Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert holds his three-and-a-half-year old son Alan as he celebrates winning the 49th edition of the Amstel Gold Cycling Race over 251.8 kilometers (156.5 miles) with start in Maastricht and finish in Valkenburg, southern Netherlands Sunday, April 20, 2014. Rear is third place Simon Gerrans of Australia who walks up to the podium.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong) (via Cycling - Photo Gallery - Yahoo Sports)
The Spring Classic’s are a series of prestigious cycling races held each year within France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Dating back from as long ago as 1896, the races can be gruelling, long and very tough. Steep climbs, 200 plus kilometer routes and infamous cobbled stones are among the elements the riders’ have to battle through to gain first place in these ‘monuments’ of the cycling calander.