Time for a new Flandrian!
I woke up early this morning to watch the Belgian opening classic race the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. With 58 kms to go I saw former World Cyclocross Champion, Lars Boom fall at the foot of the Taaienberg hill coming up on the inside making contact with Tom Boonen. What a tumble for Boom seeing both bidons eject unceremoniously setting the race for further crashes, punctures, attacks, general mayhem and classic racing excitement.
Many top names were classically marred with bad luck and spit out from the amazing ride from Sep Vanmarcke, Tom Boonen and Juan Antonio Flecha.
Remarkable how the young Vanmarcke put in a confident acceleration around the 20km to go mark with only Boonen and Flecha left. At the last 200 meters I was sure Flecha had a good chance but then Boonen started his sprint only to have Vanmarcke beat his hero for his first Classic win.
The top Canadian was Dominique Rollin arriving with the peloton for a solid 28th place.
Today, an exciting race where we witnessed the young guard beating two of the old guard...dramatically!
Boom goes down.