Today is a HUGE day in the cycling world: De Ronde van Vlaanderen. A few days ago, I posted about the significance of this race and last Wednesday I shared video of last year’s decisive break in The Bulldozer Attack. Over the past week, it seems every cycling website and blog has devoted heavy coverage to Flanders. In my wanderings around the interwebs, I’ve found a few gems:
Here’s today’s heavy favorite, Fabian Cancellara, in his pre-Flanders press conference, including footage from Team Leopard-Trek’s reconnaissance training ride around Flanders. It’s fascinating to hear the man with the biggest target on his back go over tactics and what’s been running through his head this week:
Here’s a video of recreational riders that takes us through the village of Geraardsbergen and up the Muur van Geraardsbergen, one of the decisive climbs in the race. Amazing how narrow the road actually is considering 200 riders will be fighting to be in the first 10 places at the bottom. It’s quiet and empty for now but it’ll look different this afternoon:
One of my favorite cycling blogs, Red Kite Prayer, has an awesome post previewing the race and considers contenders.
Velonews.com has great pre-race coverage as well.
Versus coverage of the Tour of Flanders airs at 1pm PST this afternoon.