The Classics Have Begun
|The Season of the Strong Men|
This weekend the classics got under way with the racing of the first cobbled classic of the season, the Omloop het Niewsblad. Bill came up big with the huge Englishman Ian Stannard pulling off an impressive diesel style sprint. He went super early and GVA just couldn't come around. Lots of people picked up minor points here as WFL riders took the top 5 spots.
|It's recreation time!|
The sprinters classic of Kuurne - Brussels - Kuurne ended with a group sprint as Quick step shredded the peloton on the few early hills and used their power to stay away until the end. Boonen's sprint was all but a formality even with a speedy Moreno Hofland making a valiant effort.
A few crashes marked the beginning of the classics season. Most notably for BMC. Both Thor and Phinney had injuries but both should be just fine. Despite how bad it looks.
|Phinney continues to earn his stripes|
The Classica de Almeria was also this weekend. Only one WFL rider managed to score points here. But it should be noted that those 5 points from Tiago Machado were enough to boost Eric the Neo-Pro past Gregario Forza into 4th place overall.