Let’s jump right in. Screw the bloated intro/backstory.
During the next few laps, Twitter moaned relentlessly about who they did/didn’t want to win, Voeckler power-sharted around acting pissy as usual, Contador kept lighting blue touch papers, and the Belgians covered it all. David Harmon (@spokesmen) said something to the effect of, “It’s nearly all over Sean, I can’t believe it. It’s nearly all over.” Sean responds with a winnaar, “The Cauberg is where it all could be decided.” Mind you we’re at 4km out at this point. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt though, the race length was interminable. Light years beyond the paniagua line for both commentator and rider alike.
Sean was correct. The Cauberg was the decider. Italy led into the final turn with most of Belgium behind them.
Nibz is lead onto the Cauberg while the entire country of Belgium follows his wheel. Notice Bjorn Leukemans leading Gilbert up the right, alongside Boonen and Jurgen Roelandts. Valverde realizes he’s a bit behind and calls upon Piti-power.
Amazingly, Eurosport stayed for the podium.