I settled down to watch De Ronde on my daughter’s laptop expecting to be underwhelmed and I wasn’t disappointed. I like to think that I am not a prisoner of the past but the Tour of Flanders without a finale on the Muur and the Bosberg is surely a joke in the worst possible taste. Why when you have the perfect race course would you change it for one totally without merit? Well, of course, we know the answer, money..
As for the race itself it was crap. All the bulldust about Cancellara was just hype. When the Swiss eventually showed on the Oude Kwaremont he and Sagan quickly caught Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) who despite having done the lion’s share of the work in the break quickly latched on the back. Only fifty metres from the junction with the main road did the elastic snap and the twenty two year old Pole lost contact. If Cancellara had truly been on a great ride he would have passed the Pole as if he was standing still.
This morning I read the race report in the Daily Telegraph which concentrated on Sagan’s indescretion on the podium. The unidentified writer also mentioned the crucial move on the “Vieux Quaremont”!! Presumably he or she cribbed the report from a French paper.