Omloop van het Hageland 2018

You know when you eat ice cream too quickly and get ‘brain freeze’. That throbbing pain that bores into your brain behind your eyes and there’s nothing you can do but ride it out. That’s what Omloop van het Hageland was like, without the pleasure of tasting chocolate chip and vanilla. I’ve never known it feel so cold at a race. The temperature barely got above freezing point but adding in the wind chill made it feel so much colder. As a result of the conditions rider’s didn’t really come out to play until the last possible moment so there weren’t many opportunities for pre-race photos. The hours leading up to the race was mostly team staff and myself bitching about how cold it was!

Congrats to Ellen on her solo win! I seem to remember she tried a similar late solo move a few years ago at Hageland that didn’t quite stick but it definitely worked today!

No racing tomorrow. Tuesday at Le Samyn des Dames is the next time I’ll be out braving the elements before the big one on Saturday: Strade Bianche!

World Champion wheels.

Finding shelter in the changing rooms.

Amanda Spratt goes in search of warmth.

Boels Dolmans set the pace in the early stages.

Amanda Spratt across the cobbles.

Emilie Moberg gulping in that cold air.

The peloton weave through the trees.

Anyone for an ice bath?

Marjolein van ‘t Geloof in the break.

Amanda Spratt leads the chase of the escapees.

Sarah Roy follows in Jelena Eric’s wheel going into the final lap.

You can stop sprinting now Ellen, you’ve done it!

Cold, hard day done for Christina Siggaard.

Top three: Ellen van Dijk, Chloe Hosking & Jolien D’hoore.

 

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