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Greetings from Belgium!!!(6 posts)

Greetings from Belgium!!!rollo tommassi
Apr 8, 2002 2:35 AM
Dear RBR-ers!
I amhaving aBLAST in Brugge, wish you were all here. Woke up yesterday already able to hear the crowds gathering for the start of the Tour of Flanders - our hotel is only two blocks away. We shared an elevator ride to the lobby with a very fit looking man in a suit, and we asked him if he worked for the race. "Yes, I am with a bank who is a sponsor" "Ah- Rabobank?" "Yes, yes" "You look like you used to race?" "Yes, yes, for over twenty years I raced professionally.."(At this point, I am trying to figure out who this is!) "Uh..." my companion said at last, "And what is your name?" "Van der Poel" (ARGH!!!!)

So, moment of embarassement over, we wished his team luck.

The market square where the race begins is completely PACKED with people, and the carnival atmosphere is alive. Riders arrive to sign in, the biggest cheers for Museeuw, Cipollini, and Armstrong. The race starts, and then the square is empty and all the cafes are packed! We took the train to a friends house to gorge ourselves on four hours of live, uninterrupted television. It was a great race,and quite a nail-biter at the end.

So, Wednesday is Gent-Wevelgem, so I hope to send you my impressions later on.

Until then, I hope you all are having good rides, as all I'm doing is eating frites, waffles, and drinking way too much coffee!!!
you lucky dogcyclopathic
Apr 8, 2002 5:49 AM
don't forget Mayo on your fries 8-P
and keep us posted :)
I'll give $200 for Museuuw' s bar tape...nmDjudd
Apr 8, 2002 8:16 AM
You're ON!rollo tommassi
Apr 9, 2002 4:19 AM
Be careful what you ask for....I know his mechanic....I watched the race at his house....
very cool; what was the result, btw? nmRideLots
Apr 8, 2002 8:08 AM
very cool; what was the result, btw? nmTroyboy
Apr 8, 2002 8:42 AM
Go see www.eurosport.com for all euro cycling stuff. Tafi won.