The PEZ Tour Of Flanders Classic Photo Gallery

The best pics from De Ronde

PeloPics: This Sunday should be one of the most exciting De Ronde van Vlaanderen, with the World champion Alaphilippe, Van der Poel, Van Aert and all the others ready for action. The Tour of Flanders has thrown up many iconic images over its 105 editions, so you can imagine how difficult it is to choose the best photos from the Cor Vos archive of over fifty years.

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The climbs of the Koppenberg and the Muur van Geraardsbergen/Kappelmuur have occasionally been decisive in the Flemish race, but they have always thrown up some excitement, although less now that they are further away from the finish. Here is a selection of photos from the ‘hellingen’ from the 70s, 80s and up to last year.


Modern looking wheels on the roofrack of that Peugeot 404


This way to hell!


A close look at the torture


Chaos on the Koppenberg


Eddy Merckx went solo early in 1977, but was caught and dropped by Roger De Vlaeminck and World champion Freddy Maertens


Herman van Springel was forced to run up the Koppenberg in 1977 – The seven time winner of Bordeaux-Paris never won de Ronde


Two time Flanders winner, Jan Raas, was angry with a photographer on the Koppenberg in 1985 and so he punched him


Ferdi Van Den Haute needed police help when he crashed


Rider, team manager, journalist and TV commentator, the late Paul Sherwen hit the Koppenberg cobbles


Double World pursuit champion Alain Bondue was forced to walk with Hennie Kuiper on the Koppenberg


The rear view of the Koppenberg fallen in 1979


Kuiper again in 1981 with German National champion Gregor Braun


Jasper Skibby crashed on the Koppenberg and was then run over by the race director


Sometimes it’s faster running than riding


The cyclo-cross remount by BMC’s Karsten Kroon


A day out for the 2CV


Etienne De Wilde was a strong and successful rider on the road and track in his 20 year pro career – A winner of Het Volk, but never the Tour of Flanders


Typical Belgian weather on the Geraardsbergen


Luc Colijn and Eric Vanderaerden got a close look at the cobbles of the Muur


Sean Kelly leading Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke – Neither of them won Flanders


Kelly with Eric Vanderaerden – The Belgian won in 1985, Kelly was 2nd three times and once 4th


Peter Van Petegem and Franco Ballerini – Two wins for Van Petegem, none for Ballerini, but the Italian did win in Roubaix twice


Eddy van Hooydonck made his move on the Bosberg – Twice 1989 and 1991


Can’t get lost


It doesn’t have to rain to make a hard day in Flanders.


The power of Peter Sagan was too much in 2016


Philippe Gilbert, the Belgian champ does it in 2017


Another year, another Ronde 2018


Terpstra solo to the finish


All the stars in the chase behind the Dutchman – Vanmarcke, Van Avermaet, and Gilbert


Terpstra’s last big win with Deceuninck – Quick-Step


The Flemish love De Ronde


Van der Poel was keen, but…


Attack from Alberto Bettiol


Bettiol took the big win in 2019


Van der Poel, Van Aert and Alaphilippe away for the win in 2020


NO!


Just when it looked like we would have the top three riders of the moment fight for the victory, Alaphilippe hit the back of a motorbike


And then there were two


Together to the sprint


The Monument win for Van der Poel

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