Today we were once again taking part in a Belgian 1.1 race, this time Handzame Classic. Just as the other races this season the pace was very high from start. First hour we had an average of 50km/h so it felt quite good that the breakaway of the day went away after one hour riding.
After about 85 km we entered Rodeberg and straight after Monteberg. This is a region that I am familiar with after staying outside Ieper when I was riding for the Swedish continental team CykelCity.se. Knowing the roads made it easier to stay in the top when we were climbing the hills. In Monteberg I was even away in a breakaway together with three other riders, from Etixx, Lotto and BMC. The peloton didn’t let us get any bigger distance and just after a few km we were back in the pack. Anyhow it feels good to be able to follow attacks in such hills at this level and it confirms that the training Reidar is setting up for me is giving results.
With 25km to go Daniel’s rear wheel gets broken and I have to give him mine. It took me almost 15km to get back to the bunch, and another seven to reach the front. I am proud I could be there in the last km to assistant Daniel before the sprint. Unfortunately we lost each other again in the tough fight for the positions. Daniel finished 16th and I finished 21th. The team worked well today and we take small steps forward which soon will give us a good result. We just have to keep on trying.
Tomorrow I will travel to France. Next week I’ll do Tour de Normandie and I am really looking forward for this season’s first stage race.