Veranderingen in de Ronde van Vlaanderen

Initial reaction on the race in general: battle was good, but it felt like something had been amputated. Obviously I’m not a fan of the removal of the Muur. I’m also not a fan of how these new changes made the race feel. Barriers on the Paterberg, the finish in Oodenarde, the new parcours resembling nothing I grew to love as De Ronde. The finish especially felt alien. But races change, and the Ronde’s meandering Flandrian parcours has been altered many times. We got another of these to see if the weirdness changes before we can vote the Muur back in.

Cutting to the Chase

Fabian Cancellara crashed out and the race changed. To some this was too much to bear, as Fabs was a major protagonist. But major names have always suffered a race altering mechanical, flat, or crash throughout the history of this race and all races in general. Onto the race.

Stuff Before the Race got Real

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Open With The FinishOpening with the finish. What?

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - OudenaardeAerial view of the start in Oudenaarde—breathtaking.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Full-Johnny'Ronde rider goes full-Johnny, sweeping a spectator’s leg. Do you have a problem with that?

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Mole-nbergHorrible Photoshop hack-job, but you get the friggin’ point. MOLE-nberg.

 

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Langevelde DownHorrifically spectacular spectator crash takes Langevelde out. Pippo miraculously avoids doom.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Marcking VanmarckeThe big names marcking Vanmarcke on the Oude Kwaremont.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Don't Look BackI’d crap myself if I was Sep and I looked behind myself as I attacked to see this.

 

The Paterberg – The Race Gets Real

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The PaterbergTerpstra and Vansummeren get nice and close…

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The PaterbergNiki teaches Johan what centrifugal force means.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The PaterbergThe poo’s about to start flying and the fan’s been turned on.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The PaterbergVansummeren’s bike makes no noise at it hits the ground. However, Summe’s clattering skeleton causes Tommeke to check his gearing.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The PaterbergThere it is—the poo officially hits the fan.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The PaterbergSpeaking of poo, a Lotto-Bellisol rider takes a forced natural break in the ditch.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The PaterbergFurther up the Paterberg, the main contenders form the traditional Cobble Line.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The PaterbergSporza knows their camera angles. Circuits do have their plusses.

 

Oude Kwaremont – The Race Gets More Realer

Haaaaa, psych! It all came back together again. Look at the bunch with 18k to go—freaking ridiculous. Luckily Terpstra knew this. A-Ball also knew this. In fact, he knew this more than Terpstra and displayed his knowledge of more by showing Niki his skinny red ass.

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The Oude KwaremontTerp Dog shows his strength on the Kwaremont. Ballan recognizes the strength.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The Oude KwaremontTerp Dog’s face is pain. Ballan is cool, calculated. The move is happening…

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The Oude KwaremontJust like that, A-Ball’s caught Terpstra.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The Oude KwaremontTerpstra assumes the role of dropped as Ballan kicks it into overdrive. The Players Club’s queueing up behind.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The Oude KwaremontTHE MAN OF MONTOVA FLIES UNDER A FLANDRIAN FLAG FLYING OVER HIM!!

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The Oude KwaremontUhhh, waar ligt Alessandro?

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The Oude KwaremontAlessandro’s move looks hella serious right here, but…

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The Oude KwaremontThen Pozzoto got all awesome on us. Tommeke’s behind him in stoker position.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The Oude KwaremontYeah, this hurts.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The Oude KwaremontA-Ball checks whether the sign says “TITS” or “FRITS”.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The Oude Kwaremont15″ and growing. Big names making big moves.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Luca MovaLuca Paolini desperately trying to bridge. LP was super strong today.

 

Laatste Paterberg – The Race Gets Wicked Hahd

Ballan, Pozzato, and Boonen hit the Paterberg for the 3rd and laatste time. With only minor gaps of 12″ to Paolini, and 18″ to the chasing bunch there wasn’t time for playing about. Luckily, these three race bikes real good like.

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Laatste PaterbergA-B-P all together as they begin the ascent of the kicker.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - The Paterberg MaarchOoooo, muy macho!! 3 across as A-B-P do the Paterberg Maarch. Paolini and bunch in the distance.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - 20% Paterberg GrindPozzato shows his strength and begins his move. Ballan follows quickly, but Boonen struggles to wind up his massive, taught buttocks.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Boonen GappedBoonen actually looked shaky here. Reminiscent of how he looked trying to hold Cancellara in ’10.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Actual GappageGappage! Actual gappage showing here.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Gap, Sagan, GapGap, Sagan, Gap. The boy is strong, he just needs a few more races to sharpen the senses.

 

To Oudenaarde We Will Take You

A-B-P begin pushing the gap out after they crested the Paterberg. Everyone behind was now racing for 4th. When you think about it, it should be: B-B-P, shouldn’t it? Or, A-T-F. Whatever.

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - WerkgroepWerkgroep.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Where Is PhilGilMeanwhile, at the back of the race… Where is PhilGil?

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Glass CrankingGVA and Chava—glass cranking.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - TrafficNot too much going on here.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Giraffe AttackBallan’s attacks resembled a newborn baby giraffe finding its legs for the first time.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - PlayingWith a gap of a minute plus, there was time for playing. Track skills exhibition.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Giraffe In The FrontTommeke and Pippo wisely force the newborn giraffe into the lead for the sprint.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - SprintingThe newborn giraffe pulls up lame while Tommeke and Pippo battle it out.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - From The RearApproximate viewpoint of Alessandro.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Buttocks Of OverwinningsButtocks of overwinnings.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tommeke At The LineIt looked closer than it actually was—Boonen wins De 2012 Ronde by a bike length.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Winning From The RearMoar overwinnings from the rear.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Politie Ain't PolitePost-finish mayhem—these Politie ain’t polite!

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Hondo 'Roid RageWhen Hondos attack: ‘Roid Rage!!

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Woooooo!!Wooooooo!! Belgians like their Boonen and their bike racing.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - 'Dat Kid!DAT KID!!

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Pippo BackYou like Pippo back? Here’s some Pippo back.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Amused TommekeTommeke’s amused by Pippo back.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Not Amused EddyEddy, however, is not amused. He may be reading legal documents, though.

 

Cycleboredom | Screencap Recap: Ronde van Vlaanderen - De 2012 Ronde WinnaarsDe 2012 Ronde Winnaars.