Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Belgian door opening... a Canadian on the rocks.

Belgium Hero...
Eric Vanderaerden won twice at the 1986 & 1991 Dwars.




The Belgium door opens for cobble chaos called the Flemish Cycling Week with Dwars door Vlaanderen, E3 Prijs, Ghent-Wevelgem &  Three days of De Panne. And following all that is  The Ronde,  Paris-Roubaix, the Brabantse Pijl, Amstel Gold, La Fleche  Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Certainly a long awaited and most exciting  time for classic cycling fans. I'm one.  And I will be following intently on the internet for the fireworks. The  cobblestone misery will love company in the form of the adverse weather conditions common at this time. The races will be gloriously difficult for the riders to be sure. Flemish fans will be out in full force cheering on their Belgian heroes to win.  I'll be cheering hoping Dominique Rollin can upset the apple cart. He finished a strong  fifth in  the miserable conditions of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The Canadian has a certain taste for the Flemish pave. Last year he made  podium for third at Scheldeprijs. I have a certain feeling he's been going well enough to finally bring home a cobblestone victory and become a  Flemish hero!

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