Who won Gent-Gent (Omloop Het Nieuwsblad)?


Bloody technology! greenjersey was watching Het Volk on the computer when, with six km to the finish, the broadcast changed to an American detective drama! Of course when you don’t really know what you are doing it is not easy to resolve that kind of problem and greenjersey couldn’t so no finale for him.

It was the kind of race where it was clear to a TV viewer, in the comfort of his home, that that the riders and their sporting directors are a bunch of clowns. There was a break of six and a chasing group of about sixteen. Haussler seemed to be the strongest in the front group and Gilbert the strongest of the chasers. He launched a super attack up the Molenberg pulling Flecha away but the rest clawed their way back to them. At the front the group split leaving Langeveld (Rabobank) and Haussler (Cervelo) at the front with about one minute lead and 30km to the finish. The Rabobank team seemed to have complete control of the chasers at one stage they were three abreast blocking a narrow road.

Then Nick Nuyens (Rabobank) attacked from the chasers. No I don’t know why either. He took Gilbert and Frederic Amorison leader of Landbouwkrediet-Colnago with him and then sat on as the other two cut into the gap. It was down to ten seconds and a “catch” as Liggett would say looked inevitable. But behind Sylvain Chavenel (QuickStep) was doing an amazing ride towing the group along (with some help from Lotto’s Hoste).  They caught the Gilbert trio and then everone sat up and started looking at each other.

Gilbert was unable to contain himself and started, once again, to tow the chasers. Given that Boonen was in the group, fresh as a daisy, and most of the rest hadn’t done a stroke of work surely Gilbert should have told them to f@%k themselves and let them try a turn at the front. greenjersey likes workers not shirkers but hates to see a rider taken for a mug.

At that point instead of the drama in Flanders I got a made for TV “drama” in California!   greenjersey thinks Haussler will have won.

Wrong again! Langeveld and Haussler were caught in the last kilometre and Thor Hushovd won  in a sprint.

Let’s hope that I get to see the finish of tomorrows Kurne-Brussels-Kurne.

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