Friday, February 29, 2008

Here come's Het Volk!

It's exciting to see the really start to the season with the first Belgian race, the 63rd Het Volk. Tomorrow's race will see new additions: narrower roads, more cobbles and more climbs ... basically more action!
This gut wrenching, leg burning race will cover 199km that will certainly suit the riders that love the pavé. The race was cancelled due to snow on 3 occasions: 1960, 1986, and 2004. Last year's winner, Fillippo Pozzato is a no show. My sentimental favorites for the win: Thor Hushovd and 'the clown', Jimmy Casper. Maybe, Casper will wear his wig?
It's also good to see the young Japanese champion, Fumy Beppu listed to race. Ever since his internship at Discovery, he's learning what it takes to ride in Europe. And, now with the demise of the team he can look forward to more of a 'leadership' role on the new Skil-Shimano squad. Good to see ex ace grimpeur, Lucien Van Impe now turned  director sportif of the relatively unknown Willems Veranda Continental CY team.

Here's to a great race!

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