(All photo’s courtesy of Nathalie Feys Ostend Belgium The Tour of East Flanders ( UCI 2.13 IC2 Nat U/23) is regarded as the toughest stage race in Belgium for International U/23’s (including neo pro’s) with 5 days of grueling battles in and around the country site and villages of East Flanders (home of the famous Tour the Flanders hills). Needless to say I am very pleased to see some of my poulains racing in it this year. John Buller as BP graduate and racing for the http://www.wielerploeg-molenspurters.be/and Marc Heaney as support bursary holder and racing for www.asfraracing.beThe first stage yesterday was 141km long and was a kermesse like stage with 13 x 11km to be contested by 146 riders. Marc finished 16th sprinting with the bunch for 8th place, 13 seconds down on the winner Stan Dewulf from Lotto-Soudal. John was in the same bunch around the 100th place and same time as Marc. So all to play for today..Both riders had some health issues earlier this summer and both showing signs of full recovery. Interclub races like this attract the media big time, TV crews included. Scouts from top teams always present to watch some riders and showing yourself in a positive way will be noted. We wish them both a safe and successful week and we at the project will keep an eye on things to..a big thank you to Nathalie Feys for the photo’s.