2019 AG Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne

The thing I remember from last year’s race reports was the horrible conditions: strong winds and rain. We’ve had none of that yesterday, just a gentle Thursday, with plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. It was so ‘easy’, that the pace of the peloton almost 15 minutes faster than the advertised times in the road book. This meant that I was speeding from one spot to another, with barely enough time to pull out the cameras and find a good spot.

Spectators walk to the start

Elisa Longo-Borghini and Lotta Lepisto stop to chat with retired rider Emma Johansson

Christine Majerus signs an autograph before the start

The peloton approaches the only cobbled section of the race

Letizia Paternoster digs deep on the cobbled section

Lucinda Brand leans into a corner

Tanja Erath leads the peloton onto one of the many little canal crossings of the day

Amy Pieters and another bridge over the same canal

The peloton approaches De Panne for the first time

The peloton heads out for the final loop

Letizia Paternoster crosses the finish line

Kirsten Wild celebrates her win

Trek-Segafredo riders cool down

Three Virtu riders out of the six on the podium

As this was my first race of this season, it took me some time to  get back into the grove of the post-race photo editing, all those reflexes needed to be refreshed. After a long day, I headed back to the Eurotunnel terminal and I was pleasantly surprised that the morning chaos (ie. a ten mile lorry queue) more or less disappeared and I had an easy way home. Next up is Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, stay tuned for Sean’s great photos.

 

 

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