Ed Hood takes us to the Flemish 'Opening Weekend', the first of the Spring Classics in Belgium. We look back at his trip to Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne in 2019. How to do the Flemish weekend like a pro.
Ed's End of Year Rant: 2019 was a good year for cycle sport and that man Ed Hood has been deep inside as much action as he could get. As we come to the start of 2020, Ed looks back at his memories of 2019 and sums up the season gone with his top picks of the fun.
Rider Report Card: The blood, sweat and dust has settled on the 2019 Spring Classic season and so it's rider report card time. PEZ Head Master, Ed Hood, has been strict with his scrutiny - There are a couple of 'top marks' and a few 'dunce caps' handed out, but who is at the top of the class?
Flanders Classics Day 3: Ed and the gang topped off their busy weekend with the cobbles and frites of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday - typical Flemish fare for a 'race chase'. All the fun of a bike race: Bike spying, mechanic stalking, star spotting and the donkeys, but no glitzy presentation. Proper Flanders.
Flanders Classics Day 1: It wouldn't be March if Ed Hood and the gang were not in Belgium for the opening races of the Flanders Classics - Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Ed arrived a day early to visit the EF Education First team and the ‘Koers’ Flanders cycle racing museum. Ed's Flemish weekend - The first day.
March 04, 2019 - Double victory weekend for Deceuninck - Quick-Step. All the results and video from Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne, plus the UAE Tour. Sponsor for Sky-Top Story. More cycling news: Politt DQd, Dumoulin, Dowsett and Van Melsen injured, no Sagan for Strade Bianche, Zakarin and Mollema for the Giro, new team for Bouhanni, E3 poster and CCC first Classic podium.
Race Report: Bob Jungels gave his Deceuninck - Quick-Step team a double celebration on Sunday as he emulated Zdenek Stybar to win Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The Luxembourg champion took the initiative on the Varenstraat, and then dropped his escape partners in the finalé. He crossed the finish line in Kuurne solo. Owain Doull (Sky) was second, Niki Terpstra (Direct Energie) third.
Race Preview: None of the racing really counts for anything until Het Nieuwsblad - The season proper starts this Saturday. The guys who want to put a Classic on their palmarès will be well to the fore on the roads round Gent and Kuurne this weekend. Ed Hood takes his usual look at the course and riders for the Classic season openers.
Jan 28, 2019 - Elia Viviani won his 70th career victory in the Great Ocean Race-Result and video. Plus Hoogerheide cross, Towards Zero and San Juan. Tramadol tests-Top Story. Other cycling news: Atapuma looks forward, coach for Quintana, Bahrain wage problem, new climbs for Kuurne, Sunderland director, Giro di Sicilia, Yates for Tour, RCS WildCards and Astana rap!