In an outcome I neither expected nor anticpated, Nick Nuyens took the 2011 Tour of Flanders (or, the Ronde van Vlaanderen, if you prefer the Dutch).
Good on ya, son. You earned that one.
Nuyens on the Kapelmuur:
I was coming of my skin for Gilbert after his attack on the Bosberg. He’s a Walloon, and hard as coffin nails. You can read about Gilbert’s brush with glory here: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/a-very-different-tour-of-flanders-to-last-year-says-gilbert.
More over at websites that actually pay people to write about this shit (as compared to the rest of us professional hacks with mountains of other work, paying and otherwise, stacked upon our desks so much like post-tsunami detris):
Next weekend is going to be insane. In-fucking-sane.
A few things you may be interested in reading regarding the 2011 Paris-Roubaix (if you have not already done so):by