We start as the racing began to kick off, which in these semi-classics is usually around 40km or 1 hour of racing remaining. We were immediately treated to Yorkshireman and World-Tour debutant Tom Pidcock [Ineos-Grenadiers] pulling a monstrously strong turn to rapidly close the gap, solo, from the peloton to the late breakaway. This late break as it usually does in classics, contained all the main protagonists who were the favourites for the win. The escape included, naturally, three Deceuninck-Quickstep riders in the form of the brilliant Julian Alaphilippe, Davide Ballerini, and Zdenek Stybar. Have we already mentioned Tom Pidcock. Continue reading “Omloop Het Nieuwsblad”
Todays’ stage put the riders and their expensive, rapid bikes against the clock. So yeah it was set to be a mundane day on the couch, watching and waiting for one man to roll down the ramp, and indefinitely win. Before we get into the details of the stage the main headline was that Alpecin-Fenix had to withdraw all seven riders from the race. Unfortunately, Mathieu Van Der Poel was forced out of any, far-fetched chance of winning the overall. The reason for their withdrawal was due to a staff member testing positive for Covid-19. A mere 12 months after the UAE tour produced cycling’s first positive cases.
Where do I start? Pretty frustrating week all round really in Assen. The prologue was a good start leaving me in 19th and 8 seconds down, however, the criterium stage was a bit like ying and yang. Let me start with saying I love criteriums they are really ME, meaning they suit me rather well, with the sustained power and constant accelerations, so I was doing rather well in the first part of the race. Racking up a few Green Jersey Points with a second and 5 place in 2 sprints before the race went to pieces. A rider, who will remain nameless (partly because I don’t actually know who it was), managed to collide with Continue reading “Assen Junior Tour”