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The Wait and Hope: Eneco Prologue

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The Wait and Hope. Yesterday was the start of the Eneco Tour, a race through the Netherlands, Belgium and (I think) Luxembourg. It’s a week-long race on the Pro Tour circuit, meaning it is one of the handful of races through the year from which teams can accumulate Pro Tour points and enhance their ranking.

The rankings determine key factors such as automatic entry into the biggest races of the following year, and so there is a great deal at stake in races such as this for all of Pro teams riding next year.

As seems to be typical for this part of the world (we’ve started in Zeeland, Holland — I struggle to not call it Old Zeeland whenever I mention it — see? I did it again) it is at least a little windy, and quite wet. The Prologue yesterday was a very technical 5km zip around a little town called Steenwijk.

Seeing the uniform drabness of the forecast, our boys were sent off the line in an order where our men most likely to do some damage were in the last part of the race. In this way they had an opportunity to follow some of our earlier boys in the team car to see how they coped with corners, and to get a better handle on the course itself.

As the day progressed, all of our boys were coming through unscathed, but without genuinely setting the world on fire — just getting the job done, and giving their opinions and feel to our final boys about the key parts of the course. Our final three were Jack Bobridge, Cam Meyer and Svein Tuft: U/23 world TT champ, Aussie TT champ, Canadian TT champ. Not a bad combo!

As an aside, Jack and Cam are also members of the World Champion Team Pursuit team, and Leigh Howard, a rider for another team was also part of the pursuit group. There was a l