Relatively unknown rider Bobbie Traskel from the Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team won the K-B-K today and he deserves a boatload of props. With the ‘perfect storm’ Xynthia descending on Europe, the peleton faced 130km/h winds and relentless frigid rain. Add to this the typical Belgian mud and cobbles and you have yourself a day of absolute torture.
“Before the Oude Kwaremont I attacked to have space. By doing so I could avoid crashes and choose my own line on the cobbles. I’m very happy. I rate this result very high. I haven’t achieved much on the road so far,” said third place rider Ian Stannard. “It was so cold today. In the end I could not concentrate anymore.”
The day after the riders tackled the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, they were back at it again and 25 teams of 8 riders each set out to claim victory on the stormy day. Of the 200 who departed Kuurne on the 28th of February, only 26 riders found the strength to finish.
1 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil_________________4:43:16
2 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank
3 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky___________________0:00:02
4 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC -Columbia_______0:01:00
5 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo TestTeam_________0:02:59
6 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo TestTeam
7 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom___0:05:40
8 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet – Colnago__0:05:43
9 Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack__________________0:05:54
10 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank_____________0:05:55
Sporza.be highlights of the torture: here