Dwars door Vlaanderen 2018

How often do the weather conditions have to be crap before you stop mentioning them in race blogs? Let’s just say if the conditions carry on much longer in Belgium I’m going to start building an ark!

Today didn’t quite go to plan, I’d driven the final 100km on Monday, checking out spots for photos and short cuts. Turns out I should have done the whole course. My planned first short-cut was closed for road works which left us stuck behind the peloton. With the conditions and multiple crashes on seemingly innocuous roads in the early kilometres there was no way we were going to pass the peloton. It was going to be one of those days.

Sunweb definitely seemed to want this one and had the numbers in the groups as the race started to split up on the climbs in the second half of the race. Congrats Ellen!

Next up is the REALLY big one! Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Boels Dolmans Mechanic, Richie Steege unloads bikes from the team bus.

Floortje Mackaij always starts in the same spot at Dwars door Vlaanderen. How do you always get the same spot every year?!

Anna Plichta makes her way through the sea of umbrellas.

“Live Your Dream” banner doesn’t really apply on a day like today! 🙂 Grace Garner looks for her teammates after sign on.

Sheltering from the rain.

Julia Soek leads the peloton in the early stages.

Gloria Rodriguez in a solo move.

Ellen van Dijk surrounded by her teammates on the front.

Annemiek van Vleuten leads the escapees up Côte de Trieu.

Ellen van Dijk follows not far behind.

Emma Norsgaard Jorgensen battles through the rain.

Kasia Niewiadoma across the Varentstraat cobbles.

Gracie Elvin tries to bring Sarah Roy back to the front across the cobbles.

Waiting for a bike race. Look the other way! 

Malgorzata Jasinska in the decisive break.

Ellen van Dijk wins with a late solo move.

Alba Teruel takes in the events of the day.

Welcome back Gaby! Gabrielle Pilote Fortin chats to a teammate after the race.

Podium fun for Ellen van Dijk.

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