Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) won Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Post-race he said he has trained this year the way he always trains and once again hopes for an even bigger win this spring, at the Ronde or Paris-Roubaix. Flecha lives for the cobbles.
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Climbers attack in the mountains. Juan Antonio Flecha attacks on the cobblestones. It was just such an attack that helped to make Flecha the first-ever Spaniard to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad today. Flecha has come so close so many times in the Belgian classics that you can't help but be happy to see him break through. Flecha is a personal favorite of mine. He's such a classy rider and a media favorite and it was great to see his emotion after his win. Speaking impeccable English, he thanked his Sky team, notably Matthew Hayman, and expressed how important the win was to him. That's always great to see. When it matters so much to the rider, it's that much more enjoyable for us to watch. May we see an entire classics season of such victories! -Pete
Videos: You'll find video highlights of Flecha's win here and post-race interviews here. (Flecha and Haussler speak in English.)
Photos: Omloop photos here (Reuters, AP) and here (Graham Watson).
Sunday's Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne will see pretty much the same field as in the Omloop. Tom Boonen (Quick Step) is defending champion. Notable results by American riders include George Hincapie's victory in 2005 and Davis Phinney's third place in 1988. Cyclingnews previews the 2010 edition here.
There will be Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne live video streaming, with RTBF and Sporza among broadcasters for this race. We'll have live video feeds, tickers and more in the morning as well as video clips post race.
2010 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Official Poster
Start List (.pdf)
Race starts at: 12:00 CET
(6:00am U.S. Eastern)
Live streaming on Sporza and RTBF: Around 14:20 CET
(8:20am U.S. Eastern)
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