Since it’s already
Wednesday Thursday, most of us can’t possibly care about laatste weekend’s races much less what I have to say about them. So I’ll make this brief, then pad the rest of the post with images.
REMIX: OPENINGSKLASSIEKER WEEKEND REACTION
This should sum things up nicely.
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Damn good race. There wasn’t much to gripe about, unless you’re a BMC/Rabobank/Lars Boom fan. Then yeah, the race sucked. I called the BMC meltdown in my previous post, but that wasn’t a stretch. It was surprising that their main riders, Hushovd and Gilbert, were so lackluster—especially Phillipe. Not going to speculate since this was their first race together like this.
BOOM Goes the Boom on the Boonenberg
Lars had a bit of a tumble. Perhaps you may have heard something about it.
To me, it looks as though Boonen simply holds his line against Boom whose rash decision to come up the inside resulted in a DNF. Luckily, Lars escaped serious injury and was able to start KBK the next day.
Sep Vanmarcke makes his Marcke
A few astute tweeps picked Vanmarcke as their pre-race favorite. They have now been burned for witchcraft. Sep had an incredible race. He pushed the pace, forcing the selection on three key sections: the Molenberg, the Paddestraat, and the Lange Munte. Amazingly, Boonen and Flecha allowed the Garmin-Barracuda rider to sprint from the key position—Sep thanked them with his victory salute.
It sucked. I bitched about KBK being a speed lottery last year, but now I’m longing for those days. All I have to say about the matter is:
THERE’S NO SPRINT TRAINS IN (semi)CLASSICS!!
— Cycleboredom (@Cycleboredom) February 27, 2012
How The Race Was Won™
After scouring hours of footage of the complex and multi-faceted race, I finally culled the fleeting moment born from the flutter of a butterfly’s wings:
That’s all I got patience for. I tried to get cute and add captions directly to the images, and WordPress shat a digital brick. So, now I present you this hacked together mess.