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.
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?