Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I was excited to see Spartacus, Vanmarcke, and former cyclocross superstar Zdenek Stybar in a break with less than 20 km to go. Then heartbroken to see Stybar clip a spectator, nearly crash, and lose contact with the break. 10 seconds might as well be 10 minutes when faced with regaining contact with Cancellara inside of 20 km to go in Paris-Roubaix. On the crappy live internet feed I could see Stybar get suddenly knocked clear over to the other side of the path, collide with another spectator, but amazingly stay upright. Those are cyclocross bike handling skills for sure. Lars Boom was in the mix earlier in the race too. It would be fun to see some cyclocrossers win a spring classic and follow the path of the legendary Roger De Vlaeminck.