20 January 2023

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: The first cycling race of the year in Northwestern Europe

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: De eerste weg wielerwedstrijd van het jaar in Noordwest-Europa
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, previously Omloop Het Volk is an iconic cycling race that has been held for over 80 years in Belgium. It is part of the UCI World Tour and takes place in late February each year. It is the opening event of the Belgian cycling season, as well as the first race of the year in Northwestern Europe. Given its early calendar date, it is often marked by cold weather, making it more thought-provoking and, without a doubt, more prestigious. The race starts in Gent and goes through the local Flanders region, covering over 200 kilometres of terrain....
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27 December 2022

Paris-Brest-Paris 1931, one of the longest and coldest cycling races of history

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Parijs-Brest-Parijs 1931, één van de langste en koudste wedstrijden uit de wielergeschiedenis
The 1931 Paris-Brest-Paris race was unquestionably one of  the longest and coldest cycling races in European history. The Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) race, founded in 1891 and revived in 1931, was supposed to be a non-stop race covering 1,200 kilometres from Paris to the west coast town of Brest and back again. It was then the longest race in the world and the winner was expected to complete the journey, without sleep, in a little over 50 hours.The Paris-Brest-Paris race is indeed a cycling legend, a true endurance test won by the greatest riders of all time. It is one of the...
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16 September 2022

Giro di Lombardia, the last of the Five Monuments

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Giovanni Gerbi, Giro di Lombardia 1905
The Giro di Lombardia (Tour of Lombardy), is traditionally the last of the five 'Monuments' of the season. Tour of Lombardy concludes the famous "Five Monuments" (Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and Giro di Lombardia), the oldest, toughest, and most renowned one-day races in men's road cycling. The Giro di Lombardia, also known as the Autumn Classic or the Race of the Falling Dead Leaves, takes place every year in late September or early October. A famous race, and the footprints of a journalist again Similar to the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia journalists and newspapers played...
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15 August 2022

Vuelta a España record holders

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Tony Rominger, Mapei Clas 1994 / RECORDHOUDERS VUELTA A ESPAÑA
  The Grand Tour trilogy was not completed until 1935, when, following the success of the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, the Vuelta a España was organised in Spain. It took a long time for the Vuelta to be recognized as one of the most important UCI World Tour events. This event was disrupted for several years in the beginning due to various issues such as the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and even poor organisation. However, the Spanish tour is considered now as prestigious as the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, and every cyclist...
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29 July 2022

Luis Ocaña and the other side of the medal

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Luis Ocaña -Tour de France 1973
It was mourned on May 24, 1994, at Notre-Dame des Cyclistes in Labastide d'Armagnac, France. It was the funeral of Tour and Vuelta winner Luis Ocaña. On May 19, 1994, at the age of 48, Luis Ocaña ended his life with a gunshot through the head. According to the story, the depressed Luis suffered from hepatitis-B and cancer and could no longer bear life. The Spanish mountain king and time trial specialist was honoured with a stained glass window and a green marble plaque at Notre-Dame des Cyclistes. The drama of  life Luis Ocaña's life was not always rosy. He...
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15 July 2022

The Tour de France changes over time

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De eerste route van de Tour de France, 1903
Before July, 1903, nothing like the Tour de France had ever been attempted. 60 men, mostly French, mounted their bicycles outside a café in Paris. The challenge of embarking on an unprecedented endurance without knowing the prize money of 20,000 francs brought all of these cyclists together. Henri Desgrange, a French cyclist and journalist, organised this endurance race, which was sponsored for advertising purposes by the newspaper L'Auto (now L'Equipe). Thus, the legendary Tour de France has begun. However, the Tour de France, like everything else in the world, has undergone many changes over time.
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