In Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, we endured many cobbled sectors. In Le Samyn, we just have one cobbled climb: the Côte de Montignies sur Roc, which we race up four times in the final circuits. This race has many typical features of Belgium races including the concrete roads, short sharp climbs, technical sections and some cobble. If the wind is strong, weather can also play a factor.
Last year was the first time I raced Le Samyn, and while the race came down to a bunch sprint at the end, this is no normal sprint. The gradual uphill gradient for the last 600 metres means that timing and a well-organised team is critical to success."
Orica-GreenEdge were in fact hamstrung and placed in the awkward situation courtesy of the fact that individual entrants, Cromwell and Gracie Elvin, were unable to wear any other jersey than their trade team kit. McPartland admitted to Cyclingnews that he was not surprised that the suggestions of collusion had therefore occurred but made clear that there was no directive from team management to collude.
“It is a disadvantage for the others, I’m not going to lie about that,” he told Cyclingnews."
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Gillow will hope to equal the performance of 1992 Olympic road race champion Kathy Watt, who claimed consecutive time trial national championships between 1992 and 1994.
“I think that it would be really special because Kathy was a great cyclist and that would be a real honour for me,” said Gillow."