After a massively strong and enterprising ride in last Sunday’s Milan San Remo, Geraint Thomas brought his spectacular form all the way from the Italian coast to flaunt it on the cobbled wegen of Flanders.
A big dig from G with about 40 kms remaining, drew out super strong Zdenek Stybar and Peter Sagan. The trio worked hard to distance the rest of the peloton.
Meanwhile, Stijn VandenPowerhouse, Stybar’s teammate, was afforded an unusual rest and it was left to BMC’s Daniel Oss and his prodigious mullet to limit the time gap to the escapees.
Meanwhile, Oss’s colleague, Greg van Avermaet had a Billy Smart’s moment as a touch of wheels resulted in him somersaulting over the handlebars with mercifully no apparent real harm done. Less good news for Spartacus, the mighty Fabian Cancellara, who suffered some broken vertebrae in an earlier accident and will miss the rest of this Classics campaign.
With 4 kliometres to race, Geraint cranked it up to another level. Peter Sagan immediately felt the pain and soon after, Zdenek Stybar could not match the Welshman’s power, leaving G to record a dominant victory and elevating him to be one of the biggest of the big hitters.