The Spring Classics - a series of races in Italy, Belgium and northern France in March and April - are among the most iconic races in professional cycling. They're held on tough courses that wind through back roads and typically contain several sections of cobbles. Hard to finish and much harder to win, given how many things can go wrong.
In this video, Mark Robinson from Cyclingnews.com talks us through the Classics. They are part of the heritage fabric of professional road cycling and loved (and feared) by both racers and spectators. Have a watch to find out more: