John’s Special Belgian Classic Photo Gallery

Belgian PeloPics: This is the big first weekend of racing in Belgium for 2022 – Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne kick off the Classics season. Photographer John Thomson has sent us a special Belgian gallery to start the action.

# You can see more ‘John Thomson Photo Galleries’ HERE. #

John says: “A somewhat Belgian themed photo gallery combined with street style shots from Paris Fashion Week 2019. Belgian riders and Belgian races from 2015 to 2019 with a few scans from my magazine collection. Including shots of people, places and things in the country that is the home of cycling. Plus riders in the news and other miscellaneous goodies. (Part one of a two part collection).”

One of the many war cemeteries in Belgium


Philippe Gilbert is one of the all time greats and is in his final pro season. Here winning at Tour of Flanders 2017


The Gazet van Antwerpen was so excited with his win in 2017 that they put two of him on the cover. (notice his left arm)


A U23 and Elite Belgian cross champion and winner of the 2017 Grote Prijs Jean-Pierre Monseré on the road. Laurens Sweeck here taking air in Essen for the win in 2018


Beautiful Paris Fashion Week street style


Tim Wellens is one of the top Belgians and rode through a rainstorm to win GP Montreal in 2015


Dutchman Dylan van Baarle won the Dwars door Vlaanderen in 2021 and was 4th here at Tour of Flanders 2017


Flowing Cannondale green in Paris


More Dylan van Baarle in green. He won silver at the Leuven worlds in 2021 and is here at Tour of Flanders 2017. And now a big engine with Ineos Grenadiers


The greatest! A beautiful cover shot of Eddy Merckx on a November 2000 retrospective edition of Vélo Magazine. Here riding to win the 1969 Tour of Flanders by over 5 minutes. Photo credit: L’Équipe/Vélo Magazine


Balmain models at the Opéra Garnier


There was a titanic and super exciting mudless Dutch battle in Fayetteville with Vos taking the world title from Brand. Marianne Vos here at Namur and Lucinda Brand at Overijse


Delicious cross food in Overijse


Tom Pidcock is now the world cyclo cross champion! Here is the finish line superman as British champion in Overijse 2019


The great Tony Martin in the rain at Tour of Flanders 2018


Arrival in the rain at Chanel at the Grand Palais


Blanka Kata Vas here at GP Mario de Clercq 2019, had corona twice and now looks forward to her road season. Benji Naesen of LRCP is a big fan


Caroline Daur at Isabel Marant


Jay Robert Thomson was South African road champion in 2013. The now retired pro is seen here at Tour of Flanders 2017


Doutzen Kroes at Isabel Marant


Before he was “El Tractor”. Tim Declercq in Bruges at the start of Tour of Flanders 2016


Mary Leest and Toulouse-Lautrec signage at Chanel at the Grand Palais


Annemarie Worst missed the worlds but got beautiful wins in the Duinencross Koksijde 2021 and the Maldegem Parkcross 2022. Here winning in Overijse 2019


At Isabel Marant show


André Greipel loved racing on the Belgian cobbles and is here in action at Tour of Flanders 2016


Monday newspapers the day after the Ronde


Emerald beauty at Palais de Tokyo


Peter Sagan on one of his best days here at Tour of Flanders 2016


Fan zone in Ronse watching Sagan ride to victory


The crash of GVA and the wheelie of Sagan. The Belgian press deliver religiously


Stijn Vandenbergh at Tour of Flanders 2017


Christian Wijnants model after the show


Now retired Jim Aernouts is a former U23 national champion. Here at Essen 2016 and now a restaurant owner in Essen


Fashionistas at Isabel Marant


John Degenkolb enjoying all the cycling fans in Antwerp at the start of Flanders 2018


Chicken at the Essex Farm Cemetery near Ypres, Belgium. The Essex Farm Cemetery is a World War I, Commonwealth War Graves Commission burial ground within the John McCrae Memorial Site


Poultry roadside at the Ronde


Flying the “Flemish Lion” from a Vespa in the pre race convoy at the Tour of Flanders


The world hour record bike with a 52-14 gear at the Eddy Merckx metro station in Brussels


Two of the greatest Belgians. Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck books I bought in a used book store in Antwerp just to look at the pictures


Grand Place in Brussels at Christmas


Sinterklaas getting a well deserved beverage at the Christmas market


Marco Coledan here at Tour of Flanders 2016 got a silver medal in the 2015 Madison world championships with Elia Viviani


Military white at Balmain at the Palais Garnier


Kittel, Viviani and Bouhanni finished 1-2-3 at the 2017 Scheldeprijs


Everyone with great hair. Marcel Kittel with Lien Crapoen and Maja Leye at Scheldeprijs 2017


Tinted shades and ankle purses at Palais de Tokyo


Tom Boonen the legend at his last Tour of Flanders in 2017


Thanks for the memories Tommeke! Belgian fans show their love at Scheldeprijs 2017 and the last official race on Belgian soil for Tom Boonen. Here with loyal teammate Iljo Keisse who is calling time on a great pro career after this season


Guy in mirrored shades taking a selfie with Tina Kunakey at Balmain show as a paparazzo manoeuvres for a better angle


“King of the Classics” Rik Van Looy is 88 years young as of this writing. The Belgian legend here enjoys a relaxing massage and a smoke near the end of his career. Photo credit: Miroir Sprint/Miroir du Cyclisme


Belgian tragedy. Jean-Pierre Monseré died as champion of the world after being hit by a car during a race in Retie Belgium in 1971. This photo is in the March 24th 1971 edition of L’Équipe Cyclisme magazine. Photo credit: Standaard Nieuwsblad


Tears for a champion. Photo credit: L’Équipe Cyclisme magazine


Chanel model outside the Grand Palais


Philippe Gilbert at Tour of Flanders 2018 and focusing on the Ardennes classics in his final year


Suitcase riding in Antwerp


Andrey Amador at Tour of Flanders 2016. He was with the team when Egan Bernal had his accident and all of our best wishes are with Egan in his recovery


Red power suit at Balmain


Messerschmitt at the Autoworld Brussels museum


Enjoying the spectacle after the Saint Laurent show at the Trocadéro


Mathieu at Namur and all cycling fans are looking forward to his healthy return to racing


Xenia Adonts at Isabel Marant


A Belgian legend already. Wout as world champion


Slippery pavement in Antwerp, but luckily no harm done


Chic gold at Chanel


Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing. It is located outside Passendale in West Flanders and is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world


Happy fans at the start of the Tour of Flanders 2018


Omloop and Amstel wins in 2018 and a podium at the 2021 Leuven worlds. Michael Valgren Hundahl is stylin’ here at the start of Tour of Flanders 2018 (finishing 4th) and unfortunately missed out on the Astana rap video


Old school Michael Valgren Hundahl in 2016 at GP Quebec and GP Montreal and now riding with EF Education-EasyPost


Bruna Marquezine at Isabel Marant and ex-girlfriend of Neymar


Edward Theuns at Tour of Flanders 2017 and husband of Lien Crapoen


Museum Plantin-Moretus is a printing museum in Antwerp and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site


Photos are not recommended in the Schipperskwartier Antwerpen. (composite photo)


Wrapped in a beer flag roadside at the Tour of Flanders


Important looking gentleman wearing a stellar suit and tie at Paris Fashion Week


2015 winner Alexander Kristoff here at Tour of Flanders 2016 and now riding on Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux with super talent Biniam Ghirmay


Isabel Marant model at Place Colette


78 – Czech star Zdenēk Štybar at 2018 Scheldeprijs and another year with Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 2022


Paco Rabanne model after the show


Polish star Michał Kwiatkowski in Antwerp at the start of Tour of Flanders 2018


Arrival at Redemption show in Paris


Lars Ytting Bak with Alexander Kristoff and Michael Mørkøv at Scheldeprijs 2016


Lady in lip dress outside the Saint Laurent show


Grégory Rast and Philippe Gilbert at Tour of Flanders 2018


In the rain at Chanel outside the Grand Palais


Wout van Aert looks calm at his first Tour of Flanders in 2018 and would get a nice top ten finish


Jean jacket beauty at Palais de Tokyo


Tommy Simpson won the 1961 Tour of Flanders and this is his bike from the1962 race with gearing of 52/47 x 13-17 at the Tour of Flanders Museum


More jean jacket and purple beauty at Balmain


Matteo Trentin at Scheldeprijs 2016 and now with UAE Team Emirates and not a big fan of gravel sectors in stage races


Early morning in Bruges


Belgian Karen Verhestraeten and Cambridge scholar Ffion James at the Vlaamse Druivenveldrit Overijse 2016


Scooter riding in Kortrijk


Rider news. Chantal van den Broek-Blaak delays her retirement and Ashleigh Moolman Pasio is set to retire at the end of 2022. Both great champions seen here at Strade Bianche Donne 2018


The “New Strade Bianche”? Alexey Lutsenko won the super epic first edition of the Clásica Jaén Paraíso Interior. Here at Strade Bianche 2019


Smiling arrival at Isabel Marant


Tim Wellens at the famous race hotel after the finish of GP Quebec 2017. The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway company and opened in 1893


# Big thanks to John for another great photo gallery… Part 2 soon. #

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