Let’s jump right in. Screw the bloated intro/backstory.

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Wiggo & Der Overlord
Wiggo has a word with Der Overlord, whilst a teammate tries to stay out of it. But, check out Valverde (far left) staring intently at the Tour winner and UCI president. Priceless.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Laatste Ride?
Cav and Wiggo getting on for the cameras. Laatste ride together? Whoever shall fetch #skinnyjeans’ bidons?

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Dutch Attack
Historically known for passing pon de left hand side, this Dutchie broke rank successfully passing pon de right hand side.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Magic Forest
The little-used road to Hogwarts.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Rock Me Cavadeus
Rock Me Cavadeus! The Manxman narrowly avoids Dirk’s fiercest competition.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Rock Me Cavadeus
Mark has had an interesting year in the Rainbow Jersey. His role in this race was no different.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Calf Envy
Gianni Meersman’s giving me some serious calf/leg envy. Also, #SHOECOVERDOPING.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Calf Envy
His job done, Cav gets a sendoff worthy of a champion. He certainly honored the jersey this year.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Lots Of Heed
A sea of heed!

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - The Clenty Dance
Alberto begins The Clenty Dance up the outside, catching the peloton unawares.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - La Caja Daño
Contador surges to the front, introducing everyone to La Caja Daño—The Hurt Box.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - De Leeuw Knows
De Leeuw knows de winnaar. How? De Leeuw knows the België soigneur.

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.

Hokay, Now HTRWW™

Sean was correct. The Cauberg was the decider. Italy led into the final turn with most of Belgium behind them.

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Italy Leads
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.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Nibz Vs Belgium
And just like that, Nibz is isolated WAY too early on the climb.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Phil Attacks
Nibali suffers and sits from the effort. Gilbert goes. There’s your race.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Raw Chaos of the Beautiful Moment
The raw chaos of the beautiful moment. Legend is fashioned from these moments. The Mapei balloon, however, reminds us how those legends were made in the past.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Long Finish
Phil continues his assault upon the Cauberg. The sheer power exhibited here is breathtaking. Somewhere someone mutters, “Not normal.”

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Race For Second
Cat and mouse games begin for the prestige of the remaining podium steps.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - De Look
De Look, as performed voor the Fråndy Twinz.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Wereldkampioen
Philippe Gilbert – Your 2013 Wereldkampioen. The Rainbow Jersey curse couldn’t possibly give him a worse season than he had this jaar. Hopefully.

Post Race Randomness

Amazingly, Eurosport stayed for the podium.

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - These Guys
So we got to see these guys.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Also, These Guys
Also, these guys.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - As Well As This Sign
As well as this sign.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Paddy Booed
Quite possibly the best moment of the race—Paddy getting booed on the stage.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: #Limburg2012 - Bling
Bling.