Rowe fifth in Flanders

On a day of high drama in Belgium, Team Sky’s Luke Rowe, aboard his fi’zi:k Arione R1 saddle, yesterday rode to a fine fifth place at the 100th edition of the Tour of Flanders, giving Team Sky their best result to date in the Belgian Monument.

Though Team Sky didn’t deliver victory, the British team was well represented throughout the 255km Classic, the most significant move coming from Michal Kwiatkowski (fi’zi:k saddles) with around 32km to go. The Pole accelerated to leave most of the peloton chasing his shadow – though not Peter Sagan and Sep Vanmarcke.

Ultimately, Sagan would pull away from Kwiatkowski on the Oude Kwaremont and the Paterberg to take a superb solo victory, 25 seconds ahead of Fabian Cancellara.

Not far behind, the third group featured Rowe and teammate Geraint Thomas (fi’zi:k R1B Uomo shoes), Thomas hauling himself up from an early crash to finish 12th. But it was Rowe who grabbed the Team Sky headlines. ‘As a team we rode pretty well today,’ Rowe said after the race. ‘We were always at the front and we said we’d try and put a man in every move after the Koppenberg and I think we did that. On a personal level I’m obviously pretty chuffed.’

Special mention must also go to fi’zi:k riders Dylan Van Baarle (Cannondale Pro Cycling, fi’zi:k R3B Uomo) and Imanol Erviti (Movistar) who finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Elsewhere in Europe, Orica-GreenEDGE’s Michael Matthews (fi’zi:k Antares 00) took his third victory of the season at the Vuelta a la Rioja, while fi’zi:k riders dominated the podium at Saturday’s GP Miguel Indurain. Jon Izaguirre (Movistar and fi’zi:k Aliante) grabbed the win with Team Sky’s Sergio Henao (fi’zi:k Antares R3) second and Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling and fi’zi:k) third.