Yes, that is correct. Today marks the end of the CX season. The last race of the GVA trophy in Oostmalle is the final race of consequence, so for the very final time, I give you:
De cross gaat door. Except that it doesn't after today.
Sunday, 20 February: Oostmalle - GVA
Oostmalle brings a smile to my face. Last year, Klaas VT sprinted as fast he could to beat the group he was in. He did it. He reached the finish line before the others... with a lap to go. I'm amused by that, I admit it. I'm a simple girl. It wasn't the only thing that went wrong for Klaas though, 'cause with about half a lap to go KVT crashed and hit a pole, quite spectacularly (and painfully too, I imagine). It's in a forest again, this one, with some very nasty bumps in the road. Well, when I say road... There are sandy bits too, which turn ugly and unmanageable when wet.
There's been some rain but not too much, so I don't know what the grounds are like today. What I do know is that the ranking is very exciting still.
1. Sven Nys 150
2. Kevin Pauwels 148
3. Zdenek Stybar (Tsj) 138
4. Niels Albert 116
5. Bart Wellens 113
6. Klaas Vantornout 108
7. Tom Meeusen 75
8. Bart Aernouts 71
9. Rob Peeters 65
10. Enrico Franzoi (Ita) 59
Points available today:
25-22-19-17-16-15-14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2 and 1 point, plus 3-2-1 at the intermediate sprint.
So, who will it be: Nys, Yoah or - slightly less likely - Styby? Come find out at 15h CET!