Nice tight midweek race
I guess the only one that is really really obvious on TV is between riders like Ellen van Loy and Anna Kay.Went to the Ethias Cross in Leuven (this is basically only 1 kilometer from where the WCC RR finish was last month).
Something that really doesn't show that well on TV, is how tiny the women riders were here. Of course none of the taller Dutch women were present (Worst, Brand...), but still, seeing pictures or TV doesn't really translate how thin and tiny most of them are in real life.
Van Loy was one of the few taller riders, and obviously the difference with Kay was clear, but it surprised me that so many of the women were rather short and thin. On TV we usually only get to see the Dutch women in front of the race, and they are probably taller than average.I guess the only one that is really really obvious on TV is between riders like Ellen van Loy and Anna Kay.
Op 4 december begint Tom Pidcock aan zijn veldritseizoen, dat net geen twee maanden zal duren. “Kort, maar intensief”, zegt Kurt Bogaerts, zijn ploegleider bij INEOS Grenadiers, tegen WielerFlits. “Als hij het fysiek aankan, zal Tom een pak wereldbekerwedstrijden rijden.” De nieuwe...www.wielerflits.nl
Pidcock back on the 4th for a short CX season. A shame no English language websites have reported this; even though it's the road off season.
It's possible she's got her eye on a road career, as she's shown decent level of performance in road races; and doesn't need to be like Pieterse, Alvarado, etc
It's his first victory in a cross that's part of a classification since 2017. Damn.
At the moment he's stronger than he's ever been. Even before Van Aert and Van der Poel came to the scene. Past few years he was struggling to finish in the top 10 quite often. He had grown into the non-winner of the team.
Pieterse is upsetting the Dutch favorites. She's fierce. Great to see.
It was exciting, sure, but probably also a testimony that neither of those guys have done any in-roads in the gap to the best riders.