Fridays are typically quieter than the rest of the blogosphere week, a strange arrangement for us at Podium Cafe since it's usually the day before one race of consequence or another. Which makes the silence at VeloNews regarding Paris-Nice all the more odd. For the record, as of this posting we're still the only ones previewing Paris-Nice, unless you count CN's writeup on T-Mobile's youngsters, something reader Sarah covered already in the preview comment thread.
Jose Ivan Gutierrez took today's TT at Murcia, with Vino close behind and most of the other big names dropping back a bit. Not to be overlooked in fifth, after a near miss in yesterday's sprint and a good TT today, is the holder of Cycling's most threatening name, Angel Vicioso.
Three Days of West Flanders got rolling today with Quick-Step's Francesco Cicci taking the win over Unibet's Jeremy Hunt and German champ Gerald Ciolek, in his second week as a professional. Pippo Pozzato once again was hanging around for the setup, showing once again that the toughest part about winning at Q-S is getting past your own teammates.