Saturday, February 25, 2012

Spring Classics Season Has Begun

I'm watching the 2012 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Steephill.TV, complete with Flemish commentary. Tomorrow is Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Great to see the tough guys of the peloton back in action, but a bit frustrating to watch as a bad back has been keeping me off the bike for much of the last month. Lots of crashes already in today's race. For some riders, the classics season appears to be over just after the start of the first race.

It should be an interesting season. Will Philippe Gilbert (who's already suffered an untimely puncture today) dominate this year, as he did last year? Will Fabian Cancellara (who is not racing today) reassert the dominance he demonstrated in 2010? Will Tom Boonen make a comeback? Or will a new strong man, some one like Garmin's Marijn Maaskant, rise up to challenge the big boys?

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