Welcome back race fans, to the second Yorkshire v Flanders Classic. After fireworks from the off at round one, cycling fans around the world were salivating at the prospect of a send bite of the virtual apple. Team Flanders dominated the first round, with not only an all yellow and black podium, but fourth place too, just for good measure. Andy Robinson came in a close 5th to save some blushes for the Yorkshire team, but it was clear they had been outclassed. You can read the full race report here.
However, week two was a new race, and the Yorkshire team would not be caught napping again. Or would they? Stepping down from the team buses before the race started, it was remarkable how many more fans had come along to Harrogate to watch the phenomenal racing and spot their favourite riders. The largest crowd was of course outside the Yorkshire team bus, fans young and old hoping to catch a glimpse of 'Smash Hits' magazine recently voted 'hottest cyclist in the peloton' Jonny 'The Whisper' Secrett. They would of course be disappointed. Everybody knows that The Whisper always takes a helicopter to the start line.
Eyes were also on last week's breakaway winner. Jo Pirotte of Team Flanders was truly in a class of his own, capitalising on a perfectly set up move by his Flandrien team mates, to skip away to the line in the best example of social distancing we've seen to date. Thomas De Gendt tweeted later that night that he almost thought he was watching footage of himself. It was a dominant display by the Flemish, and one that Team Yorkshire could only marvel at.