Rowe on different path to Classics after hard hit from COVID-19 in winter

MANRESA SPAIN MARCH 26 Luke Rowe of United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 100th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2021 Stage 5 a 2015km stage from La Pobla De Segur to Manresa 220m VoltaCatalunya100 on March 26 2021 in Manresa Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Luke Rowe working at front of stage 5 for Ineos Grenadiers in 2021 Volta a Catalunya (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Talking to Luke Rowe in the Catalan sunshine in March is not the most frequent of experiences for a cycling reporter, given that normally at this time of year, the Ineos Grenadiers racer is in the thick of the Classics a couple of thousand kilometres further north.

But after years where the rider from Cardiff has centred his first half of the season around Paris-Nice then Milan-San Remo and almost all the cobbled Classics through to Paris-Roubaix, this time, after the UAE Tour and la Primavera, Rowe headed west for a first-ever participation in Volta a Catalunya

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.