Fabian Cancellara took the top spot, crossing the finish alone.
After watching him bring the meat-rack and diesel it up proper, I will hereafter attempt to refer to him only as either C-Store or Big Oil for the balance of 2011. Just because I can.
Dude brings it like a full display of Slim Jims and a big bag of chips. With the dip. God damn right.
Why “Big Oil”? Well, if this picture of a gas truck doesn’t bring to mind what the backside of a rapidly disappearing Fabian Cancellara might have looked like to the boys who ended up racing for second today, I don’t know what would. A big, huge draft behind a frigg’n diesel rig that you just cannot seem to hold on to. Yep. Must have been fun. They will undoubtedly tell their children about it.
There were some great lines from the Cyclingnews.com live feed this morning:
15:18 GMT (17km remaining from 222km)
Incredible scenes. Cancellara came through to do a turn and pulled so hard that Tankink simply had to sit up. It seems as though he suffered a cramp.
Cancellara is free and clear now with 16km to go and a sizeable gap.
Haussler is trying to bridge with Tankink for company, but it’s a big, big ask now.
15:21 GMT (14km remaining from 222km)
Cancellara is just cruising to the win here. He already has 30 seconds on the chasers, and barring a miracle, they won’t see him before he crosses the line in Harelbeke.
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Cancellara has already said he will not race again before the Tour of Flanders. He doesn’t need to. His form is already amazing.
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15:35 GMT (2km remaining from 222km)
Cancellara is wearing number one as last year’s winner. He’ll also be wearing number one at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
He pretty much can do whatever he wants. Impressive to say the least.
C-Store Spartacus Big Oil cometh. (Note: I’ve apparently already violated my own aforementioned new rule regarding how I would refer to the Artist Formerly Known as Spartacus. It didn’t last five minutes.)
Update: Video now showing up on Youtube. Embedded below.by