Classic Races


Classic races are one-day, single stage road races. 

Among the most famous ones are: “Milan-San Remo”, the first race of the season, 280 km; the “Tour of Flanders”; the “Paris-Roubaix”, held for the first time in 1896; the “Giro di Lombardia”, first edition held in 1905; and lastly, the “Lieja-Bastogne-Lieja”, from 1890.

The world championship was also a single stage race until 1994, when a time trial was added.

How to play

Players can decide the board length for each stage. There is a minimum of 60 boxes and no maximum limit: board cards which are no longer in play can be added to the final stretch. Or players can decide how many laps to play in a closed circuit.

In the "Finish" section (page 14) the way to set up cyclists when they reach the finish line is explained. Only the three first positions have to be determined for these races, but to decide who will be first, second and third, all the riders who can cross the finish line in that turn will have to play. The winner is not the first rider to cross the finish line, but the one who reaches the furthest among all the ones who cross the line in the same turn. More.

In the single stage Classic Races, what matters is the podium. And the usual strategy is to have two riders drafting, so they get bonus counters for the best positioned rider of their team, their leader. Although the order can unexpectedly change, and there is not always a clear leader.