1 start + 5 laps, 32km, 1.47h
8th place, 2.20min behind winner José Hermida
It was tire chaos before the start! After the women's race it looked like we are going to have perfect dry conditions, since the course dried out from the earlier morning showers. Unfortunately it started to rain again, just in time, 45min before our start. That put all the mechanics under big pressure! Our 3 boys handled it perfectly, and I got my Sauserwind. 1.8 on my super light carbon wheels right in time!
I must say I have no idea what other tire I would liked to have out there. It is the perfect tire for any kind of conditions. Good rolling, self cleaning, amazing grip and light. I think I have never seen so many different tire setups before a race. From the biggest knobby spikes to dry condition setups...!
I had to start in 4th row. Not good for me, especially when Jaroslav crashed right in front at the start line. I am already not famous for very fast starts, so misfortune like that put me even more off, and I found myself already 2min behind the leaders coming through after the start lap. Luckily my moral stayed very well, since I could pass riders after riders. Finally I was pretty happy with my 8th place, especially I hardly did not lose any more time after the start loop any more.
I am now ranked 13th overall, and will start second row, in three weeks at the German's world cup.
Team dinner at the local Chouffe brewery was really cool! There is nothing better then Belgium beer, plus sharing it with the entire team is awesome fun!