Dwars door Vlaanderen: poor performance of the CCC team

The cyclist of the Saxo Bank team, Nick Nuyens became the winner of the classic cycle race Dwars door Vlaanderen of the 1.1 category. At the finishing line the Belgian beat Geraint Thomas from the Sky team and Tyler Farrar from Garmin-Cervelo.

There were 191 cyclists from 23 teams at the starting line of the classic race, most of them from Pro Tour teams. The cyclists had a route of 201 kilometres to ride, and one of the biggest obstacles along the route was the cobbled road stretches, mainly a few dozens kilometres before the finishing line.

The cyclists set a very quick pace during the race. There have been a lot of attacks, attempts to break away, escapes, but the most important events took place when the cobbled stretches started, which naturally divided the peloton. The team of Quick-Step started to work very hard, working for Tom Boonen, and it was supported by the team of Garmin-Cervelo. 20 kilometres before the finishing line Nuyens and Thomas attacked out of the group of favourites. They eliminated the group of the cyclists leading before, and started an attack, quickly approaching the finishing line.

The quickest one at the finishing line was Nuyens and he won the competition, defeating the British cyclist Thomas. TylerFarrar brought the peloton.
The team of CCC Polsat Polkowice took part in the race. It was not a successful race, though. Numerous defects along the route made them lose contact with the peloton, at the high speed of riding, and consequently they had to withdraw from the competition. Only Sylwester Janiszewski completed the race taking a distant place… How difficult the race was is reflected in the fact that only 117 cyclists completed the race.