It’s a sunny 23°C (74°F) day in Brisbane today (like almost any other winter day) and a good time to talk about Northern Classics. Specifically, about The Lion of Flanders (De Leeuw van Vlaanderen), a title Flemish cycling fans christen badass riders with when they do badass heroics in Flanders.
How many times have you heard an up and coming rider is the next Eddy Merckx? Me, I’ve lost count. Here’s a Top 10 list I compiled 2 years ago in a post where I argued why Remco Evenepoel is not the next Eddy Merckx:
Nineteen-eighty Moscow Olympic Games left a footprint in my memory. This is when aero helmets and skinsuits hit cycling scene’s prime time. And funny bikes.
Just when we thought the disc brake debate has ended, here comes Chris Froome saying: I don’t think the technology is quite where it needs to be yet for road cycling.
Bike crashes hurt. To paraphrase Tyler Durden: On a long enough timeline, the crash-free rate drops to zero. It’s the law. Philippe Gilbert, quoted by VeloNews, said as much: “I have already ridden more than 1,000 races in my career and there was perhaps one without a crash.”
As historians say, here we go again. Remco Evenepoel asked the media 2 years ago to stop calling him the next Eddy Merckx. Or is it the next next Eddy Merckx?
Have you noticed the cycling media stopped using The Lion of Flanders designation to describe a rider in today’s peloton? Not even Tom Boonen is honored with the title. Why is that?
After the Flandrian double shot of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne – Brussels – Kuurne, we move to the French speaking Wallonie to have a quick look at Le Samyn.