With the GP E3 and Gent-Wevelgem coming up this week-end it time for the big two of Belgian racing, QuickStep and Lotto, to raise their game. I have watched five Belgian races on the computer so far this year and it is hard to believe how crap they have been.
Five races make fifty top tens (check the math) and how many have the big two taken? Surely the minimum would be four in each race so that makes twenty. Hell no, would you believe just one! That’s right, one!!
Het Nieuwsblad-Nothing; Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne-Nowt; GP Le Samyn-F all; Dwars Door Vlaanderen-Zilch and Nokere Koerse, at last a result of sorts, Kenny Dehaes of Lotto was fourth. Time to earn those fat pay cheques boys, pull your collective fingers out.
Just in case you don’t know how good Oscarito is have a look at this. For me Verona 1999 is the pick of the crop as it was a real war of attrition. I don’t recall a break, riders just went out of the back all day until about nine were left. Mainly big hitters although Oscar Freire and Chann McCrea (yes really) were both punching above their weight that day. Watch Oscar swing to the right as the string goes to the left. Sheer magic.