Nommay ‘cross a joy to watch

Eli Iserbyt and Toon Aerts gave us a master class of cyclo cross over the weekend in France.

The duo pedalled away from the rest of the field with Laurens Sweeck the best of the rest over a minute down.

I asked the question earlier this winter as to whether the dominance of Mathieu Van der Poel was good for the sport.

Dont get me wrong. I love the guy and his strength and power. But this duel was perfect racing and great entertainment.

First it looked like Iserbyt was going to win. Then Aerts came back. He then went ahead and the gap looked unassailable before Eli got back on terms.

Somehow he then found the spirit and strength to attack before Aerts found his way back to the front from a position where all looked lost.

It went down to a sprint with the young talent Iserbyt getting his wheel over the line first.

What a brilliant advert for ‘cross.

The road season starts up again with the Tour down Under this week and it will have to pack a punch to get to this level.

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.