They take their one day racing very seriously in Belgium, and in Flanders in particular. To be called a "Flandrian" is cycling shorthand for being the toughest of the tough; capable of enduring the worst terrain - exposed farmland, teeth-jarring cobbles and the short, sharp climbs known locally as 'bergs' - and often in the worst weather.
The Ronde Van Vlaanderen - the Tour of Flanders - is the pinnacle of Flemish racing and is an incredible event to experience. The passion of the fans by the roadsides is only matched by the sinew bursting efforts that reduce the peloton time and time again. The race is played out against an almost medieval backdrop of baying crowds and fluttering yellow and black flags displaying the Lion of Flanders.
Philippe Gilbert rolled back the years and produced a scintillating virtuoso performance as the cobbles and crashes took their toll on the chasers behind. Wearing the Belgian Champions jersey, Gilbert attacked over the Oude Kwaremont with fully 55km to go and any chance of a catch was lost on the next ascent of the same stretch of pave when World Champion Sagan clipped a barrier and crashed heavily, bringing the other pre-race favourite Greg Van Avermaet down as well.
- Hahnemuhle giclée print
- Limited edition of 101, numbered, and signed on reverse
- Size A3 420x297mm, 11 3/4" x 16 1/2"