A sunny but painfully cold day – a quick summary of today’s race. Sandy courses always offer a good spectacle and I remembered that I really liked this course last year, so I was looking forward to todays race and didn’t even mind the 4am start. What I left out of the equation was the cold. My fingers were positively cold by the end of the day
For me, the two Vicious Velo girl’s performance stood out. The are amateurs – in the best possible meaning of the word and yet Delia Beddis finished 11th while Claire Beaumont finished 19th. Not too shabby if we consider that they don’t do this for a living.
And then there was the sprint at the elite men’s sprint. I still don’t know what to think. To me, the sprint two weeks ago in Gieten was ‘legit’, I do think that Sven Nys didn’t gift a win to Klaas Vantornout. [/one_half][one_half_last]I’m not so sure about today, it just looked weird but I simply can’t imagine that the Sunweb-Revor team could pay enough for Nys to gift wins and Nys doesn’t really need favours either. That being said, I’m just an outsider with relatively little insider knowledge – people more in the know said that this race wasn’t all that important to Nys, so he didn’t try THAT hard. It might be true but he never struck me as someone who just allows others to win, even less important races.
Tomorrow is another day and it’s going to be one of my favourite races: the Druivencross in Overijse. The course is great, the surroundings are beautiful and the race has got plenty of history, so everybody will be mega motivated to win. Can’t wait to see the day unfold. See you tomorrow.