Fabian Cancellara is the man.
zMud put a link up in the comment section earlier to the move of the day. It may be part of the same footage in the embedding video above. I can’t understand a word of what they are saying. I don’t have any idea what language they are speaking. But, at the same time, I can understand every word they are saying. Check it out in all its glory: Cancellara laat Boonen achter op de Muur.
The best written word to describe the moment that I’ve read tonight is this right here:
Having watched Flanders since the early 1990’s I can’t remember a more audacious piece of riding (maybe Tchmil going for broke after the Muur on his way to winning it). That was pure class – a 160 mile race decided in about 16 metres putting the Belgian champion to the sword on the Muur de Grammont in front of thousands of baying Belgians.
Another post in that same forum directed me to a post-race interview video with Cancellara. You want to know what that charm was Cancellara pulled out of his pocket was? A good luck charm, an Angel, given to him by his wife and daughter when he left Switzerland on Friday. Now that’s good stuff. See it here: sporza.be/permalink.
One last note, was Tyler Farrar’s fifth place on the day the second best American finish ever in the Rhonde? I think George Hincapie’s had a 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, and a 14th place since around 2000 (which is seriously impressive in it’s own right). Prior to that, I really don’t know if any American has done better than third.by