Le Samyn des Dames 2018

After thinking the weekend was cold, today reset the benchmark on what a cold race is really like! At the start it was -5°C (23°F for American’s) add in the wind and it felt much colder. One of camera’s didn’t like it either. It started ‘glitching’, I had to take it inside for a while to defrost.

Looking down the start list this morning, I found my new favourite team, based on their name alone. ‘Loving Potatoes Team’ was a mix of Sunweb and a few Dutch riders. I was hoping their jersey would have a fries pattern or maybe a jacket potato but sadly the Sunweb riders wore their regular team kit.

Next up it’s a really big one! Strade Bianche is this Saturday!

These must be Marcella Toldi’s!

A very cold start.

Number 1.

Strong winds to go along with the low temperatures.

Janneke Ensing has a leisurely start to the race. Beginning well after the main peloton has departed.

The peloton approach.

Floortje Mackaij on the cobbled climb.

Not sure the dog approves of the race passing through his village.

Floortje Mackaij leads the peloton up the cobbled climb for a second time.

Janneke Ensing has time to savour the victory.

Splattered helmet of the race winner, Janneke Ensing.

 

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