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Great moments in Classics history - the cobbled Classics

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Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle

Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (Image credit: AFP)
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Gianni Bugno (left) nearly is defeated by Johan Musseuw

Gianni Bugno (left) nearly is defeated by Johan Musseuw (Image credit: Ronde van Vlaanderen)
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Frédéric Guesdon

Frédéric Guesdon (Image credit: ASO)
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Mario Cipollini won Gent-Wevelgem three times

Mario Cipollini won Gent-Wevelgem three times (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tom Boonen in 2002, at 21

Tom Boonen in 2002, at 21 (Image credit: Sirotti)
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A train held up the chasing trio with 10km to go in the 2006 Paris-Roubaix

A train held up the chasing trio with 10km to go in the 2006 Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: AFP)
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Crashes on the Kemmelberg in the 2007 Gent-Wevelgem

Crashes on the Kemmelberg in the 2007 Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tom Boonen in 2002, at 21

Tom Boonen in 2002, at 21 (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Cadel Evans was a force in last year's race

Cadel Evans was a force in last year's race (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Tales from the peloton, April 7, 2009

There is something about the Classics which makes one sentimental. Perhaps it is the years of history in which these races are steeped: the bone-rattling challenge of the cobbles, the fortitude needed to endure the sometimes hypothermic conditions, the man-to-man battles where only the strongest emerge victorious. All of these elements are combined in the Classics to create a gripping drama that captures the hearts of fans from around the world.

Our staff has chosen a few favourite moments which define the Classics - this first installment consists of ten moments in recent cobbled Classics history which have exemplified the spirit of these great races. We hope you enjoy these memories.