Ronde de Vlaanderen is this weekend. One of the biggest races of the year along with Paris-Roubaix and the World Championships. I don’t think there is any better racing in cycling than one day racing, and the harder the better. Winners of these races are way better cyclist than any TDF winner. So this time of year makes for the best racing. This years race is looking to be one of the best in years. The racing so far this season has been very exciting, and, yes, both Boonen and Cancellara are both healthy, but I think the race is pretty wide open. Throw in the fact that the weather looks good and you have the recipe for some great racing. So I thought I would give my lists of who to watch for the weekend. Obviously Fabien Cancellara and Tom Boonen, no explanation needed. Also, Peter Sagan, my personal favorite. Sep Vanmarke has been looking really strong so far this year, and second last year at P-R shows he knows how to compete in the cobbled classics. Jurgen Roelandts’ showing last year and no Greipel gives him free reign of the team. Omega-Pharma also has Nik Terpstra and Zdenek Stybar. Stybar is another one of my personal favorites. His cross background translates perfectly to cobbled classics. Stijn Devolder has two Rondes alrady and showed some good form trying to pull Fabien back last week. Greg Van Avermaet is on good form and will have the beastly Taylor Phinney working for him because he like his chances at P-R. Katusha will probably have Paolini and Kristoff in the mix as some outsiders. Sky has also shown more interest in the classics but I would be surprised at more than a podium. My last off the wall pick is……. Tyler Farrar. He has shown some decent form this year. With some luck he could stay in for a small group sprint. So what do you think? Have anybody else? Not like my list?
Also, if you are in the Kansas area, get to Manhattan on Sunday for the Wildcat Grand Prix. It is going to be an awesome crit around the K-State campus. I look forward to seeing everybody racing in the great weather.