What's Cool In Road Cycling

The PEZ Tour Of Flanders Classic Photo Gallery

Like PEZ? Why not subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive updates and reminders on what's cool in road cycling?

PeloPics: On Sunday we will be watching the Covid-19 re-scheduled De Ronde van Vlaanderen, and thank god and the Belgian government for that. De Ronde van Vlaanderen has thrown up many iconic images over its 103 editions, so you can imagine how difficult it is to choose twenty or so photos from the Cor Vos archive of over fifty years.

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 2019.



Oudenaarde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - sfeer - illustratie old fashioned teamcar Peugeot pictured during the of Flanders Classics UCI WorldTour 101st Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling race women with start in Oudenaarde and finish in Oudenaarde on April 02, 2017 - foto Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2017
Modern looking wheels on the roofrack of that Peugeot 404

Oudenaarde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Parcourverkenning en training Ronde van Vlaanderen Reconnaissance et entrainement sur le parcour du Tour de Flandres Koppenberg helling - Koppenberg climb - foto Cor Vos ©2011
This way to hell!

Oudenaarde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Parcourverkenning en training Ronde van Vlaanderen Reconnaissance et entrainement sur le parcour du Tour de Flandres Koppenberg helling - Koppenberg climb - foto Cor Vos ©2011
A close look at the torture

Sfeerfoto van een valpartij oip de Koppenberg, foto Cor Vos©
Chaos on the Koppenberg

Eddy Merckx zwoegt tegen de Koppenberg in de Ronde van Vlaanderen van 1977
Eddy Merckx went solo early in 1977, but was caught and dropped by Roger De Vlaeminck and World champion Freddy Maertens

Rik van Linden en Herman van Springel lopend op de Koppenberg in de Ronde van Vlaanderen. Foto Cor Vos ©
Herman van Springel was forced to run up the Koppenberg in 1977 – The seven time winner of Bordeaux-Paris never won de Ronde

Jan Raas haalt uit op de Koppenberg in de Ronde van Vlaanderen, foto Cor Vos ©2002
Two time Flanders winner, Jan Raas, was angry with a photographer on the Koppenberg in 1985 and so he punched him

Koppenberg: Ferdi Vandenhaute, foto Cor Vos ©
Ferdi Van Den Haute needed police help when he crashed

Chaos op de Koppenberg, foto Cor Vos©1998
Rider, team manager, journalist and TV commentator, the late Paul Sherwen hit the Koppenberg cobbles

Hoogvliet - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Archive - Archief - Stock - Alain Bondue (La Redoute) - Hennie Kuiper (Kwantum) Ronde van Vlaanderen Koppenberg - foto Cor Vos ©2006
Double World pursuit champion Alain Bondue was forced to walk with Hennie Kuiper on the Koppenberg

la passione winter 2021 cycling apparel

Hoogvliet - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - archief - archive - stock - Koppenberg Ronde van Vlaanderen - foto Cor Vos ©1979
The rear view of the Koppenberg fallen in 1979

Hoogvliet - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Tour of Flandres - Ronde van Vlaanderen - Hennie Kuiper - Gregor Brown - Aad van der Hoek - Riders at the 1981 Tour of Flanders also had a difficult time climbing the Koppenberg, which maxes out at 22% grade - foto Cor Vos ©2012
Kuiper again in 1981 with German National champion Gregor Braun

Hoogvliet - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Tour of Flandres - Ronde van Vlaanderen - Danish rider Jesper Skibby crashed on the Koppenberg. Immediately after crashing, the course director drove over his bicycle - foto Cor Vos ©2012
Jasper Skibby crashed on the Koppenberg and was then run over by the race director

Koppenberg in de Ronde van Vlaanderen 1987, foto Cor Vos ©2002
Sometimes it’s faster running than riding

Ninove - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Ronde van Vlaanderen 2010 - Karsten Kroon (BMC Racing Team) op de Koppenberg - foto Wessel van Keuk en Cor Vos ©2010
The cyclo-cross remount by BMC’s Karsten Kroon

Oudenaarde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Parcourverkenning en training Ronde van Vlaanderen Reconnaissance et entrainement sur le parcour du Tour de Flandres Koppenberg helling - Koppenberg climb - foto Cor Vos ©2011
A day out for the 2CV

HET VOLK: Etienne de Wilde op de Muur van Geraardsbergen - foto Cor Vos ©2002
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

Gent - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie Muur van Geraardsbergen pictured during Omloop Het Volk 1984 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Typical Belgian weather on the Geraardsbergen

Gent - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - crash val sturz fall Muur van Geraardsbergen Luc COLIJN - Eric VANDERAERDEN pictured during Omloop Het Volk 1984 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Luc Colijn and Eric Vanderaerden got a close look at the cobbles of the Muur

Hoogvliet - Nederland - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - stock - archief - archive - illustration - Sean Kelly (Team Skil) - Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (Team LaRedoute) Muur van Geraardsbergen - Tour of Flandres - Ronde van Vlaanderen - photo Cor Vos © 2015
Sean Kelly leading Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke – Neither of them won Flanders

Eric Vanderaerden tijdens de Ronde van Vlaanderen 1985. Samen met Sean Kelly beklimt hij de Muur van Geraardsbergen. Foto Cor Vos©
Kelly with Eric Vanderaerden – The Belgian won in 1985, Kelly was 2nd three times and once 4th

Ronde van Vlaanderen: Na de beklimming van de Muur van Geraardsbergen praten Ballerini en van petegem, met elkaar. foto Cor Vos©1997
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

Oudenaarde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie pictured during a training session prior to the Flanders Classics UCI WorldTour 102nd Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling race with start in Antwerpen and finish in Oudenaarde - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
Can’t get lost

Geraardsbergen - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration image pictured during the of Flanders Classics - Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling race juniores with start in Herzele and finish in Geraardsbergen on April 02, 2017 - foto PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017
It doesn’t have to rain to make a hard day in Flanders.

Oudenaarde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Peter Sagan (Slowakia / Team Tinkoff - Tinkov) - Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium / Team LottoNL - Jumbo) pictured during 100th Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour de Flanders - from Brugge to Oudenaarde - photo JB/PN/Cor Vos © 2016
The power of Peter Sagan was too much in 2016

Oudenaarde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the of Flanders Classics UCI WorldTour 101st Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling race with start in Antwerpen and finish in Oudenaarde on April 02, 2017 - foto PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017
Philippe Gilbert, the Belgian champ does it in 2017

Oudenaarde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie pictured during the Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2018 - Elite men - a one day UCI world tour race between Antwerpen and Oudenaarde - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
Another year, another Ronde 2018

Oudenaarde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Niki TERPSTRA (Netherlands / Team Quick - Step Floors) pictured during the Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2018 - Elite men - a one day UCI world tour race between Antwerpen and Oudenaarde - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
Terpstra solo to the finish

Oudenaarde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Sep VANMARCKE (Belgium / Team EF Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale) - Matteo TRENTIN (Italy / Team Mitchelton - Scott) - Greg VAN AVERMAET (Belgium / BMC Racing Team) - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick - Step Floors) pictured during the Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2018 - Elite men - a one day UCI world tour race between Antwerpen and Oudenaarde - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
All the stars in the chase behind the Dutchman – Vanmarcke, Van Avermaet, and Gilbert

Oudenaarde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Niki TERPSTRA (Netherlands / Team Quick - Step Floors) pictured during the Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2018 - Elite men - a one day UCI world tour race between Antwerpen and Oudenaarde - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
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

# Let’s look forward to the spring of 2021 and some normality. #

Like PEZ? Why not subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive updates and reminders on what's cool in road cycling?

Comments are closed.