up by a big smirk.
What to expect on Sunday
On my way to the Discovery Channel Team?s
Center today I was driven by a staff member up the final two climbs of Sunday?s race. The first of the final two climbs begins at 242km ( 149 miles ) into the race and if racing your bike that far doesn?t scare or hurt you, then the climbs of the Muur and the Bosberg will surely do it. These are not just ordinary climbs either. These are steep, cobbled, narrow climbs that are slippery on the driest of days and will loosen your fillings. Take today for example when Eki decided to venture over to Sunday's Koppenberg climb, solo (because he?s Russian and tough), to see what the cobbles looked like this year. Upon returning to the hotel he explained to the guys while they ate lunch, ?I got up about half way the first time before slipping. Then I went back down an up a second time and, oh man, I almost made it, but 10 meters from the top I had to put my foot down. After that I just walked my bike the rest of the way.? And this was on a day when Eki said the cobbles were completely clean. Yikes!! Regardless of the outcome of Sunday?s race you can rest assured that the Discovery Channel Team is ready for battle, and all the challenges that the narrow, cobbled roads of
Belgium will bring.