No race should be held in such conditions2015-03-30
Unlike the week before, I had a terrible weekend. First I crashed and bruised my knee and hip in the E§ Prijs and then this slaughter in Gent-Wevelgem.
A race like that actually should not be held. Other sports cancel because of wind. It was not responsible of the organizer. When you finish well, perhaps you don’t see it that way. But i find that more decisions must be made in the interest of the athlete. When the weather conditions don’t allow it, the race should not be held. The TV broadcast had not started as the weather was at its worst. It was like a battlefield. You had to brace yourself against the wind, rode at a title and if you lost the contact to the road at all, like at a pothole, then you were blown away, shot right across the street through the field, taking some of them with you.
The race could have been neutralized at least on the open fields, where the wind was hardest. Ahead was a group of 30 to 40. 25 of them crashed.
I have never before faced a race with conditions like that and such a strong wind. You invest so many hours, so much concentration and strength in the preparations and then two weeks before Flanders and Roubaix have to ride a race like that, in which you can lose half a season to a crash. Crashes are part of cycling, of course. But not when they can be avoided. I really feel sorry for everyone who crashed this weekend or was injured.
I am not looking for excuses for why I wasn’t near the front. I was affected by my bruised knee and hip from the crash. But I simply wanted not to crash again, rode in the wind more often in order to not have anyone around me, and then at some point your tank is empty. And then shortly before the Kemmelberg, I had a rear puncture. Then it was all over.
And then my train had a two-hour delay. A weekend to forget. Check it off and look forward. I will now try to lick my wounds and recover.