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.

Cycleboredom | Remix: OPENINGSKLASSIEKER WEEKEND Reaction

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.

But from the inevitable moment Tom Boonen attacked on the “Boonenberg” (Taaienberg), to the surprising Sep Vanmarcke win in the sprint, the race was fantastic. 

BOOM Goes the Boom on the Boonenberg

Lars had a bit of a tumble. Perhaps you may have heard something about it.

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Boom Goes Boom 1Boonen leads the groep onto the Taaienberg. Boom comes up on Tommeke’s right.

 

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Boom Goes Boom 2Tommeke’s feeling the Boom, plus Sep gives Sylvain a bit of a shanker!

 

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Boom Goes Boom 3Boonen feels the Boom. Boom senses the inevitability.

 

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Boom Goes Boom 4Tommeke muscles against Boom as Lars begins the dismounting process.

 

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Boom Goes Boom 5Tom wins the balance battle. Lars clears a spot for himself to sit down.

 

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Boom Goes Boom 6Lars detects the scent of other riders and rolls in it. His bike lashes out at a passing Skyclist.

 

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Boom Goes Boom 7Briefly Tom thinks of looking to see if Lars is comfortable. Briefly.

 

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Boom Goes Boom 8Lars has finally found the perfect spot on the Taaienberg to view the race.

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.

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - The Vanmarcke LookbackeThe newly patented/trademarked Vanmarcke Lookbacke™.

 

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Vanmarcke Pushing On The PaddestraatVanmarcke pushes the pace on the Paddestraat. Hushovd is clearly struggling here.

 

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Vanmarcke On The Lange MunteVanmarcke again forces the selection, shedding Boonen and Flecha’s teammates.

 

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Overwinnings For Sep VanmarckeOverwinnings For Sep Vanmarcke after schooling Boonen and Flecha in the sprint.

 

Pelotonal Randomness

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Too Much CrashetToo many hit the tarmac this day. More than I remember so in the past.

 

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - OPQS Height DopingClearly, OPQS have been height doping. Gert Vandenbergh is a giaant.

 

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

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:

 

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:

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Sky PunishersIf you look closely, you’ll see the where the winning move emanated.

How The Race Was Won™ (HTRWW™) is a Cyclocosm concept and production.

Pelotonal Randomness

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Boonen And Van AvermaetTommeke has a counter-dig to Greg Van Avermaet’s effort—GVA follows.

 

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Boonen Taps Van AvermaetTommeke pulls up and says to GVA laughing, “Just doing intervals, kid.”

 

Cycleboredom | Belated OHN/KBK Review - Ballan On The BikeSometimes Alessandro Ballan looks ungainly on the bike. This is one of those times.

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.

  • http://masteringtheuphillshift.wordpress.com/ Anna D

    where did you take these crystal clear screenshots from??

    • Anonymous

      Extra-spicy secret!

  • Duan Dao

    love these good laughs

    • Anonymous

      Glad to hear it.

  • Hugh Jass

    Excellent!

    • Anonymous

      Grazie mille.