So this week we had Dwaars De Vlaanderen which was a repeat victory for Lampaert of QS from Teunissen and Van Marcke - Raced in poor conditions which split the peleton and a group of 5 got away in the last 15kms - Women’s race was won by Van Dijk with Van Vleuten fifth - She was in a group of 8 riders that broke away from the pelton over the last climb - Sunweb had two riders and played the numbers game.
MS have a minor crisis with injuries in an already thin squad of 24 riders - A.Yates has a broken pelvis, Nieve who hasn’t raced this season has fissures of the hip, have no idea about Howson wh hasn’t raced since the Herald Sun Tour while 4 or 5 other riders have suffered from illness. of course this has resulted in some reduced numbers in races.
Team for one day race Miguel Indurain
MS won this race last year with S.Yates, though this year it will a case of younger riders gaining experience.
It’s the same team for Pais Vasco stage race starting on Monday with the addition of Juul-Jensen who is the ironman going from race to race - It’s a loaded GC field and it would be good to see Haig do a decent GC - Think this race may be a case of following wheels.
Team for Flanders Field
Very confident that Trentin can do top 5 or better - Has been in major split in each of his Belgium races.
Women’s team for Flanders Fields is
Can get a good result in this race with three live options depending on circumstances.