They came, they rode, Terpstra conquered – it was the 2018 Ronde van Vlaanderen. It was divided opinions about the new champion; the world champion weighed in; a future champion was born; the pay gap was enormous – and Captain Kirk forgives no man. That and much much more in the Ronde edition of TWEETS OF THE WEEEEEEEEEK!
The twists and turns of this season just keep coming. Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) took the biggest win of her career – and became the first American to win Ronde Van Vlaanderen – by being part of a chase group that caught the break in the final kilometre to set up a tight bunch sprint for the line. And Belgian national champion Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step Floors) did the opposite – finding himself with a gap on the crest of the Oude Kwaremont 55km from the finish, he set out on an impossible dream that led to the reality of one of the most thrilling solo wins in the race’s history.
The Ronde van Vlaanderen never fails to satisfy cobbled classics fans and today’s 100th edition was no exception. In the end, it was finally a double rainbow with both world champions winning their respective races: Lizzie Armitstead winning in a photo-finish sprint for the line in the women’s edition and Peter Sagan monstering his way to the finish solo, fending off the chase from Fabian Cancellara and Sep Vanmarcke. Continue reading