OPQS must be wondering what went wrong there having had four guys in a small group at the front with Cancellara and Segan isolated. Couldn't have been any better for them at that point in the race.
PSA: Tour of Flanders *possible spoilers*
Cancellara was always riding within himself and isn't really renowned for needing a pile of teammates at the end of the classic races. I think most of Trek kept him safe for the first 200km then he was left to deal with the tactical part of the end by himself and the DS.
Sagan needed the help though and I think if Vandenbergh had worked with Van Avermaet a bit more he may have finished second rather than fourth but letting Cancellara and Vanmarcke catch them was a mistake. I guess they thought they might have a chance to get the others back to them for a bunch sprint but with the quality in that leading 4, it was unlikely.
Awesome race though, made better for me by the fact I rode the latter part of the course on the Saturday
but letting Cancellara and Vanmarcke catch them was a mistake
Not sure they had much choice in that after 250 KM.
Possibly if Vandenberg had worked with Avermeat sooner and not just tagged along they could have maybe held out, but then Cancellara would probably have gone sooner if they had. The OPQS tactics did seem very negative from about halfway despite strength in numbers.
Sets things up nicely for Paris Roubaix
Probably stating the obvious, but what a fantastic race, best of the season so far. If Roubaix is even half as good next Sunday I'll be quite content.
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