Lille wasn't so fun yesterday, but hopefully this will make up for it.
What GS said:
Three bridges, one staircase and some beams: that usually means we're racing on grass and need some additional obstacles to keep things somewhat interesting. There's not too much setting this race apart from the rest, but it's the penultimate Superprestige race and so far it's a mighty exciting overall. So there's that.
The overall is indeed exciting.
Mathieu Van der Poel leads on 77 points (15 points for the winner, 14 for second place, etc., down to 15th place), Kevin Pauwels is in second, one point behind, and Lars Van der Haar is in third place, two points down. So, for example, a podium of:
- Van der Haar
- Van der Poel
would leave them tied going into the final race in Middelkerke.
The conditions seem to be quite heavy, as far as I can ascertain from tweets. The map is very confusing, and not particularly informative.
Nys tends to win here, he has won the last two editions, with the last guy to beat him here Tom Meeusen.
Mens' Favourites: Van der Poel, Van Aert, Van der Haar, Nys and Pauwels, probably in that order. Meeusen and Vantornout seem out of form, outsiders include Bastaens and Bosmans.
As expected, Sanne Cant won the unfortunately not televised womens' race. Helen Wyman came in second, with Jolien Verschueren in third.
The stream, as all SuperPrestiges are, in on vier.be
That's all there is to say really. Enjoy!