Great ride by Brand, and equally impressive that Vas managed to keep the remaining Dutchies behind her.
The course is definitely better than I originally expected, but from the tv it does look like there is barely any atmosphere atmosphere at the venue. The ground might be loosened up further for tomorrow as a bit of overnight rain is forecast.
I think Ronhaar had a mechanical somewhere in the race which made him be a lot of time trying to keep up with the back of the group.Agree that there does seem to be a lack of atmosphere. Brand dominated the Women's race today, making it less interesting than normal. The U-23 mens was ever-changing and pretty interesting. Did the WC Ronhaar sacrifice himself for Kamp? Seemed to be struggling at the back of lead group, before putting in a big attack and then promptly hitting reverse again. What was that about?
It will most likely be a situation like last year where it takes a couple of races to get back to the level where they were before. Or maybe it will be a time where we start to see a more balanced playing field, with riders like Iserbyt, Aerts and Hermans able to take the fight to the more multi disciplined riders.I just wonder how MVDP, Aerts and Pidcock will fare when they come back. Will the go straight to dominating again, or will not racing have an effect?
Isn't that the problem/ issue with a lot of modern CX championship courses? Pure power tends to trump any technique/ skills. Kastelijn is a good climber, but technically, she's pretty average ( I don't like being too critical, as she seems a nice person).Womens elite not overly exciting. Brand just crushing it on pure power and not a lot of skill. Blanka Vas the great exception riding with style into silver position. Kastelijn the ever technically disappointing rider but with an engine better than most.
Agree completely. Lackluster course that didn’t challenge the riders to their technical limits. Absolutely hard but almost all uphill sections on tarmac, cobbles or easy dirt. Only one section presented the riders with a real challenge. The off camber descents were probably much more difficult than what they looked but yet there were very few mistakes on these.Isn't that the problem/ issue with a lot of modern CX championship courses? Pure power tends to trump any technique/ skills. Kastelijn is a good climber, but technically, she's pretty average ( I don't like being too critical, as she seems a nice person).
Similarly, in the women's U23, after Pieterse's OTB in the mud, she had a job trying to get back to Van Anrooij, who is a strong TT-er, and technically competent. In fact, of the first 4, you'd probably say, Van Anrooij is the least technical rider - as the other are all decent MTB-ers, especially Burquier & Pieterse.
For that reason, that's why I probably prefer MTB; anyone lacking in skills will usually be found out.