My Belgian beer fund is safe for this year. Stijn Devolder, a former Disco rider now racing for Boonen’s Quick Step squad, soloed off the front of the race with 25km to go and stayed away. Strong riding. The Belgian national champion livery Devolder is wearing is pretty cool too. If it had come back together, Boonen had shown how strong he was by riding everyone but Devolder and Flecha off his wheel on the dread Koppenberg climb.
Next up Paris-Roubaix, offering more cobbles and wind and less climbing. American George Hincapie is looking good with his fifth place at the Ronde.
Most Americans follow and are beginning to get the Tour de France, but this really is my most favorite part of the Euro racing season.