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Monday, March 3, 2008

Belgium Classics Season has Begun

Classics season is under way.  Phillipe Gilbert stole the show in Het Volk and Steven De Jongh won a two up sprint in Kuurne Brussels Kuurne.  Gilbert's move was impressive in Het Volk.  He flew the coup with 20 km to go and never looked back.  Micheal Friedman of Slipstream Chipotle made the initial break and hung on for 12th.  Great result for Slipstream who is trying to gain as many invites as possible.  Gilbert held off a strong group of Cancellara, Hoste, and Nick Nuyens.  It was a disappointing day for Quick Step.  The Belgium squad bounced back the next day in Kuurne Brussels Kuurne.  They put all their riders in the decisive break.  Bettini was the only one missing.  He was involved in a crash at 9km.  De Jongh followed a late move by Sebastian Langeveld and worked the young rider in the sprint.

Being American the highlight of the weekend for me was the performance of an upstart Slipstream Chipotle squad.  Both days we had former US domestic dudes up there in the semi classics. Day 1 Friedman put it all on the line and Day 2 Steven Cozza finished 24th but made the initial break. I love the fact that it wasn't pro tour guys like Magnus Backstedt or Tyler Farrar.  It was the two tough guy domestic dudes.

Great win by Phillipe Gilbert I think he's one to watch out for.  He seems to be on good form.  He was hurt a bit last year, so he really didn't have a season that reflected his talent.  Great result for FDJ.

Hope the local rides went good this weekend.  I was at Big Sky hitting fresh tracks.  I'll be there next weekend.

Stay tuned for MT cross apparel......yes that's right MT cross tshirts debuting soon!

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