Published: 28 March 2013
Report: Team Sky
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As Team Sky prepare to tackle the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, our latest video gives you the lowdown about what these monument Classics are all about - with insights from the staff and riders who are set to tackle them.
It takes a special kind of rider to compete over 250 kilometres of rough cobbled terrain, not to mention the stresses and strains on the bikes and equipment.
While Flanders on Sunday 31 March is famous for its tough ‘hellingen’ climbs, Paris-Roubaix on Sunday 7 April is a pan-flat test of endurance over bone-jarring sectors of pavé, each graded on their length and severity.
The races are 100 and 117 years old respectively, and Belgium and northern France will come to a virtual standstill as the action unfurls with over 500,000 fans expected to line each the world-famous routes and millions more watching on television.
If you're planning to watch the Tour of Flanders on TV, viewers in the UK can watch two-hour highlights from 1900 on Sunday on Sky Sports 2 HD as well as on the move with Sky Go.