The season starts in twelve hours !

To get myself in the mood for the start of the real racing I have watched a film of the QuickStep team training on the course of The Oomloop. They rode for four hours including three times over the “Haaghoek”. Never heard of it? Neither had I, apparently it is a stretch of level cobbles east of Oudenaarde and it certainly shook them around.

In the post ride interviews a couple of riders thought it could be crucial tomorrow along with the Molenberg. I just hope and pray that I can find the race on the computer. Belgian commentators have said that Boonen will be anxious to get revenge for his humiliation (their word) by Cancellara last spring. A common view is that it is impossible for Cancellara to have the form of last year. Could they mean that the engine searches will have brought him back to the level of mortals? Whatever, my vote is for Tommeke.

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