Lutsenko: Dwars door Vlaanderen podium gives me confidence for Flanders

When the decisive four-man group at Dwars door Vlaanderen formed on the Paterberg, it contained two rainbow jersey winners from the 2012 World Championships in Valkenburg. Philippe Gilbert, winner of the elite road race that day, was key to shredding the lead group, with the winner of the U23 title, Alexey Lutsenko, one of only three riders able to stay in touch.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.