Today the NXTG Racing team started the Classics season in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The day became everything you would expect from a Flemish Spring Classic: rain, hail, wind and incredibly difficult circumstances. Unfortunately, none of our riders managed to finish the race. Charlotte Kool left a really good impression in the first half of the race but had two crashes spoil her chances of a good result. Despite all that, she defines the Omloop as fantasic.
My first Omloop in one word? FANTASTIC! The atmosphere, the weather, the hills and cobbles were amazing. Before I crashed it was everything I ever dreamt of.
On the Molenberg I was positioned as sixth which made me really happy and confident. Then one rider dropped and I wanted to pass her but she made a sudden move and I crashed. The Molenberg is very steep and it was tough to get going again. I still felt good when I tried to ride back to the group but on the Paddenstraat cobbles I made a mistake and slipped away. That kind of mentally broke me.
I felt so great today that I am really looking forward to Spar Omloop van het Hageland. Time for a little revenge. I think it’s a race that could suit me.
Sports director also looks back this hard day.
Charlotte and Rozemarijn left a good impression but they had bad luck. When you are so young and have bad luck in a race like this, there is not much left. It was another important experience. This is one of the biggest races of the Spring. I hope everybody recovers well and tomorrow is another day.