Photo Special: FLANDERS ’17
Tour of Flanders Photo Special: Sunday’s Ronde van Vlaanderen was the best race of the season – Classic of Classics. As always, Cor Vos was there with his band of photographers and now that the dust has settled we have picked our ‘Top Pics’ from De Vlaanderens Mooiste.
The Tour of Flanders was a big day for Tom Boonen and his fans. The three time Ronde winner was given a big reception in Antwerpen, the crowd were stirred up with mass clapping.
Tommeke made his appearance, next week at Roubaix will be a tear jerker especially if he wins a fifth ‘Hell of the North’.
Always the showman, Peter Sagan had to show his bike handling abilities with a wheelie on the presentation stage. Pity he can’t avoid barriers just as well.
It was well seen who was the hero at the start.
Sagan was as always cool at the start. The beard has morphed into a Frank Zappa style (ask your dad/grandfather).
Out of Antwerp past the town hall with the docks in the distance.
BMC’s Daniel Oss was unlucky and had a close look at a Flemish hedge.
Jos van Emden (LottoNl-Jumbo) was another early crash victim.
What is that thing? Nice overhead banner seen in Zele.
The climb of the Kapelmuur comes too early in the race to be as decisive as it used to be, but it’s still chaos and has the fans out on the grass banks.
The break of the day had 11 minutes at one point, it would never be enough. Great to see Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s Mark McNally in the split again. Gent-Wevelgem last week and Flanders on Sunday, it’s getting to be a habit.
The peloton were quite happy in the spring sunshine, the storm was not far off!
Philippe Gilbert was back to the Quick-Step team car for the low-down from DS Wilfried Peeters.
The Lion of Flanders was everywhere… as usual.
Quick-Step had the strongest team, but did they have a winner? Was the plan for Gilbert to go all the way to the line or was Tom Boonen going to come across?
Boonen had been very active, but three bike changes and a long wait for one of them ruined his chance of a win or podium in his final Ronde. Here he is pushed back into action by Tom Steels.
Cannondale-Drapac’s Sep Vanmarcke was one of the favorites for at least a good placing, but luck was not on his side.
Dries De Bont was in trouble on the climb of the Oude Kwaremont, disc brakes where not much help here!
The day did not end well for this Bahrain-Merida rider.
Gilbert attacked with over 50 kilometers to go to the finish in Oudenaarde, was he expecting help to come across?
Security was high on the course. These policemen are obviously not cycle fans.
The crash of the day: Sagan was too close to the barrier, he came down and Greg Van Avermaet couldn’t avoid ploughing into the rainbow jersey.
As the Olympic champion hit Sagan, Oliver Naesen (AG2R-La Mondiale) tried to escape the inevitable on the inside collecting the clothing of the fans on his way to the cobbles.
Van Avermaet was up and away first, but Sagan and Naesen saw their Flanders disappear up the road.
New bike for the World champion, but it was too late and he had damaged his shoe plate in the crash.
The lonely figure of Peter Sagan, there will always be next year.
At the front Philippe Gilbert must have know he was fighting for the solo win and held a 1 minute lead for a long time.
Greg Van Avermaet didn’t waste time getting to the front of the chase, but without Sagan there wasn’t the same firepower.
The Belgian fans were more than happy to see the National jersey at the front of the biggest race in Belgium.
Job done. Gilbert held off Greg Van Avermaet, teammate Niki Terpstra and Dylan Van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac) by 28 seconds and had time for a well deserved celebration.
A happy Philippe with his bike.
Gilbert is back to his winning ways and what way to show it.
A big day for Belgium, the Quick-Step team and Philippe Gilbert. Bring Paris-Roubaix, PEZ will be there cobble by cobble!
Ronde van Vlaanderen/Tour of Flanders – Final Kilometers:
De Ronde Van Vlaanderen Result:
1. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors in 6:23:45
2. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:28
3. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors
4. Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:52
6. Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
7. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
8. Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina
9. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie
10. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
11. Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana
12. Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott
13. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
14. Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
15. Gianni Moscon (Ita) Sky
16. Scott Thwaites (GB) Dimension Data
17. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
18. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar
19. Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 1:01
20. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal at 2:29
21. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
22. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
23. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale at 2:32
24. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
25. Alexander Edmonson (Aus) Orica-Scott at 3:30.