This Belgian Weekend...

Battle to the line,
Langeveld vs Flecha
a classic finish...

When I awoke this morning, I caught the last 8 kms of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The feed was somewhat slow constantly buffering, however it wasn't a problem at all as the race was between two riders, Juan Antonio Flecha & Sebastian Langeveld. I'm so glad that the 'bad' weather persisted making this Belgian race... a true classic.

by a tyre's width!

A classic it was, the sprint was decided at the line as Langeveld outdueled Flecha to win by a tyre width. I was reminded of that other chaotic finish in the 1990 Paris-Roubaix as Eddy Planckaert beat Steve Bauer by just a centimeter.

This Belgian weekend continues tomorrow with Kunne-Brussels-Kunne and most of the same riders will be there. It will be fascinating to see how Thor Hushovd & Tyler Farrar will ride and whether the tough Flecha can respond with another amazing ride.

One rider I'm following is Belgian veteran, Nico Eeckhout (An Post Sean Kelly) nicknamed aptly, Rambo. Tough as nails, the 40 year old Eeckhout turns it on when the weather is severe. It's looking like another great classic battle!

Planckeart vs Bauer,
1990 Paris-Roubaix...

Tomorrow, Rambo will be there!


Jason said…
it was indeed a classic and the best race of the year so far. let's hope k-b-k turns out to be similar today.
8valvehero said…
I think Thor is out today, according to the latest official start list.
Richard said…
Hi Jason,

a great classic start to the season.

Hi 8valvehero,

ah Farrar is taking over as leader
Richard said…
in fact, Farrar just missed the podium!