Superprestige Round 3 – Hamme-Zogge – Ian Fields Race Report
Yesterday was round three of the Superprestige series at Hamme-Zogge. With super fast conditions the start was going to be cruical, with speeds so high moving up once the race was underway was going to be tough.
I got an awful start thanks to Niels Albert who in his own words ‘completely missed his start’. I was left in the early 30’s just sat in line desperately trying to move forward given an opportunity, a series of crashes ahead of me didn’t help my progress but I dug in to hold my group which was racing for 21st position, however over the last couple of laps as the group splintered and I was left having to jump round people and close gaps I didn’t have anything left for the final lap burn up which ensued. I ended the race in 26th position once again less than 3mins of the winner Sven Nys. I have said it a lot this season but once again another race shows how close things are this season and valuable seconds here and there are proving to be crucial in deciding the overall result and on this occasion it proved my downfall.
On a plus note I felt fast and strong and I am really looking forward to two more races next weekend, Saturday is the next round of the GVA series in Hasselt followed by Gavere Superprestige where in the past I have ridden really well to a couple of top 20 placings, I will obviously be looking for more of the same on my sort of course.[nggallery id=26]