My linocut called,
'On The Pave'
I'm hedging my bets carefully for Saturday's race, the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen. This race is preparation for next Sunday's Ronde. Hopeful participants are keen to do well and it's a measuring stick for the riders readiness for the impending classics. I do love this part of the season as there's something special in a one day classic race. If the bone jarring cobblestones are not enough then throw in the relentless harsh weather, the more of it the better. Twelve hill climbs peppered with cobblestones should make the riders resolve turn quickly into mush. The real tough ones will relish in it and the rest will be along for the ride.
Can Hushovd win it? How about Hincapie or Flecha?
'Tis the classic season ...and with it a nice long road strewn with beautiful pave!