James Startt was on hand in the Rhone River Valley, to capture the action at two French one-day races considered to be warm-ups for Paris-Nice.
The Faun Ardèche Classic and the Royal Bernard Drôme Classic offer muscular terrain that suits puncheurs and climbers alike.
Amongst dozens of tubulars and double-ring drivetrains, the bikes of Zdenek Stybar and Mads Pedersen stood out at Gent-Wevelgem.
Quick-Step dominated E3 Harelbeke with a brave breakaway, and Sagan sealed the deal with a sprint at Gent-Wevelgem.
The British outfit performs best in stage racing, but it is targeting this season's classics with a "strength in numbers" mentality
Rick Zabel does not dream of Champ-Elyseés sprints or perfect leadouts, but of rough cobbles, steep bergs, and the hardest one-day races