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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