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by Caley Fretz
February 22, 2018
Photography by James Huang
In this week’s episode: The first cobbled classics of the season, a test for concussions, how the North American Handmade Bicycle Show predicts the future, and a sit-down with world champion Chantal Blaak.
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad kicks off the cobbled races this weekend, and it will feature the final 60km of the old Tour of Flanders course. That means the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg are back in a finale, together at last.
A new blood test can detect proteins released when someone has a head injury. Right now, there’s no sport-wide concussion protocol in place. Does such a blood test have a place in cycling? How could it be used? We speak with a team doctor and Trek-Segafredo pro Toms Skujins, who suffered a head injury last season.
Nerd Alert! James Huang just got back from NAHBS, a reliable predictor of the bikes we’ll be riding (and yearning for) in a few years. #NAHBSnerds
And finally, Anne-Marije Rook sits down with world road champion Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) for a wide-ranging interview.
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