Ghent, or rather ‘Gent’ we love it; the bars, the people and the fact you can walk into a filling station and there are six quality cycling magazines on the shelf to chose from.
And you have to love a city where they have taps to discharge the rainwater. Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne Brussels Kuurne, the first real races of the year – Down Under, the Desert races, Langkawi?
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
It’s always nice to skek the new kit which is on show at Het Nieuwsblad; not so long ago you could have Campag or Shimano brakes then along came SRAM – well, now you can even chose which FSA calliper you go for.
We DON’T like this, number behent the seat, how the heck are you meant to identify who’s who?
Shoulder numbers may not be cool but they do the job.
And we’re sure the mechanics don’t like this, back brakes tucked under the bracket to catch everything the roads of Flanders have to offer. This is one of the Bahrain Meridas, nice machines – brake position apart.
Just another snapper? Nope, former Tour de France stage winner, Netherlands Champion and Worlds medallist, Leon Van Bon who’s now a pro photog.
Boonen – we’ll miss him but maybe it’ll be easier to get around the QuickStep bus after his final Paris-Roubaix?
He’s a God in Flanders – and rightly so, his palmarès speak for themselves and he oozes charisma.
The sport will be the poorer without Tomeke.
But the people of Flanders have taken Sagan and his eccentric ways to their heart – it was almost as difficult to get close to him as it was to Tom.
He had to have stewards clear a passage to the sign on for him.