It started so calmly. It was a beautiful, warm spring day, the whole of Belgium was out by the roadside and conditions were perfect for E3 Harelbeke‘s first year as a WorldTour race. Odds were on Fabian Cancellara to make it a hat-trick but everyone wanted to see what kind of form Tom Boonen was in on the run-up to Ronde van Vlaanderen. Well, we found out.
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The Criterium International is a rather bizarre affair, running over the course of the weekend but featuring three stages, with a time trial running alongside a 90km stage on Saturday. It’s quite a popular race, with some of cycling’s biggest names at present competing to win a title won by some of cycling’s biggest names of days gone by.
What kind of race is it?
This year sees the 81st running of the Criterium International, a race won in the past by the likes of Jacques Anquetil, Sean Kelly, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain and Laurent Fignon. However, look at its past winners and you’ll notice that prior to 1979 they were all French – that’s because it was only opened to foreign riders after that date.