It is the second time that Suzanne de Goede has won the Women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, earlier Omloop Het Volk. In the end their was a group of 32 women and she won ahead of Noemi Cantele (Bigla Cycling Team) and Kelly Druyts (Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team). Suzanne de Goede rides for Equipe Nürnberger and comes from the Netherlands (not Germany as I was told in the beginning).
Italian Noemi Cantele finished second but she, of course, had a wish of winning and she did indeed try to get away for the win after the climb. "I tried to attack with two other riders after the Molenberg but behind they chased us. The finish is hard so I decided to wait - I was the only one from my team in the break, so I couldn't do anything in the last 20 km." But she could finish second anyway, so she didn't lose too much energy during the attack.
Now I am really tired and it's time to sleep. Sleep tight and see you tomorrow when the Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne is run. It will be an emotional race for some of the riders as Frederiek Nolf lived in Kuurne. They will stop in front of his house in honour for the rider who passed away during the Tour of Qatar. After paying their respects the riders will continue the race and it won't be an easy day for the cyclists, that's for sure. Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne is not an easy race.
Today's most important race was the semi-classic Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Thor Hushovd took the victory with Kevyn Ista of Agritubel and Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank) surrounding him at the podium. They caught two escapees, Sebastian Langeveld (Rabobank) and Heinrich Haussler (Cervélo), with only a few hundred metres to go, so it became a sprint victory. Haussler is Thor Hushovd's team mate and the victory surprised Hushovd. "This is unexpected, I thought Haussler would have it," he said. "I thought he and Langeveld had all the chances to sprint for victory." But they were caught. "In the end, all I had to do was sprint."
Langeveld who had been in a break-away for long time was part of an accident in the end as he wished to get out of the way. He moved to the left side of the road, and accidently blocking Filippo Pozzato (Katusha), who was at full speed, contesting for victory. Pozzato went down and blocked Tom Boonen. Boonen almost went down but was lucky enough not. "On the other hand, I felt really strong and I could have been on the podium. I was in Hushovd's wheel when the crash happened. I lost 30 metres and I had to re-start my sprint." Also Tomas Vaitkus and Gerald Ciolek went down. Vaitkus hurted his small finger on his left hand as it was pretty bloody. Alexandre Blain (Cofidis) also went down.
"I crashed on the Paddestraat. I was comfortably riding in the middle of the road when another rider was trying to get back into the middle and cut in front of me."
Neo-pro Guillaume Blot had an interesting day and I think it was a pretty good start of his career, to suffer. "I had to change my bike three times," he said. "I still don't have the physique for those races and I simply hit the wall. I will be going to bed a bit disappointed tonight." He was in a breakaway during the beginning of the race together with David Boucher (Landbouwkrediet), Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Cofidis), Jean Zen (Palmans) and Wim De Vocht (Vacansoleil). Four other riders Steven Caethoven (Agritubel), Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank), Aleksandr Kuschynski (Liquigas) and Björn Thurau (Elk Haus) tried to catch the front group but they ended up getting disqualified as the four went through a closed railroad crossing. You may remember when the same thing happened at the Paris-Roubaix a couple of years ago, that was a mess and it's always sad when people get disqualified. "The lights had just started blinking. There was a bit of a dip beforehand and we were going 60 km/h. If you want to crash, yeah, then maybe you could stop." Björn Thurau said.
In the end Hushovd became the winner and that's great. I like him, and not only because I'm Swedish.
Daniele Bennati became the winner of Giro di Sardegna as he won the race ahead of Oscar Gatto and Alessandro Ballan. Bennati also finished second at the stage and therefore secured the victory. Alessandro Petacchi won the stage and therefore managed to add his name to the Tour of Sardinia's stage winners list. Petacchi has had a great race, but he has failed, until now, to take a victory. Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli's Manuel Belletti was third.