Omloop Het Nieuwsblad It's on!
Posted 25 February 2012 - 02:49 PM
Posted 25 February 2012 - 02:59 PM
Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:02 PM
How are Vanmarcke and Hayman in the sprint VdB?
As far as I know, both are 'strijkijzers' as they say in Flemish cycling lingo, i.e. 'flat irons' (as in the thing you use to iron clothes). They have little or no sprint.
With Breschel and Hushovd gone, Boonen should be by far the fastest sprinter of these guys. Makes you wonder why they're still helping him. But I think Vanmarcke is already happy to be there in the finale and Flęcha always rides so...
Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:03 PM
Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:07 PM
You may be right - I just remembered Vanmarcke got a second place in the final sprint in G-W two years ago!
Totally forgotten about that. So yeah, he may be faster than I thought after a tough race (like this)
Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:15 PM
Great race, in any case. These races almost always deliver, it's so great to be back.
Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:19 PM
Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:32 PM
Boonen did everything well in those lats kms until the sprint...he probably went too early and underestimated Vanmarcke's sprint. Still, Vanmarcke didn't steal the win by any means. He and Boonen made the race. Amazing race from the young gun - his first pro win too! Garmin may not be missing Hushovd too much this year...
Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:33 PM
Yeah, true. Still, I kinda like that Boonen tries to make the race himself. He's the anti-Hushovd.
Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:41 PM
Posted 25 February 2012 - 05:16 PM
"I couldn’t believe my eyes. I beat Tom Boonen, my big hero,” an emotional Vanmarcke said during the post-race interview.
Posted 25 February 2012 - 05:43 PM
Posted 25 February 2012 - 10:27 PM
I could easily foresee him blaming Boonen.
I still feel only slightly bad that Boonen didn't take it ... I mean it's the one major Belgian classic he has missing in his palmares (*coughs* well apart from that hilly affair that passes through Bastogne)
Posted 25 February 2012 - 11:19 PM
great opener for the season though!
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