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The Classics: From behind the lens

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Colour on the Cauberg at Amstel Gold Race

Colour on the Cauberg at Amstel Gold Race
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Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) rides in the peloton at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) rides in the peloton at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) during his 10km solo effort to the finish of Flanders

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) during his 10km solo effort to the finish of Flanders
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) make their way through a corridor of noise at the Tour of Flanders

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) make their way through a corridor of noise at the Tour of Flanders
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Bjarne Riis clutches Fabian Cancellara as the Swiss bursts into tears after winning Paris-Roubaix

Bjarne Riis clutches Fabian Cancellara as the Swiss bursts into tears after winning Paris-Roubaix
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Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) leads the charge through the Arenberg forest at Paris-Roubaix

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) leads the charge through the Arenberg forest at Paris-Roubaix
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Cancellara solo once again at Paris-Roubaix

Cancellara solo once again at Paris-Roubaix
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Robbie McEwen (Katusha) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) celebrate at Scheldeprijs

Robbie McEwen (Katusha) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) celebrate at Scheldeprijs
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Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) holds his cobble aloft on the Paris-Roubaix podium

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) holds his cobble aloft on the Paris-Roubaix podium
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Roger Hammond leads his Cervelo teammate Thor Hushovd through a corner at Paris-Roubaix

Roger Hammond leads his Cervelo teammate Thor Hushovd through a corner at Paris-Roubaix
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Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) wins Paris-Roubaix

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) wins Paris-Roubaix
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Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) goes for gold on the Muur at Flanders

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) goes for gold on the Muur at Flanders
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Spent: Garmin-Transitions teammates David Millar and Tyler Farrar at the finish of Flanders

Spent: Garmin-Transitions teammates David Millar and Tyler Farrar at the finish of Flanders
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The lead group at the Tour of Flanders

The lead group at the Tour of Flanders
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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) wins Scheldeprijs

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) wins Scheldeprijs
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Cancellara solos across the finish line at Paris-Roubaix

Cancellara solos across the finish line at Paris-Roubaix
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Cancellara in control in the Arenberg forest

Cancellara in control in the Arenberg forest
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Danilo Hondo (Lampre-Farnese Vini) comes unstuck at Paris-Roubaix

Danilo Hondo (Lampre-Farnese Vini) comes unstuck at Paris-Roubaix
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Nothing left to do but walk at Flanders

Nothing left to do but walk at Flanders
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The Tour of Flanders podium: Tom Boonen (Quick Step), Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) and Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto)

The Tour of Flanders podium: Tom Boonen (Quick Step), Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) and Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
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Saxo Bank celebrate Fabian Cancellara's success at Flanders

Saxo Bank celebrate Fabian Cancellara's success at Flanders
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Sebastien Rosseler (RadioShack) wins Brabantse Pijl

Sebastien Rosseler (RadioShack) wins Brabantse Pijl
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World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC) becomes Fleche Wallonne champion

World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC) becomes Fleche Wallonne champion
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Cadel Evans (BMC) was first to emerge at the summit of the Mur de Huy

Cadel Evans (BMC) was first to emerge at the summit of the Mur de Huy
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Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) goes solo at Amstel Gold Race

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) goes solo at Amstel Gold Race
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Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) launches his race-winning attack on the Cauberg at Amstel Gold Race

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) launches his race-winning attack on the Cauberg at Amstel Gold Race
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Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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The Fleche Wallonne podium: Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha), Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) and Alberto Contador (Astana)

The Fleche Wallonne podium: Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha), Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) and Alberto Contador (Astana)
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Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) wins Amstel Gold Race

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) wins Amstel Gold Race
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Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha) just couldn't make one of his many attacks stick through the Ardennes

Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha) just couldn't make one of his many attacks stick through the Ardennes
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Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team), Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) on the Saint-Nicholas at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team), Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) on the Saint-Nicholas at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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The Brabantse Pijl podium: Thomas De Gendt (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator), Sebastien Rosseler (RadioShack) and Jurgen Van de Walle (Quick Step)

The Brabantse Pijl podium: Thomas De Gendt (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator), Sebastien Rosseler (RadioShack) and Jurgen Van de Walle (Quick Step)
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Servais Knaven (Milram) contemplates having finished Paris-Roubaix for the 16th time

Servais Knaven (Milram) contemplates having finished Paris-Roubaix for the 16th time
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Serguei Ivanov (Katusha) tries to go away from Philippe Gilbert, Damiano Cunego, Frank Schleck and Alexandr Kolobnev at Amstel Gold Race

Serguei Ivanov (Katusha) tries to go away from Philippe Gilbert, Damiano Cunego, Frank Schleck and Alexandr Kolobnev at Amstel Gold Race
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Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) charges towards the finish of Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) charges towards the finish of Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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The Amstel Gold Race podium: Enrico Gasparotto (Astana), Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions)

The Amstel Gold Race podium: Enrico Gasparotto (Astana), Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions)
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Philiippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) tries to distance Serguei Ivanov (Katusha) at Amstel Gold Race

Philiippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) tries to distance Serguei Ivanov (Katusha) at Amstel Gold Race
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Alexandre Vinokourov is embraced by Astana teammate Martin Stangelj at the finish of Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alexandre Vinokourov is embraced by Astana teammate Martin Stangelj at the finish of Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) missed Flanders through illness, but he was back-in-black at Paris-Roubaix

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) missed Flanders through illness, but he was back-in-black at Paris-Roubaix
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) couldn't catch a break this Classics season

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) couldn't catch a break this Classics season
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Matti Breschel's Classics campaign was plauged by misfortune. But the Saxo Bank rider did walk away with a win at Dwars door Vlaanderen

Matti Breschel's Classics campaign was plauged by misfortune. But the Saxo Bank rider did walk away with a win at Dwars door Vlaanderen
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Oscar Freire (Rabobank) roars with delight as he wins Milan-San Remo

Oscar Freire (Rabobank) roars with delight as he wins Milan-San Remo
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On a different path: Tom Boonen, Matti Breschel, Juan Antonio Flecha and Fabian Cancellara were the animators of the cobbled Classics

On a different path: Tom Boonen, Matti Breschel, Juan Antonio Flecha and Fabian Cancellara were the animators of the cobbled Classics
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David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) had an inspired ride at the Tour of Flanders

David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) had an inspired ride at the Tour of Flanders
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The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad podium: Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo TestTeam), Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions)

The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad podium: Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo TestTeam), Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions)
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Bobbie Traksel (Vacansoleil) triumphs at the end of an epic Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne

Bobbie Traksel (Vacansoleil) triumphs at the end of an epic Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne
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Crashes like this at Gent-Wevelgem are part-and-parcel of the Classics

Crashes like this at Gent-Wevelgem are part-and-parcel of the Classics
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The Dwars door Vlaanderen podium: Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil), Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) and Niki Terpstra (Milram)

The Dwars door Vlaanderen podium: Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil), Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) and Niki Terpstra (Milram)
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Fabian Cancellara, Tom Boonen and Juan Antonio Flecha on their own at E3 Prijs

Fabian Cancellara, Tom Boonen and Juan Antonio Flecha on their own at E3 Prijs
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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Bobbie Traksel (Vacansoleil) claims Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne

Bobbie Traksel (Vacansoleil) claims Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) digs in on the Muur, but can do nothing to answer Fabian Cancellara at the Tour of Flanders

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) digs in on the Muur, but can do nothing to answer Fabian Cancellara at the Tour of Flanders
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Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) makes his way past the Flemish faithful on the Muur

Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) makes his way past the Flemish faithful on the Muur
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Defending Milan-San Remo champion Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) remounts after suffering a mechanical problem

Defending Milan-San Remo champion Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) remounts after suffering a mechanical problem
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Matti Brechel (Saxo Bank) clearly enjoying the spoils of victory at Dwars door Vlaanderen

Matti Brechel (Saxo Bank) clearly enjoying the spoils of victory at Dwars door Vlaanderen
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) softens his opponents at E3 Prijs-Harelbeke

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) softens his opponents at E3 Prijs-Harelbeke
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Liquigas were a strong presence throughout the Flemish Classics

Liquigas were a strong presence throughout the Flemish Classics
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Tom Boonen was caught napping when Fabian Cancellara attacked at Paris-Roubaix

Tom Boonen was caught napping when Fabian Cancellara attacked at Paris-Roubaix
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Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) leads Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil) through a cobbled corner at Paris-Roubaix

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) leads Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil) through a cobbled corner at Paris-Roubaix
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) at Paris-Roubaix

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) at Paris-Roubaix
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) clings to Philippe Gilbert's wheel after the Omega Pharma-Lotto rider attacked at the top of the Poggio at Milan-San Remo

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) clings to Philippe Gilbert's wheel after the Omega Pharma-Lotto rider attacked at the top of the Poggio at Milan-San Remo
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The Milan-San Remo peloton race a local up a climb

The Milan-San Remo peloton race a local up a climb
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Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) blows the Tour of Flanders to bits on the Molenberg

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) blows the Tour of Flanders to bits on the Molenberg
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The pace is on at Dwars door Vlaanderen

The pace is on at Dwars door Vlaanderen
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Spring win number one for Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) at E3 Prijs-Harelbeke

Spring win number one for Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) at E3 Prijs-Harelbeke
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The Milan-San Remo podium: Tom Boonen (Quick Step), Oscar Freire (Rabobank) and Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini)

The Milan-San Remo podium: Tom Boonen (Quick Step), Oscar Freire (Rabobank) and Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini)
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Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) salutes at the end of the Tour of Flanders

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) salutes at the end of the Tour of Flanders
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A solo Swiss flag in a sea of Belgian and Flemish standards

A solo Swiss flag in a sea of Belgian and Flemish standards
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Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Columbia) drives towards the finish line at Gent-Wevelgem

Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Columbia) drives towards the finish line at Gent-Wevelgem
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Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) at E3 Prijs, in what would become a familiar position for the Swiss throughout the spring

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) at E3 Prijs, in what would become a familiar position for the Swiss throughout the spring
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Big Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Columbia) wins Gent-Wevelgem

Big Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Columbia) wins Gent-Wevelgem
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Dimitry Grabovsky (ISD-Neri) was last man standing of his breakaway group at Milan-San Remo

Dimitry Grabovsky (ISD-Neri) was last man standing of his breakaway group at Milan-San Remo
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Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) surges towards the top of the Muur at Flanders, having just distanced Tom Boonen (Quick Step)

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) surges towards the top of the Muur at Flanders, having just distanced Tom Boonen (Quick Step)
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) solos towards victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) solos towards victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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The 2010 spring Classics may have come to a close, but cycling's biggest one-day races have once again left behind a catalogue of dramatic images. Cyclingnews has selected some of the best pictures from veteran cycling photographer Roberto Bettini, which capture all the drama of the spring.

The spring season kicked-off in early March with the Belgian semi-Classic Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Juan Antonio Flecha took not only the first Classics win of his career but the first for the new Sky outfit. A week later, Bobbie Traksel (Vacansoleil) triumphed in a brutal edition of Kuurne-Bruxxeles-Kuurne, which saw just 26 riders finish the race.

Attention then turned to Italy, where the first major Classic of the year was run from Milan to San Remo. For the third time in his career, Oscar Freire (Rabobank) was first across the line at La Primavera, relegating Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and former-winner Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini) to second and third, respectively.

The Classics caravan made its way back onto Belgian soil for the lead-up to the biggest cobbled races of the year: The Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Before those, however, Dwars door Vlaanderen, E3 Prijs-Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem were to be decided. Saxo Bank's sensational spring began with Matti Brechel's win at Dwars, before Fabian Cancellara powered away from Boonen and Flecha to win E3 Prijs. A day later, Bernhard Eisel ensured HTC-Columbia a spring victory as he sprinted to victory in Gent-Wevelgem.

On to Flanders, where Cancellara surged away from Boonen on the Muur-Kappelmuur and soloed into Ninove to seal the third 'Monument' of his career. In the run to Roubaix the Swiss played it cool as Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) sprinted to victory at the mid-week Scheldeprijs. Four days later, Cancellara stamped his absolute authority on the cobbled Classics as he stormed away to his second solo win at Paris-Roubaix.

Brabantse Pijl brought the peloton towards the Ardennes and Sebastien Rosseler (RadioShack) bested his breakaway companions to seal the final victory of the Flemish portion of the Classics period.

An Icelandic volcano caused havoc with start lists, but nevertheless the Ardennes then commenced at Amstel Gold Race, where Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) outclassed everybody on the Cauberg. The Belgian's victory in the Netherlands lifted him to straight to the top of the favourites list for Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Like Gilbert three days earlier, World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) claimed his team's first win of the season at Flèche Wallone, as the gritty Australian powered past Alberto Contador (Astana) in the final meters of the Mur de Huy.

Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha) had made his presence felt throughout the week of the Ardennes, but the Russian's hopes of victory were again foiled as Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) closed the Classics with his second title at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.