27 March 2010
The small Ronde van Vlaanderen.
That’s how they also call the E3 Prijs.
Tom Boonen aimed to win this race.
On the Eikenberg and the Taaienberg he left the peloton behind him.
He showed his powers. “Look boys, I’m strong”.
No one was able to follow him immediately.
He says himself that “the best place is the first place” on the cobblestones.
On the Paterberg and the Oude Kwaremont two riders went along with him.
Fabian Cancellara and Juan Antonio Flecha were
the only ones who could follow the rider from Belgium.
Together they went to the leading group to soon pass it by again.
Pozzato tried to get back again from behind, but failed.
Then it was clear: one of these three was going to win.
They were fighting with the wind as if it were a time trial.
Boonen pulled faces, Flecha looked back a lot.
Cancellara kept his head cool and did not pull faces at all.
He pulled through another time and pushed hard.
The muscles in his thighs tightened.
He kept on pushing against the wind.
In the streets of Harelbeke he tried to get away.
Flecha tried to follow, but couldn’t close the gap.
Boonen misjudged a turn, Spartacus pulled it off.
With a great acceleration and an exceedingly strong mentality
he has his first Belgian classic in the pocket. A small one, that is.
The question is if he’s also capable of winning the ‘big one’ next week…