The Classics rule the plan in April. The second of the five Monuments, the Tour of Flanders (April 3), kicks the month off, with Kristoff returning as the guarding champion, before the third Monument, Paris-Roubaix (April 10), takes after a week, with Degenkolb searching for two wins in succession.
Consideration then changes to the Ardennes Classics week, which is comprised of the Amstel Gold Race (April 17), La Fleche Wallonne (April 20) and the fourth Monument, Liege-Bastogne-Liege (April 24). Alejandro Valverde won both Fleche and Liege a year ago and will be the man to beat again in 2016.
For the stage racers, there is the uneven Tour of the Basque Country (April 4-9), the Giro del Trentino (April 19-22), the Tour de Romandie (April 26-May 1) and the second version of the Tour de Yorkshire (April 29-May 1) to get stuck into. Trentino and Romandie specifically are the last warm-up races for May’s Giro d’Italia.
The ladies’ WorldTour proceeds with the Tour of Flanders (April 3) and La Fleche Wallonne (April 20).
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