Last Sunday's Tour of Flanders, won by Trek Factory Racing's Fabian Cancellara, kicked off one of the most eagerly anticipated weeks of the cycling year, with Paris-Roubaix bringing it to a close tomorrow. Ahead of that, here's a behind-the-scenes look at last weekend's race through videos from IAM Cycling, Orica-GreenEdge, and Omega Pharma-Quick Step.
In the first, Martin Elmiger and Roger Kluge of the Swiss UCI Professional Continental outfit IAM Cycling talk to team partner Muc Off about the challenges riders face on the Tour of Flanders, with Elmiger also explaining how his race came to a premature end.
Orica-GreenEdge’s latest Backstage Pass video includes the eve of race team briefing, a rider’s point-of-view of the sign-on filmed through a helmet-cam sported by Canadian Svein Tuft, and how the race unfolded for the Australian team. The film was put together by its sports director, Matt Wilson.
Here’s the full-length video of that helmet-cam footage, which shows a couple of things - how far it is from the team buses to the sign-on area, and the huge crowds the race gets for the start in Bruges. The rider is the Canadian, Svein Tuft.
Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s video follows team staff as they supply the riders with food and drink during the 259km race – there’s a certain art to handing out three musettes within a couple of seconds as the peloton speeds by – then settle down to watch the finale. Silence underlines the collective disappointment at Stijn Vanderbergh finishing fourth and missing out on a podium place.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.