Tour of Flanders 2020: Peloton held up by practice at degree crossing, riders pressure method via

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Tom Bennett


The Flanders peloton suffered an unscheduled pause once they have been held up by a practice arriving at a degree crossing.

The riders have been compelled to face and wait till it was protected to proceed, with some being just a little too eager to set off once more and forcing their method via the protection line held out by race officers.

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Nonetheless it was a lucky piece of timing for one rider specifically, with Edvald Boasson Hagen launching a lone assault off the entrance of the bunch simply moments earlier than reaching the extent crossing, and simply making it throughout earlier than the obstacles got here down.

Tour of Flanders peloton held up at a degree crossing

“Edvald’s bought via. What an ideal transfer that was,” joked Adam Blythe on commentary.” He couldn’t have timed his assault higher most likely.”

Though the incident is not fully exceptional in skilled racing, the riders forcing their method via the tape early was disappointing to see, with Dan Lloyd saying:

“They need to have been ready for the jury to take the tape up earlier than setting off, however once more it reveals the desperation that units in at this level of the race. When this occurs at this level in a race, everyone’s strolling up the facet on the grass making an attempt to get themselves in direction of the entrance.”

And Blythe gave just a little little bit of perception (maybe a bit an excessive amount of perception) into what it is like being a rider in such a scenario.

“It occurred to me a number of instances the place you attempt to pressure your approach to the entrance,” Blythe stated.

You may’t actually cease for a wee at this level throughout a race as a result of it’s an essential time and infrequently individuals really want the bathroom, so I’ve had individuals simply form of doing a wee in the course of the street and in the course of the bunch stood ready for the practice to return.

“It’s not a pleasing place to be.”

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