That was quite the week of racing in Europe, but how are you supposed to choose between this lot,
90th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spa, PT) March 22-28 – Spain
Settimana Ciclista Internazionale (Ita, 2.1) March 23-27 – Italy
65th Dwars door Vlaanderen (Bel, 1.1) March 24 – Belgium
79th Critérium International (Fra, 2.HC) March 27-29 – Corsica, France
53rd E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (Bel, 1.HC) March 27 – Harelbeke, Belgium
72nd Ghent-Wevelgem (Bel, PT) March 28 – Ghent, Belgium
With the politics that go on around race ownership, what races you show up at, who you bring to said race, and if you will be competitive when you start (using Tirreno-Adriatico as a training ride seems somewhat extravagant), and all of this determining if you get a spot on the big $$$ tours, which all of your sponsors want you at, which determines if you even have a sponsor or team next year (wouldn’t like to be Bjarne Riis right now)…the job of Director Sportif does not sound very appealing. I started having visions of Russell Downing showing up at E3 Prijs Vlaanderen by himself as Team Sky. But lucky for him someone at Sky figured it out. Get him into Critérium International for the second day, as it pretty much resembles a British style race, and boom he takes a brilliant sprint. Great to see him take his chance. A long way from a very wet St Patrick’s hill in Cork last “summer”. Nice one Russ.