The best time of the year is here! The Spring Classics have officially started with the first two races of this year’s campaign this past weekend. The first of them was Omloop Het Nieuwsblad followed the day after by Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. These two races are used by most of the favorites as preparation for the bigger races later in the month. Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Milan-San Remo and Strade Bianche are big upcoming races and all the favorites want to make their start healthy and efficient.
First let’s start with Omloop. Last year’s winner Greg Van Avermaet came this year as a favorite, with Peter Sagan the current World Champ and the always efficient Sep Van Marcke. There was a big pile up in the towards the beginning of the race that split the field and all three of the favorites made it out to the front group. Eventually they broke away from that group and went all the way to line. Peter Sagan did a lot of the work in the break, and it ended up costing him at the end but I’ll stop with more details and instead share the highlights video below.
The second race of the weekend was Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, Peter Sagan again made it to a final break with another great roster of riders. Including Jasper Stuyven from Trek-Segafredo who happens to be last year’s winner and Luke Rowe from Team Sky. Learning from his mistakes on the last race, the World Champ shared his pulls in the group and had the legs at the end for the final sprint. Below are the last 2k from the race!
With those two races over and done, the Spring Classics 2017 season is beginning to really take off. Can’t wait for the bigger races coming this month. Next weekend is Strade Bianche!