Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race November 3rd

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad - Winners and Losers


Rabobank - Yes, they're a winner because Sebastian Langeveld won the race, but also because of a solid team performance. Boom bridged up to group #2 on the road and was in good position if Langeveld's solo mission hadn't worked.

Sky - Juan Antonio Flecha was the only 5 star favorite that seemed interested. His heroic effort to bridge to Langeveld showed his class and gained a couple more fans for Sky. Matt Hayman was third on the day after sitting on Yoann Offredo, but that's racing. The cameras caught a great shot of Offredo flicking his elbow and Hayman shaking his head. Rumor on the street is that Sky going to try and be more fan friendly. Today was a start....

FDJ - The signing of Dominique Rolling was a good one. He made the group with the leaders and looked strong. The highlight for FDJ was Yoann Offredo's riding. He was aggressive and really earned his 4th place. On some of the climbs Offredo would lead and Boonen gave him a couple glances....."like who is this dude"


Quickstep - Terpstra bridged up to the move that had Flecha and Boom. It surprised me that they played this card. With strong riders in the group you need to counter with your strong riders. Terpstra is magnificent but he was clearly a domestique in this race.

Garmin-Cervelo - Same tactic as Quickstep. They put Maaskant in the move. Maaskant is plenty strong just like Terpstra, but that move was meant for team leaders like Hushovd. At times Andreas Klier and Hushovd were chatting alot during the race. I think the lack of race radios might have come into play here, but the "Super Classics Team" looked awkward in the first classic.

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