Ardennes classics

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The Ardennes classics are three cycling classics held in mid-April in the Ardennes (Belgium) and Dutch Limburg. The races are notable for their hilly courses, and often have similar riders competing for the top positions as the races are held close after each other. In recent years, the three classics are held within an 8-day timeframe.

History[edit]

The only winners of the "triple" are Davide Rebellin in 2004 and Philippe Gilbert in 2011. Gilbert also won the Brabantse Pijl, another important hill classic in mid-April, winning the "quadruple" that year. Other riders to win all three races, though not in a single year, are Danilo Di Luca, Michele Bartoli, Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault.

There is no official competition connecting the three races, although there have been classifications in the past for the two Walloon races.

In recent years, these three hill classics are held in the second half of April, following a similar set of the Cobbled classics.

Later in the year, there are two similar 'trebles' in Italy: the Trittico Lombardo with the Tre Valli Varesine, Coppa Ugo Agostoni and Coppa Bernocchi in the Lombardy Region, and the Trittico di Autunno (Autumn Triptych) with Milano–Torino, Giro del Piemonte and Giro di Lombardia.

Winners since 1990[edit]

Year Amstel Gold Race La Flèche Wallonne Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1990  Adri van der Poel (NED)  Moreno Argentin (ITA)  Eric van Lancker (BEL)
1991  Frans Maassen (NED)  Moreno Argentin (ITA)  Moreno Argentin (ITA)
1992  Olaf Ludwig (GER)  Giorgio Furlan (ITA)  Dirk de Wolf (BEL)
1993  Rolf Järmann (SUI)  Maurizio Fondriest (ITA)  Rolf Sørensen (DEN)
1994  Johan Museeuw (BEL)  Moreno Argentin (ITA)  Evgeni Berzin (RUS)
1995  Mauro Gianetti (SUI)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA)  Mauro Gianetti (SUI)
1996  Stefano Zanini (ITA)  Lance Armstrong (USA)  Pascal Richard (SUI)
1997  Bjarne Riis (DEN)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA)  Michele Bartoli (ITA)
1998  Rolf Järmann (SUI)  Bo Hamburger (DEN)  Michele Bartoli (ITA)
1999  Michael Boogerd (NED)  Michele Bartoli (ITA)  Frank Vandenbroucke (BEL)
2000  Erik Zabel (GER)  Francesco Casagrande (ITA)  Paolo Bettini (ITA)
2001  Erik Dekker (NED)  Rik Verbrugghe (BEL)  Oscar Camenzind (SUI)
2002  Michele Bartoli (ITA)  Mario Aerts (BEL)  Paolo Bettini (ITA)
2003  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ)  Igor Astarloa (ESP)  Tyler Hamilton (USA)
2004  Davide Rebellin (ITA)  Davide Rebellin (ITA)  Davide Rebellin (ITA)
2005  Danilo Di Luca (ITA)  Danilo Di Luca (ITA)  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ)
2006  Fränk Schleck (LUX)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
2007  Stefan Schumacher (GER)  Davide Rebellin (ITA)  Danilo Di Luca (ITA)
2008  Damiano Cunego (ITA)  Kim Kirchen (LUX)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
2009  Sergei Ivanov (RUS)  Davide Rebellin (ITA)  Andy Schleck (LUX)
2010  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)  Cadel Evans (AUS)  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ)
2011  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
2012  Enrico Gasparotto (ITA)  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)  Maxim Iglinsky (KAZ)
2013  Roman Kreuziger (CZE)  Daniel Moreno (ESP)  Daniel Martin (IRL)
2014  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)  Simon Gerrans (AUS)

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