Boonen’s Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Boonen’s Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

 

Boonen’s Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

 

Simon Whiten

 

Boonen and Omega-Pharma Quick-Step’s classics campaign didn’t get off to a great start at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad but things got back on track with a record breaking win for the Belgian at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne…

 

Omega-Pharma Quick-Step
Omega-Pharma Quick-Step (OPQS) on the front

 

There’s a couple of good videos here from the Quick-Step Team; they are good to watch together as well. The first shows the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and gives a nice insight into the sort of support that’s needed for a classic race in the tight lanes of Belgium with team mechanics speeding to get ahead of the race to position themselves at the roadside with spare wheels. It also shows pros dealing with the aftermath of a race that didn’t quite go their way tactically, with the teams top finisher being Terpstra in 5th place…

 

OPQS Mechanic
OPQS mechanics and soigneurs are out on the course in support

 

 

The second video again shows the view from the team car but offers a different perspective, as Tom Boonen sets a new record for Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, being the first rider to take a third victory at the Belgian race, after his teammates split the field on the Oude Kwaremont; specifically due to a powerful acceleration by Stijn Vandenbergh.

 

OPQS Team Car
OPQS Team Car is a hive of activity

 
It was a dominant team performance and, though hugely aided in the break by the Belkin Team, allowed a not yet, fully on form Boonen (he is still building up for the proper Belgian Classics apparently) to be in a position to sprint for the win. Things look good for Flanders and Roubaix then…
 
OPQS Team Bus
The view from the OPQS Team Bus

 

 
Omega-Pharma Quick-Step

 

Simon Whiten

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