tonydeebo @dnlbenson Do you think it's purely down to confidence riders seem to do well at the same races annually? Thinking of Flecha yesterday?
That's a good question. There are riders, especially Belgians, who love these roads, they train on them and it's the biggest day or weekend for them in the year. Looking at Flecha, he was the only established big hitter - no disrespect to Langeveld - to make the selection yesterday. Cancellara was in the press saying that if you're in form now then you've peaked too soon but Flecha was the defending champion and the race and conditions suited him.
I saw him at the Sky camp in January and he looked really strong, and really lean but he's the type of rider that can hold and maintain form for a decent amount of time.