On the 21st February I left for Belgium, more specifically Oudenaarde. This was also the day the team presentation was supposed to take place, however after arriving in Oudenaarde and having a coffee at the Tour of Flanders museum just by chance we bumped into the legend that is Freddy Maertens who informed us that the presentation had to be postponed due to a delay with the kit. This left a week until the first race of the season and that race would be Gent-Staden. Bit of a false start really with the weather playing the biggest part. Cold, wet and windy....a weather front had hit Belgium! Caused much chaos with crashes, apparently usual in this race anyway, but this year the wind was literally blowing riders into each other and those left standing were extremely cold by Staden. Needless to say not many finished the race.....I think 5 went the full distance. It was definately a case of ‘On to the next one’!