The classics season's first major test is an unpredictable blend of punchy climbs, shorter overall distance, and potentially bad weather.
The spring race season kicks off this weekend in Belgium with Omloop and Kuurne. Who will draw first blood at these early tests?
Team Sky has set its lineup for Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Bradley Wiggins and defending champion Ian Stannard will make the start.
Simon Gerrans’ victory in Liège-Bastogne-Liège capped a spring classics season that was wide open and unpredictable in the peloton
Plaxton gets a big-money win in Texas, Boonen and Stannard split the opening weekend in Belgium, and Johansson rings up a couple of podiums
Omega Pharma and Sky split the weekend, Belkin and BMC have a bit of bad luck, and Cannondale and Trek are absent. But it's early days yet
Strength, smarts and teamwork pay off at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for Sky, which is better known for its stage-racing prowess
Pix from the 2014 edition of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Johansson and Armitstead take second and third behind the Giant-Shimano rider
Results from the 2014 edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad