Ine’s race: Gent-Wevelgem

Yes! It’s time. The Holy Week. With a capital letter, yes. Gent-Wevelgem heralds the arrival of ‘Flanders Most Beautiful’. A few more sleeps and we can go again! Enjoying the course of races, the Tour of Flanders.

But first Gent-Wevelgem. And it immediately promised spectacle. Icy cold, wind and rain. Flandrien weather. Or Flandrienne weather. Even better. At times like these I’m glad I left cycling behind. Because honestly: no one likes starting in the rain. If you go from the bus to the team presentation and then re-enter the bus, you will be soaked. And then the game has yet to start. Cozy is different.

Put on an extra jacket and off you go! And those extra jackets make it even more difficult for us as commentators. Because that way, of course, the back numbers remain covered. And back numbers simply ensure that we can quickly recognize riders. Fortunately, every rider has her own style and you can often see from afar who is on the move. It takes some knowledge and experience, though.

Lotte Kopecky caused a furore on the Kemmelberg, but in the end it was her teammate Marlen Reusser who was the smartest. After a solo of 40 kilometers, she passed our commentary booth and crossed the finish line first. A grand lady, literally and figuratively. She is not only a professional cyclist, but also a doctor by training. She is politically active, has strong views on the environment and has been a vegetarian for years. A woman with an opinion. We’d like to. It is wholeheartedly awarded to her, that victory.

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