The classics season's first major test is an unpredictable blend of punchy climbs, shorter overall distance, and potentially bad weather.
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