel Gold Race glory

The sprint for 2015 Amstel Gold Race glory
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The 2015 Liège - Bastogne - Liège podium

The 2015 Liège - Bastogne - Liège podium
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A young fan pays respect to 'Wiggo' at his last race for Team Sky, Paris-Roubaix

A young fan pays respect to 'Wiggo' at his last race for Team Sky, Paris-Roubaix
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in action at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in action at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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BMC set the pace at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

BMC set the pace at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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Nibali and Bardet fight for position

Nibali and Bardet fight for position
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Astana lead the peloton at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Astana lead the peloton at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
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Wilco Kelderman (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) in Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Wilco Kelderman (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) in Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was in total control at Fleche

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was in total control at Fleche
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) crashed in La Fleche Wallonne

Chris Froome (Team Sky) crashed in La Fleche Wallonne
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Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar)

Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar)
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Philippe Gilbert (BMC) was unable to follow the best at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) was unable to follow the best at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) comes out on top in Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) comes out on top in Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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Fans line the Troisvilles à Inchy as the peloton approaches

Fans line the Troisvilles à Inchy as the peloton approaches
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The forest of Arenburg is one of the most iconic sights in cycling

The forest of Arenburg is one of the most iconic sights in cycling
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Michał Kwiatkowski wins the 2015 Amstel Gold Race

Michał Kwiatkowski wins the 2015 Amstel Gold Race
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The podium at Amstel Gold Race

The podium at Amstel Gold Race
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The spring classics were littered with crashes

The spring classics were littered with crashes
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Alex Howes (Cannondale Garmin) descending

Alex Howes (Cannondale Garmin) descending
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) on the attack in Amstel Gold Race

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) on the attack in Amstel Gold Race
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Michał Kwiatkowski after his win in Amstel Gold Race

Michał Kwiatkowski after his win in Amstel Gold Race
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) comes out on top in Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) comes out on top in Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) defended his La Flèche Wallonne title against Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep) and Michael Albasini (Orica GreenEdge)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) defended his La Flèche Wallonne title against Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep) and Michael Albasini (Orica GreenEdge)
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Michael Albasini (Orica GreenEdge)

Michael Albasini (Orica GreenEdge)
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Chris Froome finishes on the Mur de Huy

Chris Froome finishes on the Mur de Huy
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Peter Kennaugh leads the line for Team Sky at Amstel Gold Race

Peter Kennaugh leads the line for Team Sky at Amstel Gold Race
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Samuel Sanchez (BMC Racing)

Samuel Sanchez (BMC Racing)
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Geraint Thomas had an eventful Gent-Wevelgem, crashing first before making the podium

Geraint Thomas had an eventful Gent-Wevelgem, crashing first before making the podium
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Luca Paolini (Katusha) wins Gent-Wevelgem

Luca Paolini (Katusha) wins Gent-Wevelgem
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Luca Paolini (Katusha) wins Gent-Wevelgem

Luca Paolini (Katusha) wins Gent-Wevelgem
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Jurgen Roelandts during his long break in Gent-Wevelgem

Jurgen Roelandts during his long break in Gent-Wevelgem
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Sep Vanmarcke on the front foot in Gent-Wevelgem

Sep Vanmarcke on the front foot in Gent-Wevelgem
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Geert Steegmans's Trek bike is recovered after a crash

Geert Steegmans's Trek bike is recovered after a crash
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Tyler Farrar (MTN) struggles in the conditions

Tyler Farrar (MTN) struggles in the conditions
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx - Quick-Step) shows off his descending skills

Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx - Quick-Step) shows off his descending skills
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Vincenzo Nibali went on the attack at Amstel Gold Race

Vincenzo Nibali went on the attack at Amstel Gold Race
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The peloton climb the Mur de Huy

The peloton climb the Mur de Huy
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep) lost ground in the final of Fleche Wallonne

Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep) lost ground in the final of Fleche Wallonne
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The favourites line out for the finale of La Fleche Wallonne

The favourites line out for the finale of La Fleche Wallonne
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Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing)

Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing)
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Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) in Fleche Wallonne

Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) in Fleche Wallonne
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx - Quick-Step) wins Amstel Gold Race

Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx - Quick-Step) wins Amstel Gold Race
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Gilbert attacks on the Cauberg

Gilbert attacks on the Cauberg
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Gilbert attacks and brings Matthews with him

Gilbert attacks and brings Matthews with him
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Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) in action at Gent-Wevelgem

Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) in action at Gent-Wevelgem
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The 2015 Classics season just wasn't for Peter Sagan

The 2015 Classics season just wasn't for Peter Sagan
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Alexander Kristoff and John Degenkolb enjoying the champagne showers of the podium

Alexander Kristoff and John Degenkolb enjoying the champagne showers of the podium
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Luca Paolini (Katusha) celebrates his Gent-Wevelgem win

Luca Paolini (Katusha) celebrates his Gent-Wevelgem win
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Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) struggling to work out what happened

Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) struggling to work out what happened
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The Gent-Wevelgem podium for 2015

The Gent-Wevelgem podium for 2015
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) mid-way through his impressive crash at Gent-Wevelgem

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) mid-way through his impressive crash at Gent-Wevelgem
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Gert Steegman climbs up the canal bank while his bike has a swim

Gert Steegman climbs up the canal bank while his bike has a swim
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The wind saw the peloton split in numerous small groups all day long with plenty of DNF's recorded

The wind saw the peloton split in numerous small groups all day long with plenty of DNF's recorded
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Floating bikes were a thing at Gent-Wevelgem

Floating bikes were a thing at Gent-Wevelgem
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The wind wrecked havoc on Gent-Wevelgem making it one of the most tactical races in recent years

The wind wrecked havoc on Gent-Wevelgem making it one of the most tactical races in recent years
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Niki Terpstra and Alexander Kristoff attacked the peloton to ride clear in the finale of the Tour of Flanders with the Norwegian proving himself as the strongest rider in the race

Niki Terpstra and Alexander Kristoff attacked the peloton to ride clear in the finale of the Tour of Flanders with the Norwegian proving himself as the strongest rider in the race
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A cany ride by Luca Paolini (Katusha) resulted in victory

A cany ride by Luca Paolini (Katusha) resulted in victory
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The peloton during the 2015 Milan-San Remo

The peloton during the 2015 Milan-San Remo
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Peter Sagan finds himself off the front and the last place he wants to be in the finale of Milan-San Remo

Peter Sagan finds himself off the front and the last place he wants to be in the finale of Milan-San Remo
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) was aggressive in the Milan-San Remo finale

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) was aggressive in the Milan-San Remo finale
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The 2015 Milan-San Remo podium

The 2015 Milan-San Remo podium
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Philippe Gilbert crosses the line in Milan-San Remo wondering what could have been

Philippe Gilbert crosses the line in Milan-San Remo wondering what could have been
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Monument win number one for John Degenkolb in 2015 was Milan-San Remo

Monument win number one for John Degenkolb in 2015 was Milan-San Remo
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The emotion of John Degenkolb's face after winning Milan-San Remo

The emotion of John Degenkolb's face after winning Milan-San Remo
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Ben King (Cannondale-Garmin) falls hard during Milan-San Remo

Ben King (Cannondale-Garmin) falls hard during Milan-San Remo
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Its the 2015 Milan-San Remo

Its the 2015 Milan-San Remo
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Luca Paolini (Katusha) was very close to leading out Alexander Kristoff to back-to-back Milan-San Remo wins

Luca Paolini (Katusha) was very close to leading out Alexander Kristoff to back-to-back Milan-San Remo wins
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Alexander Kristoff did everything right as he beat Niki Terpstra to the 2015 Tour of Flanders title

Alexander Kristoff did everything right as he beat Niki Terpstra to the 2015 Tour of Flanders title
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Peter Sagan in no man lands as he finishes the Tour of Flanders

Peter Sagan in no man lands as he finishes the Tour of Flanders
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One of the calamtious moments of the Tour of Flanders when a sponsors inflatable arch decided to lose its air mid-race

One of the calamtious moments of the Tour of Flanders when a sponsors inflatable arch decided to lose its air mid-race
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John Degenkolb with Giant-Alpecin teammate Roy Curvers after winning Paris-Roubaix

John Degenkolb with Giant-Alpecin teammate Roy Curvers after winning Paris-Roubaix
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There were a few riders who didn't need worry about the train incident at Paris-Roubaix due to being at the front of the race

There were a few riders who didn't need worry about the train incident at Paris-Roubaix due to being at the front of the race
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Riders squeeze under the quickly closing barriers at Paris-Roubaix

Riders squeeze under the quickly closing barriers at Paris-Roubaix
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Some riders opted to wait for the train to pass before crossing the tracks

Some riders opted to wait for the train to pass before crossing the tracks
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The now famous train incident at Paris-Rouabix

The now famous train incident at Paris-Rouabix
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John Degenkolb won his second monument of 2015 at Paris-Rouabix

John Degenkolb won his second monument of 2015 at Paris-Rouabix
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2015 saw a dry and dusty Paris-Roubaix

2015 saw a dry and dusty Paris-Roubaix
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A reminder that cycling is a team sport as Giant-Alpecin post on the Paris-Roubaix podium

A reminder that cycling is a team sport as Giant-Alpecin post on the Paris-Roubaix podium
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) on the cobbles for one final time

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) on the cobbles for one final time
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The 2015 Paris-Roubaix podium

The 2015 Paris-Roubaix podium
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Alexander Kristoff after winning the Tour of Flanders

Alexander Kristoff after winning the Tour of Flanders
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The Flemish lion was a common sight at the Tour of Flanders

The Flemish lion was a common sight at the Tour of Flanders
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The view from the rear of the peloton

The view from the rear of the peloton
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Wiggomania was a theme of the cobbled classics

Wiggomania was a theme of the cobbled classics
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Lots of Flemish support at the Tour of Flanders

Lots of Flemish support at the Tour of Flanders
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) at the Tour of Flanders

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) at the Tour of Flanders
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
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Bradley Wiggins leading the second group onto the velodrome at Paris-Roubaix

Bradley Wiggins leading the second group onto the velodrome at Paris-Roubaix
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The fans packed the forest of Arenburg

The fans packed the forest of Arenburg
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Bradley Wiggins was aggressive in his final race with Team Sky at Paris-Roubaix

Bradley Wiggins was aggressive in his final race with Team Sky at Paris-Roubaix
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) brought the curtain down on the Spring Classics with victory in Liège-Bastogne-Liège last weekend, with the Spaniard the unquestionable force of the Ardennes.

John Degenkolb's Milan-San Remo win in March signalled the start of a number of memorable performances in the Spring Classics with Geraint Thomas, Luca Paolini, Alexandre Kristoff Jelle Wallays and Michał Kwiatkowski all enjoying victories over the five weeks that followed.

In this gallery Cyclingnews looks back at the action from Milan-San Remo all the way through to Liège-Bastogne-Liège.