Tour of Flanders 2014

Here is my selection of images from what I hope will continue to be an annual trip over to Belgium for the Tour of Flanders.

Morning in Flanders.

A quick scan of the map to suss out a decent vantage point.

Like last year, we went to the Oude Kwaremont. We got there early with a backpack full of beer, but plenty of people had already beaten us to it.

Choosing a good line is all important - up on the crown, or in one of the gutters?

The brickwork looks distinctly Belgian to my eyes.

 

Switzerland vs Flanders, Cancellara vs Boonen. The two cyclists responsible for the majority of the flags seen on the roadside.

 

Last year, people leant out the windows and this year, people were on the roof. I never found how they managed to keep themselves from sliding down!

The race approaches...the course clears, team soigneurs wait with spare wheels and water bottles.

A place on the barrier guarantees the riders will be within touching distance.

The race flies past, their speed over the cobbles impresses me every time.

Still a long way from the finish, the riders are still mostly in one large bunch. But some are feeling the pace more than others.

Expensive carbon fibre wheels rattle over the stones.

Niki Terpstra didn't make the winning move today, but went on to win Paris-Roubiaix the following Sunday.

With Cancellara the eventual victor (as per last year), the race is over for another year. Roll on 2015.