Paris - Nice is the real season opener. Always has been. Yes its nice to ride in the southern hemisphere in January and February, but riding from the cold north of France to the sunny Riviera is what cycling is about. The week before saw the legendary Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in the Flandrian heartlands. Old traditional races which really sorts the hard men out. As usual the weather was appalling. Chris Sutton taking a fabulous win in K-B-K and Langeveld earning his stripes in the Omloop.
This week is simultaneous running of Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico. Both races ran over the same week but wholly different beasts. And whats up next week boys and girls? oh yes! Milan - San Remo baby!
Yes spring is here!
Omloop - pain suffering and glory
Omloop - a cobbled climb
Omloop - Gilbert
Omloop - Flecha
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne - Sutton triumphant