The Colosseum was used by the emperors to show off their power, wealth and to support their popularity. The show was usually held for more than one day and it included comical acts, displays of exotic animals and fights to the death
between animals. The games really bagan when the gladiators came out to play.
Paris-Nice was a good opening act. The metal on metal sound you hear are the gladiators sharmening their sworda for their epic battle that begins with the Ronde van Vlaanderen or the Tour of Flanders. The spring season of cycling does not begin until the first wheel touches the first belgian cobble. My wife has already locked up my credit cards because if left unattended, I will be on the phone with Rosetta Stone buying their Duch/Flemish program.
The protagonists are set. Most are focusing on the top gladiator, Fabian Cancellara. Others are wondering if the formet top gladiator, Tom Boonen, has anything left in his sword. I have to agree that until someone comes up through the ranks, these two veterans of the Colosseum are the two to beat. Wisdom and strength are both needed this week.
The course profile is the typical Flemish saw-tooth profile that will sap the strong yet foolinh leaving those who parse their energy standing for the final battle.