Annus galaxicus: The Classics, part one

Season 9, Episode 203,  Nov 26, 2021, 03:40 PM

In the first part of our look back at the 2021 road racing season, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discussed the cobbled Classics.

The Latin title of our series, Annus galaxicus, was Daniel's idea, naturally, and it refers to Julian Alaphilippe, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel, who looked set to dominate the one-day races. However, while all of them had outstanding moments, none of them managed to win one of the five Monuments. We ask why.

And what was the outstanding Classic performance of the year? Tadej Pogacar's sports director Allan Peiper didn't hesitate when we asked him the question.

We also hear from Tour of Flanders winner Kasper Asgreen and Lionel designs his five-course Monuments meal.

Next week, we'll move on the Ardennes Classics and other eyecatching one-day races as well as ask whether any of the current generation of stellar stars can complete the career grand slam by winning all five Monuments.

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