When TV schedulers realise they’ve put 15 Kevin Costner films on in a month by mistake, they declare it a “Kevin Costner Season” and try to make it look deliberate. Realising that not much has happened other than Roubaix this week, I’ve declared this a “Roubaix Special” to try to make it a thing.
Lotto Soudal finally took the big win through Stan Dewulf after so many “strong showings” in the big races, typically involving several riders in the top ten but missing out on the top step of the podium.
Dewulf moved towards the head of the race as the different groups split and the strongmen came to the fore. Letting Julius van den Berg lead out the sprint, Dewulf had more than enough to distance the Dutch rider in the final 80 metres. This win backs up his stage win at the Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux in April and adds his name to a high quality list of recent winners which includes Taylor Phinney, Mike Teunissen, Filippo Ganna and Bob Jungels.
Last week’s roundup commented that SEG Racing Academy had all hit form at the right time, and their rouleurs proved that what the climbers can do (Bretagne, Isard, Liege), they can match. Van den Berg and Thymen Arensman – the latter just 18 years old – rounded out the Roubaix podium. Digging further down the rankings, Edoardo Affini and Peter Lenderink were both in the top 20, and the whole squad was in the top 50.
In Other News
The Circuit de Wallonie (1.2) had a podium of 21 and 22 year olds and the oldest rider in the top 100 was 24. Mikkel Frolich Honore (Team Virtu) taking the honours. He was joined by teammate Niklas Larsen (winner of Eschborn Frankfurt U23) and British rider Ross Lamb (T.Palm – Pole Continental).
The Baby Giro roadbook has been published and avid race followers can find it on the event page.