The Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne race may have ended and although victory was well deserved for Bobbie Traksel, the runner up, Rick Flens was quite pleased over his own triumphant finish.
Flens admitted that Traksel is certainly someone who excels in sprint. On the other hand, Flens shines on time trials as he won the 2007 Post Danmark Rundt.
The challenge the recent race provided Flens his personalized time trial due to the fighting rains and winds. He noted, “It’s hard for everybody. I’m powerfully built. There’s a lot of oxygen in the air and I like that.”
Flens rode with Traksel soon after overcoming the Oude Kwaremont. Flens took the chance to accelerate when he noticed that nobody followed him after the Oude Kwaremont. For him, it was a decisive burst of energy that played well to his advantage.
During the time he was up in front, the breakaway was nearly overrun by a larger group that included Cervelo TestTeam’s Thor Hushovd but Flens did not allow panic to set in and remained calm, disregarding the cyclists who might have joined him in the lead.
The results of the finish line proved to be Flens’ reward as it is understood that the strongest of them all will be the ones who would bring home the glory.