Milan – San Remo finale in doubt

A landslide has recently hit the Poggio climb leaving over €10m of work needed to get the road repaired.

There are rumours that the organisers of the race might be tapped up by the local council to foot the bill.

Whether the work will be done ahead of the race arriving in March is a moot point.

It might affect Phillippe Gilbert’s chances of completing his 5 monument hand so we will be watching with interest.

Could "Urban" cross become a thing ?

Sunday wouldn’t be Sunday at the moment without watching some cyclocross on GCN Racing.

Having thought the season had reached it visual zenith with the Koppenberg and Koksijde races recently, a race through the streets of Kortrijk didn’t appeal to me that much, but how wrong I was.

The course started on a bridge over the canal, not too impressive so far, before swooping down a toe path and heading high speed off a scaffold into a sand trap.

There was a return to the original side of the canal via a foot bridge and the whole thing was really appealing to viewers.

Until late on when Mathieu van der Poel took flight (or on that course set sail) for victory it had been closely contested and entertaining.

Could this be the future of cyclo cross?

Could it be key to take the race to the people as opposed to expecting people to go to the race?

Cyclo cross needs to keep its new found closeness of racing…

The excitement as Elie Isebyt and Tom Pidcock battled it out on the Koppeberg cross filled a cold ironing filled afternoon at Fendrien towers recently.

It was dramatic to see two riders battling it out with Toon Aerts not so far off the pace either. Not since the days of Mathieu Van der Poel and Wout van Aert had we seen such shots fired at the pointy end of a race.

Last winter had been a dead loss in terms of close racing. MvdP was so far ahead of the rest that it was more interesting watch the race behind him, however impressive his feats were.

However in the last couple of weeks, the return of the world champion had seen him start to dominate again with both Isebyt and Pidcock starting to show signs of tiredness. Both are young and need rest.

The main challenge to Van der Poel should be coming from his age old rivals such as Laurens Sweeck, Tim Meunier, Aerts and others, but they seem a long way short at the moment.

I just hope that we don’t lose the close racing we’ve had to date this winter. Koksijde was a brilliant venue last Sunday, but it wasn’t a brilliant race…

Let’s see what happens in the next few weeks.