Weekend treat…

This has been a hard week for a number of reasons I wont go into so it’s nice to get to Friday evening and a delicious beer.

Posy backdrop but the drink is great

I’d not tasted this Leffe winter beer before but I am really impressed by it.

There remains a snobbery about Leffe , especially in Belgium. But as an accessible beer with a taste that can transport you back to Flanders it hits the spot.

Brune and Blonde I will drink. On draught I prefer Ruby but this one beats them all.

Its crisp, yet fruity and puts me in the mind of much pricier and stronger bottles.

So whilst I love the rarer and smaller batch products that are harder to track down and costlier to drink, this weekend I appeal to you all to show love for Leffe…

It does a job. It’s a domestique rather than classics winner but as long as you understand that it wont disappoint.

Classics riders on the market for 2021

Sorry to link another CN article but I found this one equally as interesting.

Click here.

The name that leaps out to me is Sep who despite starting to reach the latter years of his career still deserves that one last shot and the Ronde. I hope the sentence at the end of the piece regarding the need for more investment in the EF team isn’t a precursor to another summer of uncertainty for that team.

There is a name missing from that list as a rider that I think is out of contract at the end of the season and that is Jurgen Roelandts. Yes I am a total fan boy and yes that is all based on his 2015 Gent-Wevelgem lone breakaway which is half a decade ago now, but … he is the boss and I expect to see him back in Belgium leaving Movistar and helping one of the lesser teams get to the front next spring.

I am predicting Wanty. You read it here first.

Back to the article however and of course Yves Lampaert and Nils Pollit will command the biggest transfer…

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.

Our men 2019 – Update

We put our 9 riders for 2019 on the BikeRadar forum back in February and with the season now over we thought it might be time to have a look at how they did. 

Where they were hits, boy were they hits, but when they missed….

Tom Dumoulin

Poor year for the former Giro winner who crashed in that race early on before missing the Tour de France. Made the move to Jumbo-Visma for 2020. 

Krists Nielandts

Was present in a number of classics before getting in the frame as a potential worlds winner with his brilliant solo attack to win the GP Wallonie in Namur the week before the Rainbow bands were decided. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?edufilter=NULL&v=43_e4ITdkoc

Bob Jungels

Really poor year from Bob who was present in the cobbled classics without being too prominent. Only really saw him in Lombardia after that. 

Remco Evenepoel

Fabulous first season for a rider who showed in Columbia back in the Northern winter before some semi classic action. 

His season ignited with a Classica San Sebastian win the week after the Tour de France. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?edufilter=NULL&v=n871v2M8gCs

Jurgen Roelandts

Not seen all year. Really sad for our hero…

Egan Bernal

Inspired pick if I say so myself. Won the Tour de France and an Italian semi classic. It will be interesting to see how he works with Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome next year. 

Thomas De Gendt

Wonderful solo attack in the Volta a Catalunya which he proved was no fluke by holding off the combined forces of Julian Alaphillipe in Thibaut Pinot in the Tour de France for a memorable stage win. 

Tony Gallopin

Surprisingly quiet year for Gallopin who did at least end it on a high by being prominent in Paris Tours on the final weekend of the European season. 

Mathieu Van der Poel

Started the season on fire with form from the Cyclo Cross campaign he’d dominated. 

He ended up in a flower bed in the Tour of Flanders before getting back to the lead group, a memorable ride. Followed that up with arguably the ride of the year in winning the Amstel Gold. 

Dominated the Tour of Britain, but couldn’t quite hold on to win the Worlds in Yorkshire. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?edufilter=NULL&v=Yi4opDanurU