March 9, 2011
Haussler, Goss, Henderson… all have their sprint legs on but have the ability (like Hushovd) to get over the hills, too. It’d be nice to see them all line up in France in July, but it’s a long season… and it takes a lot of planning as well as skill, fitness and luck to keep it together throughout a year. Freire is also in fine form and fall-plagued Cavendish shouldn’t be discounted. San Remo is certainly looking good.
Nice also to see NZ neo-pro Sergent take a big win. RadioShack seem to be doing quite well without Armstrong…
Tasmanian Matthew Goss took the Paris-Nice race lead after edging out Heinrich Haussler and Denis Galimzyanov at the end of the 202.5km stage from Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire to Nuit-Saint-Georges in Burgundy.
New Zealand’s Greg Henderson won a sprint finish to take the second stage of the Paris-Nice overnight.
British sprinter Mark Cavendish and his HTC-Highroad team will hit the ground running at Tirreno-Adriatico starting tomorrow night.
The seven-day race will for the first time open with a team time trial that will set the tone for the 160-strong field competing in Tuscany.
The world’s best sprinters and one-day specialists traditionally use the Race of the Two Seas as preparation for the classics, especially Milan San-Remo (March 19).
New Zealand neo-professional Jesse Sergent added a big win to his palmares claiming the Three Days of West Flanders overnight in what was a clean sweep for his RadioShack team.
Not to mention yet another word or 1,000 from Jens Voigt….
This week Christopher Jones from Bicycles Network Australia contacted me about something exciting you’ll all be interested in. Christopher spends his time living between Sydney and Berlin and after months of trying to line up an interview with Jens he finally got his chance. Once he got Jens on the phone, the next day they were sitting in a cafe around the corner having a chat.