Kyiv cyclist spotted training “surrounded by tanks” (+ Strava activities); the Rwanda Mega Tour crowds; Van Vleuten and Van Aert fly the opening weekend; Damage resistant mounts; Drum & Bass on the bike; Storage of snacks; Weekend recap and more on the live blog

HUGE crowds in Rwanda once again for the cycling tour of the country. Mark the 2025 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in your diary… they are heading to the African country, the first time in the history of the event they will be organized on the continent…

A little closer to home, it was the opening weekend – the double header of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Annemiek van Vleuten did what Annemiek van Vleuten does, and Wout van Aert did what Wout van Aert does, both winning Omloop crowns in stunning fashion. Can anyone beat them?

There was only one men’s edition of Kuurne, won by Fabio Jakobsen, who broke the hearts of the escapees by beating Christophe Laporte, Taco van der Hoorn and Jhonatan Narváez in the last meters.

Caleb Ewan finished second and sent a warning message to rivals Milan-San Remo, saying he felt “really comfortable on all the climbs”.

Dutch sprinter Jakobsen expressed his sympathy to the Ukrainian people after his victory: “My spirit and my prayers go out to the people in Ukraine and in Eastern Europe.

“Here it’s 25 year old guys fighting on a bike to win and there it’s 25 year old guys like me fighting for freedom and their lives. It’s not a great time there- down and here, we appreciate that, but my mind is out there and that puts things into perspective.”

Ukrainian rider Mark Padun took a popular victory in the Gran Camiño time trial stage, a race ultimately won by Alejandro Valverde.

In the virtual world, Jay Vine and Loes Adegeest were crowned eSports World Champions, winning their digital rainbow jerseys on Zwift.

Aaa and breathe…

Wiley C. Thompson