Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fever pitch


Two-time winner and on-and-off favorite, Stijn Devolder said he needed a day to recover from Fabian's solo ride in Harelbeke. In short, he was shocked, but as he pointed out, "Fabian is not just my problem."

Quick-Step announced that Tom Boonen will be supported by Dries Devenyns, Gert Steegmans, and Sylvain Chavanel among others, on Sunday. Initially we were told neo-pro, and grandson of Benoni Beheyt, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck would not start. According to Lefevre, "we don't want to burn him out. All those hills can be a bit much for a 20 year old." And he should know, Lefevre has won seven Rondes as manager. Three with Museeuw, three with Tom and two with Devolder.

Unfortunately, Nicki Terpstra crashed in the Driedaagse and now Van Keirsbulck will take his place and start anyways. So much for burning out 20 year olds.

Only the real die-hard and aging aficionados will remember how in 1963 in Ronse of all places, Benoni Beheyt took the world championship from his team leader Rik Van Looy in an upset that shocked the world of cycling like none other before or since.

Beheyt-Van Looy, do you remember this?

Leif Hoste's visit to the wizard oral surgeon apparently went well and he will be at the start, although his smile may be somewhat damaged due to the stitches in his eyebrow.

The Driedaagse saw an Italian victory this morning, but Guarnieri's success was quickly overshadowed by Sebastien Rosseler's amazing time trial that netted the RadioShack rider not just a stage but the overall victory. Fellow Belgian Bert De Backer started out in the leader's jersey, but ended up in 18th place, at 1'34, just ahead of Jens Keukeleire, the former neo-pro who swept like a whirlwind through Flanders last year but has not won anything so far in 2011.

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