John’s Special Belgian Classic Photo Gallery Part 2

Belgian PeloPics: Now that we are in the middle of the Spring Classics here is part 2 of John Thomson’s Special Belgian Classic Photo Gallery. More of his selection from bike races, fashion, life in Belgium and some subjects that are quite Belgianesque.

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John says: “Part two of a somewhat Belgian themed photo gallery. Belgian riders, Belgian races and Paris Fashion Week street style shots. Including people. places and things in Belgium, other miscellaneous shots and a couple of images that reflect on the current state of the world. Stand with Ukraine.”


Wout and Wout in action and a big win in the Omloop with some class comments in the post race interview


The Gravensteen “Castle of the Counts” is a medieval castle in Ghent that dates from 1180


1969 Eddy could even make a shower cap look cool. Photo credit: Miroir Sprint/Miroir du Cyclisme


Balmain model at the Palais Garnier


One of the great Belgians. Sanne Cant as world champion here in Antwerp with Laura Verdonschot


Elle Fanning at Miu Miu


An epic win for Tadej Pogačar at Strade Bianche 2022. Here in 2019 with a bit of Photoshop colour added


Matej Mohorič dropped down for his greatest victory at MSR. Here at Strade Bianche 2018


The Neuhaus chocolates have been made in Belgium for over 100 years and this beer takes its name from Adriaen Brouwer who was a Flemish painter born in 1604


Tony Martin and Stefan Küng at Tour of Flanders 2018


Pink jackets in Antwerp


Niki Terpstra winning Tour of Flanders 2018


Oversized blazer with silver accessories at Isabel Marant


Multi Portuguese champion Nelson Oliveira at Tour of Flanders 2016


Beautiful yellow at Place Colette for Isabel Marant


Beautiful yellow on Eddy Merckx here with Joaquim Agostinho at the Tour from a retro edition of Vélo Magazine. Photo credit: Presse Sports/Vélo Magazine


Model après Saint Laurent


Oliver Naesen as Belgian champion at Tour of Flanders 2018


Early morning bakery in Belgium


Ryan Mullen at Tour of Flanders 2018


This friendly fruit seller saw me taking a picture of his delicious berries and he kindly offered to sell me a basket. Which I immediately accepted


No tears for Alexander Kristoff looking resplendent in white and blue as european champion at the start of Tour of Flanders 2018


Gold at Chanel


Thijs Aerts at Essen 2018


Meat and bread deliciousness in Kortrijk


Beautiful cycling in Brugge


Ukrainian Yaroslav Popovych is standing up for his country. Now a Directeur sportif with Trek-Segafredo and here with Heinrich Haussler at Tour of Flanders 2016


A big Trek Factory Racing fan in Oudenaarde


Belgian legend Briek Schotte was a two-time world champion and two-time Tour of Flanders winner. Pictured here on a poster at the Tour of Flanders Museum in Oudenaarde


Chasing Flanders. Tour of Flanders fans running back to vehicles to watch the next sector of the race


Double Belgian champion Yves Lampaert at Tour of Flanders 2016


Couple after the Chanel show at the Grand Palais


Former pro Zhandos Bizhigitov at Tour of Flanders 2017 and a bittersweet shot of Herman Frison and Marc Sergeant in the Lotto Soudal car


Musée Oldmasters Museum in Brussels


Toms Skujinš and Alexander Kristoff at Tour of Flanders 2016


Chloé model after the show


Marcel Meisen as German champion at Overijse 2019


Fashionista posing outside the Grand Palais


2019 Belgian road champion Tim Merlier here at Overijse and looking to repeat his 2021 success on the road this year


Overijse mud


Mathieu van der Poel at GP Mario De Clercq 2019 and back with a podium at MSR in 2022


Cool dude looking very comfortable in Palm Angels pastel casual


Guess who’s riding to sign on at the Tour of Flanders 2018


Christian Dior wrap and epic shades


The chase of Gilbert by GVA, Naesen and Sagan was going so well in 2017


Then the jacket happened. Photo credit: Photo News


Chocolates, cobbles and a stellar trench coat in Brugge


Tony Martin had plenty of scars even before “Allez Opi-Omi”. Here at Tour of Flanders 2017


Beautiful Loewe model posing in front of the Eiffel Tower


Jim Aernouts at a hair-raising Vlaamse Druivencross Overijse 2018


The most famous car in the world here at the Louwman Museum in The Hague, Netherlands. This Aston Martin DB5 is one of two exact replicas made for the promotion of the movie Goldfinger


The second greatest James Bond movie car is a modified topless white version of a 1967 Toyota 2000GT. This hardtop 2000GT is at the Louwman Museum, the oldest private car collection in the world


Models after the show


Not Belgian, but one of the finest beers I have ever tasted. Here at the Louwman Museum restaurant in The Hague, Netherlands


54 – Not Belgian, but a beautiful shot of Spanish legend Luis Ocaña as a mini poster in Miroir du cyclisme October 1970. Photo credit: Miroir du cyclisme


Leonie Hanne at Isabel Marant


Luke Rowe and Antoine Duchesne, two champions at the start of Tour of Flanders 2018 in Antwerp


Gorgeous gray under scaffolding


Checking out a GTR in Brugge


Recent winner of Le Samyn, Matteo Trentin here with Matt Wilson at Tour of Flanders 2018 and chasing back on after a mechanical


Posing at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees with the Eiffel Tower in the background


Jan-Willem van Schip and his aero brake hoods at Scheldeprijs 2018


A big GVA fan at Tour of Flanders


Arrival at Isabel Marant


Horses in a field and sheep in Damme


Former world champion Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado at Essen 2018


Beautiful photographer with face bandage outside the Valentino show at Paris Fashion Week


Tom Boonen at GP Quebec 2016


Penny-farthing racing was popular in the 1870s and 1880s. This poster was in the Huis van Alijn museum of daily life in Gent


XXL ride in Kortrijk


Suds flying off the bike of Sep Vanmarcke after Paris Roubaix


Model posing after the show


Not Belgians, but I couldn’t resist putting Poulidor and Anquetil side by side going contre le montre in the 1966 Tour. Photo credits: Le Miroir des Sports


French actors Ana Giradot (left) and Marina Foïs at PFW


Mathieu in Antwerp


Psychedelic flower power at Chanel


Jasper Stuyven is aiming for Flanders and Roubaix. Here at Tour of Flanders 2017


Some glam at the Palais Garnier


Taylor Phinney has a passion for art. Here at Tour of Flanders 2018


79 – Davis Phinney in the early 90’s at Gastown GP Vancouver


80 – Stylish fashionistas at Isabel Marant


81 – Stylish Filippo Pozzato in Brugge at the start of Tour of Flanders 2016


Medieval Brugge


Torture Museum Oude Steen in Brugge


Belgian colours in the sun and mud at Overijse


Stunning black and gold at Palais de Tokyo


André Greipel at Tour of Flanders 2017


Autoworld Brussels museum


Palais de Tokyo fashion


Stijn Devolder a two time winner of the Ronde, here at GP Quebec 2016


Fashionistas at Balmain


Tony Martin here at Tour of Flanders 2016 and never disappoints in photographs


Smiling model after the show


Laurens Sweeck at Namur 2019 and winner of the Maldegem Ethias Cross 2022


Larsen Thompson at Cédric Charlier


Filippo Pozzato at Tour of Flanders 2016


Beautiful brown tones at Chanel


Tom Meeusen riding in his home race at Essen 2016


Chanel glam


2016 seems like just yesterday. Mathieu in Essen


Isabel Marant models after the show


Tour of Flanders Museum in Oudenaarde


Belgian legend Freddy Maertens was twice world road race champion. Photo credit: Jean Jaffre/Miroir du cyclisme


Brugge early morning


Edvald Boasson Hagen as Norwegian champion at Tour of Flanders 2016


Dark blue and dark glasses at Chanel


Early morning start of the Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo in Antwerp


No Ronde Cyclo for me, just a rental bike selfie in Damme


Beautiful Valentino models at PFW


Sonny Colbrelli at Tour of Flanders 2017 and the winner of Paris Roubaix 2021


Saint Laurent model posing after the show at the Trocadéro


Photo aficionados doing what they love most after the Saint Laurent show. And a guy with a Polaroid One Step!


Chasing Cancellara Flanders Cyclo is held in Harelbeke on March 20 2022


Tinted shades and great boots at Redemption


Tiesj crashing in Flanders and missing Roubaix was not his finest hour in 2016. Nor was Strade 2022


His finest hour at Strade Bianche 2018


Just off his first pro win on stage 3 of Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. Ben Tulett here at Overijse 2018


Smiling and shooting the photographers


Growing up in Canada the first road bicycle race I remember seeing was at the 1976 Montreal Olympics on a black and white TV. So until the late 70’s when my cycling obsession took hold, hockey was the sport. This shot of “the Great One” was taken in Vancouver in the early 80’s with a Pentax 35mm camera and a manual focus zoom lens and is the luckiest photo I have ever taken. (Notice the sticks from both sides trying to slow him down when he doesn’t even have the puck)


St. Julien Canadian Memorial, also known as The Brooding Soldier located in Saint-Julien, Langemark


Valentine Joe Strudwick (1900-1916) is buried at the Essex Farm Cemetery within the John McCrae Memorial Site near Ypres, Belgium


More peace


More joy


# Big thanks (again) to John for another great photo gallery… Keep it PEZ for all the Classic spring action. #


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