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.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.