The Ronde van Vlaanderen has been described by Belgium’s as more than a race; it is a sociological phenomenon, a cultural and national event!
On the day of De Ronde, everything comes to a stand still in the Vlaanderen, as millions of Belgians gather on the streetside along route to watch their cycling hero’s pass by up the challenging cobble climbs!
For most professional cyclists, but especially the Belgium’s, this is THE RACE to win! It is one of the biggest classics on the calendar and gets plenty of media coverage and support!
Yesterday, Dutch women and Nederland Bloeit cyclist, Annemiek van Vleuten finished on tops!Here are some post Ronde van Vlaanderen tweets from the women’s peloton:"
Ashleigh Moolman has collected some of the best post-race tweets from the women’s peloton! Including Sarah Düster, Marianne Vos, Martine Bras, Bridie O’Donnell, Rochelle Gilmore, Emma Johansson and race winner Annemiek van Vleuten! Head over & read them!
It was then back to Belgium with a few days to rest and turn the legs over before the racing started. Unfortunately during these days training in Belgium I was hit with another harsh dose of allergies. I’ve always suffered in Belgium during April but this was by far the worst reaction yet. It hasn’t rained here for a while and the sun has been shining; I hear the past two days have been record high pollen counts/readings.
Rash! Rash! My symptoms include an ugly rash all over my face and body, tiredness, itchy eyes, nose, ears and throat, elevated heart rate etc…. not to mention the ridiculous lack of power on the bike!!"
Poor Rochelle’s allergies! A round-up of her life back in Europe, riding Flanders and Dottignies
“No,” she told VeloNation in response to a question about whether she’d had a good day in the maglia irridata. “I’ve come from the track.
“I’ve done some special training for the track and now I’m bad on the roads,” she explained. “I think my season begins at the end of April!”
With the rewards still pitiful in women’s cycling, compared to the million euro contracts of the men, very few can afford to specialise, so the clashing of major events can cause all kinds of problems."
Bronzini on her Flanders - nice article, and I especially like that last paragraph…. Yes indeed…