GP Jef Scherens
Yesterday I rode the GP Jef Scherens in Leuven, a real circuit
race with repeatedly the same tough lap. The hills in the lap
weren't that particularly difficult but because there were four
hills per lap, it started to get hard during the 13th lap, of the
180km long race.
On the first lap a couple of big groups got away but they didn't
get much of a chance, my main concern was to ride near the front of
the peloton and luckily enough too because just as we were entering
the start of the second lap, the pace increased on a small climb
and a group of away of 31 with myself and Dominique Cornu from
Skil-Shimano. The group was too big but the cooperation was enough
to keep the peloton at bay, with the advantage hovering around the
one minute mark. Then when behind the pace of the peloton increased
under the impulse of several team, we put the hammer down in the
leading group and the group reduced to 17. The group then grew to
24 with three laps to go.
In the mean time the peloton once again applied the pressure and
it was clear that we were going to get caught after having been
140km at the front. I tried to get away a few times as well as
trying to join the front of the peloton when it caught us but that
didn't work out. When we were completely caught, a group of six got
away immediately who rode away to the finish. Behind I tried to
break away but there wasn't a chance and so my group resigned
itself to ride for the 7th place.
In the sprint I rode for Mitchel Docker, one of our sprinters,
and I came 33rd.
Result-wise it was a bit of a shame that I couldn't go further
because my legs were really good today and I rode an attacking
race. The form is good and hopefully that will come out in the Tour
of Britain that begins next Saturday.