Apr 24, 2015

Friday File: Legend: Tro Bro Leon giving it's due credit, Stop in a Belgian gas station, La Doyenne, Basque Cycling & Shred the monster

Love the artwork, love this race...
My favorite poster design of defending champion Adrien Petit, 
drawn by Jean-Paul Mellouet, a graphic designer, who organized all 31 editions since creating the race in 1984.








Jeremy Roy cam.




Friday File opens with the cobbled, off road rural tracks of the 200km French race, Tro Bro Leon. I didn't know much of this race until I did some research. This crazy, zany race - well, the best placed Breton rider wins a prized piglet. How cool is that? Held in Finistere and dubbed, 'Breton Paris-Roubaix or the 'Hell of the West.' This race is a test on the rural farmlands of the far west of France. It was held April 19th and won by Alex Geniez (FDJ) and note that second placed Benoit Jarrier was the best placed Breton and won the piglet. Sorry no image of the winner and piglet. I've also included the exciting 2012 edition - the amazing victory by Spidertech's Ryan Roth and teammate, Guillaume Boivin (3rd)... a Canadian moment for sure!






This race doesn't get the notoriety like the other big races 
so I'm placing this race amongst my favorites.






Sunday LBL; La Doyenne visits...



My prediction:
1. Dan Martin
2. Purito Rodriguez
3. Rui Costa






You'll never know who you'll see at a Belgian service station...







The rich history and future of bike racing in the Basque Country...





Having a bad day? Hop on your bike and shed the monster...



Apr 21, 2015

La Fleche Wallonne: An added sting







A new sting: Before the iconic Mur de Huy, the riders will tackle the new climb; the Cote de Cherave (1.3km at 8.1 percent) 





My prediction:
1. Purito Rodriguez
2. D. Martin
3. M. Kwiatkowski




Apr 20, 2015

Michal Kwiatkowski: Out punching the puncheurs in style

Michal Kwiatkowski on the winners red throne.




Winning in the rainbow jersey is such an amazing feeling. I was really suffering on the last lap.

- Michal Kwiatkowski




On the Cauberg, Ben Hermans was the perfect foil to launch Philippe Gilbert but too many riders formed to spoil the BMC party. The finale had plenty of action. Greg VanAvermaet was another weapon launched by BMC and looked good but at the line, the world champion out punched the puncheurs in style!





Action galore: the final kilometers of the 50th Amstel Gold Race...





Shenanigans between Curvers and Reynes...





a car takes on the peloton...




and Caruso and Rosa fall on a sharp corner...





Apr 17, 2015

Friday File: Puncheur Sunday; Have a Amstel Gold, Hard Worker(s) & Legend, Paris-Roubaix: Just a few more

The Cannibal won twice - 1973 & 1975.





The Ardennes Classics start Sunday with the 50th Amstel Gold Race (think beer) the biggest race in the Netherlands. The Dutch want a home win (and need one), and haven't had a win since Erik Dekker in way back in 2001. So, I'm going for two Dutchmen: in form TT winner in Pais Vasco, Tom Dumoulin and second overall in Tirreno, Bauke Mollema. Dark horse is puncheur, Tony Gallopin. And, the man to beat is King Cauberg, who can make it number four...



Habit forming...
Phil Gil enjoys his third Amstel in 2014.







Hell of the North: just a few more...

























“I have to search now for a place to put the cobblestone in my apartment, and this is not going to be easy! “It’s big and heavy, I need to find a stable bench for it.”
- John Degenkolb









I always liken a good day when a hard worker wins...


Chapeau to Ben Hermans.
De Brabantse Pijl...

Last year's winner, Philippe Gilbert (3rd) makes it known who number 1 is...

"He is always working for the team. When you have someone like this and they win, it is always nice."





Another team advantage...


Service Course
via Castelli Cycling


Apr 14, 2015

The Final Flemish Flury: De Brabantse Pijl






The Flemish Classics have one more race remaining- tomorrow's De Brabantse Pijl. Defending champ, Philippe Gilbert is back and afterwards will attempt his assault on the Ardennes Classics - Sunday with Amstel Gold. Before that, a final Flemish flury: 205.4kms, 26 climbs... it'll be a kicker.





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