Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Echelons and Belgians are dominating Paris Nice so far, but the mountains come soon. Today the road kicks up and tomorrow is Ventoux so Thor's days in yellow should be over. Frank Schleck, Cadel Evans, and Carlos Barredo are all well placed around 3 minutes back. Cunego and Julich further back between 5-7 minutes. The wind and echelons played havoc with the field as just about half the field is over 10 minutes back after 2 flat stages! Ouch. Plent of breakaway candidates in this bunch including of course Jens Voigt. Slipstream was making a lot of noise about this being a major objective and have Trent Lowe and Vandevelde placed well enough to try something.
Tirreno-Adriatico kicks off today and this race seems to be as memorable for its crashes as its sprint finishes. Why High Road would send the crash magnet Hincapie here is hard to imagine. Maybe a Devolder,Karpets, or Ricco can go for the overall. I just hope that Bettini, Boonen, Backstedt, Cancelara and Ballan avoid crashes before the big April classics!
10 days til Milan San Remo! Not to mention Castilla y Leon,Settimana Classica, Dwars door Vlaanderen,G.P. Waregem, E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, and Critérium International to keep you occupied in March while we all wait for Flanders and Roubaix.