3.30.2012

De Panne: bravo Maciej! final results looking to Flanders

De Panne podium
Yes I like VERY much :D I confirm my previous opinion that Driedaagse De Panne is a boring race and also admiting the first stage has been surprisingly interesting - the most owing to Liquigas strategy - I can't say the same about the second one (just a sprint: Guarnieri lost again, Kittel won). As far as stage 3 is concerned... the morning road race was just a short flat circuit around De Panne (Kristoff won) so - as usual - the final victory was got in the last TT. I watched it with a mixed feeling: it was technical, quite short but longer than a prologue, with a 360° curve where riders must almost stop and start again. You had to take some risks here to do a good time and few riders wanted to. TT specialists like Durbridge or Sergent gave the impression to be racing prudently. That's normal. Many of those guys were already focused on Sunday Ronde van Vlanderen, one of the Holy Races in cycling calendar. No prudence anyway could stop Sylvain Chavanel (1st), Lieuwe Westra (2nd) and Stijn Devolder (10th): they are in a top shape, are not hiding it and will be strictly watched on Sunday.
I like very much because Chavanel is one of my favourite riders. He has got guts and character. He's talented and in my opinion good for stage races as well as for classics, for the Ardennes as well as for the Flanders. He looks in his maturity now and in the shape of the life. So strong he can hardly control is strenght. His team will try to win again by Tom Boonen but a Chavanel like that can be a very good alternative.
Just like Boonen and Chavanel (and Terpstra), Westra and Devolder are team mates: Devolder aims to the victory on Sunday and I will be surprised if Westra wins... however THAT Westra is impressive. Lets not forget him.
I like very much also because I like Jesse Sergent: 6th in the TT isn't a big results for him but 6th in a prestigious - even if peculiar - short tour like De Panne is great for such a young rider. 
Above all I like very much because I like very much Maciej Bodnar: to see him on the final podium was simply amazing. I interviewed a few riders sofar and Maciej is one of the most interesting and nice amongh them. Read  here: http://allezandy.blogspot.it/2011/12/yes-we-like-maciej-bodnar.html ....what he said. I got especially impressed by two answers: first of all when I ask riders about their favourite book they often reply evasively but Maciej is a good reader. When I think about him thought I always remember these worlds: "I'm satisfied with my season but you could always do better :) ". That is the spirit!
Bodnar isn't a leader usually but an hard team worker: "I am a passista so my field is the flat but when I am in a good shape I can afford some short climbs ;) Anyway my job consists in keeping my leaders covered in the flat saving them from the wind, puling the peloton and other works in the flat." That he said about himself. So maybe you find his name in a break more than in a top ten. A podium is splendid and he can do more. His dream race? Paris-Roubaix: in just few days!
Bravo Maciej! I hope to write again and soon about you! :D
BDW 1
Bravo also the young Tosh Van Der Sande who won his first jersey (mountain) on the muers of Belgium.
BDW 2 
Bravo the 'old' Andy Cappelle who won the sprints jersey by a 50 km solo break. The peloton let him go, ok but he endured.
BDW 3
I got quite angry this morning finding almost NOTHING about De Panne on the Gazzetta. Ok the interview with Gatto by Pastonesi, ok the article about Mantova doping case... but a picture of that podium, a decent report of the race, two words about a rider like Bodnar who lives in Italy and speacks Italian... I expected more!
TT
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:17:49
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:04
3 Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:00:17
4 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:18
5 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:19
6 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:22
7 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:00:31
8 Luke Durbridge (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:00:32
9 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:38
10 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:39
 Points
 1 Alexander Kristoff
Sprints
1 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 9  pts
2 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale
Mountain
 1 Tosh Van Der Sande
Team
1 Omega Pharma-Quickstep
GC
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 12:05:44
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:04
3 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:14
4 Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:00:17
5 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:18
6 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:22
7 Luke Durbridge (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:00:32
8 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:39
9 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:51
10 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:55

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