Race Report: The first weekend of northern cobbles have jarred the bones, shaken the senses and quickened the pulse. It's only a month until Flanders, and Roubaix! Today's 2014 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne revealed some very interesting shows of strength from certain teams; for others, a lot of work to be done and a few hard truths to hear.
Race Preview: Het Nieuwsblad kicks it all off on the Saturday then the following day the circus moves south to Kuurne for the semi-classic Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The race has similarities with ‘big brother’ the previous day; it’s on the 200 K mark and it ventures into the Flemish Ardennes above Oudenaarde and PEZ will be roadside.
Bar l'Ecluse, Ronse on a February Sunday afternoon and the tattooed guy is drinking beer and playing pool; just like last year. The big TV up in the corner tells as that there are 48 K of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne to go - that's an hour of racing but already we're saying; 'bunch sprint.'