Romain Bardet makes an impression in Amstel Gold Race

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale)

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) (Image credit: Etienne Garnier)

It's rare that one of the five "monumental" Classics throws up a surprise winner – although there can be disappointments – but there are always "performances" that catch the eye in the Classics. A combination of training, enthusiasm, opportunism and the proverbial day of 'grace' can throw up the odd unexpected name doing unexpected things.

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