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Cancellara dominates Tour of Flanders!

What a great day! Cancellara in this form is pretty much unbeatable!

I watched the first few hours of Tour of Flanders on the live Sporza feed on the PC, before our Sunday ride, then watched the finale on Versus in the evening.

Even our ride had a “Flanders feel” to it; bright morning on farm roads with a good wind coming off the fields. The ride was a little shorter than normal so people could get back for Easter family engagements, but it also meant everyone was fresh and wanted to play. Pick up some good Belgian beers and we had the perfect set up to watch the Ronde in the evening!

Even from watching the earlier part of the race it was clear Saxo had a lot of confidence in Cancellara and Breschel. They had all 8 riders on the front before the Oude Kwaremont, the climb where the race normally gets serious. They started ramping up the pace before, to reel in the early break and start the softening up process for their leaders.

There were a few attacks that didn’t get too far. Cancellara then had a mechanical and needed a bike change just before the Molenberg, he passed the whole field on the climb in a matter of minutes he is back at the front and then attacks – amazing!

Tom Boonen is the only one who can go with him and looks like he is suffering a lot more than Fabian as they pull away from the chasers. So the race is really between these two now.

With Boonen the better sprinter he has to stay on Cancellara’s wheel. Easier said than done? We then have the second decisive moment in the race as Cancellara just rode away from the Belgian Champion on the steepest part of the Mur and is gone!

It was deja-vue for Boonen, he now has the impossible task of trying to chase down the best time trialist in the world, just like at E3. Boonen was chasing at 34mph and Cancellara still put over a minute into him in the last 16k! Philippe Gilbert rounded out the podium, but this race was really between the top two.

So Saxo Bank is having a great spring and we still have Paris Roubaix to come!


One Response to “Cancellara dominates Tour of Flanders!”

  1. Nice job Paul. I’ll be on the Sunday May 9th ride. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Cheers

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