Holy Week’s mid-week tune-up is the wild card of the week. Often times the springs biggest stars opt to skip Wednesday’s Dwars door Vlaanderen, leaving the door open for some of the Classics lesser-known names to take on leadership roles and embrace opportunities on offer as the race unfolds over the cobbles and bergs that pepper the second half of the 182-kilometer route.
This year was no exception. Most of the Flanders favorites were missing from the startlist of the 74th Dwars door Vlaanderern. EF Education First Pro Cycling started without , who remained sidelined with injuries sustained from Sep Vanmarckehis E3 Harelbeke crash.
Taylor Phinney, who returned to racing on Wednesday, described the race best in this Instagram caption: “Mechanical took me out of the race today about 50k m to go. Body feels good otherwise. I think we all won Darwin awards during our mid=-race “neutral”—felt like a post apocalyptic RyanAir queue; all in the name of Glory. Perhaps we can rename it the Daarwin Aawards Door Vlaanderen.”