The Flanders Classics youtube channel has just uploaded a number of full race packages from the recent editions.
British Cycling has put a post out cancelling all forms of bike racing for the foreseeable future and that includes our own local “Flemish Classic” just up the road in Rutland.
I am particularly devastated as I have a long relationship with the race and its associated sportive.
So whilst I understand and accept wholeheartedly the reasons for this. I want to express my support for the organisers and hope against hope the event will be back next year.
Elsewhere the actual Flemish classics appear lost for 2020 with Paris-Roubaix now offically postponed.
Stay safe all and speak soon.
Here is a link to this weeks episode.
As the week has worn on, the whole world has been edging nearer and nearer a period of shutdown.
Despite taking place, Paris Nice has ended a day early to allow riders to get home before their respective nations shut down for a couple of weeks or so.
The race itself was pretty exciting with lots of wind, rain and one of my favourite words of the spring, Echelons.
But all through the week there was an impending sense of doom that became reality Thursday into Friday when a number of teams pulled out.
And that it would appear is that in terms of bike racing for the foreseeable future. No Giro, very little chance of the Flemish classics and a growing sense of feeling despite all of ASOs posturing, the Tour de France will be next.
But as my post earlier in the week stated, public health must come first and this period where a lot of the things we take for granted are taken away, we will grow to appreciate them on their return.
Of course the first and foremost thing to say on Covid-19 is that the health and safety of everyone should be absolutely paramount and in the grand scheme of things cycle racing is not the most important thing at this time.
But this is a cycling website so that is the area of focus that we have.
We reported last week that Strade Bianchi was postponed and this week we have no Tirreno Adriatico before the cancellation of Milan-San Remo at the end of the week.
Naturally as a lover of the sport and someone with a bit of an understanding of the financial delicacy it faces, I worry about the longer team ramifications.
It is slightly better in France as Paris-Nice is at least off and running, but when you read quotes from the riders that 90% of them will be surprised if they reach the Mediterranean at the weekend you know that this is something that wont be going away soon.
Cyclingnews has already reported that the mens and womens Giro D’Italia’s are in doubt and that there are likely to be issues in France by the time the Tour comes round.
At the moment the UK has no barriers to sports or gatherings but it feels like a matter of time and that 2020 will be a year we remember for one thing.
Like all of the cycling world, we were upset to hear of the passing of Team Ineos DS Nico Portal at the age of 40.
RIP Nico, our thoughts are with your family and friends.