A hard and fast turn was expected in Tabor. But the thaw and the heavy rain have blown that course forecast to pieces.
Co-commentator Paul Herygers had one surprise after another when he set out to reconnoitre for the mixed relay this morning.
“It is thawing, but I am surprised that the surface under the layer of mud is still so bone-hard. That is not normal.”
“A week ago it must have frozen to -10 °C here. That cannot be otherwise,” says the weatherman in Paul Herygers.
The unexpected nature of the course has its consequences. “There are still real hard tracks, which makes the course very technical.”
And that is less grist for the mill of the super favorite. “As the lap stands now, I don’t think it is Mathieu van der Poel’s favorite course.”
“But in two days it will be a completely different story (because the course during a World Cup changes from day to day).”
Herygers’ connoisseur’s eye notices another key point: the beams.
“Anyone who can jump over the beams has a big step ahead,” Herygers notes.
“It is very difficult to get going again after running. If you can maintain speed by jumping, you have a big advantage.”