Zdeněk Štybar wins Stage 3 of the Eneco Tour. A bunch sprint looked likely but with one kilometre to go Jurgen Roelandts took a hard pull on the front and a split occured. Strangely the Lotto-Belisol rider looked back and then kept the power going despite his sprinter André Greipel being left behind and taking Štybar, Lars Boom and Max Richeze in his wake.
Štybar waited for the right moment and sprinted past Richeze for a clever win.
 

Zdeněk Štybar wins Stage 3 of the Eneco Tour. A bunch sprint looked likely but with one kilometre to go Jurgen Roelandts took a hard pull on the front and a split occured. Strangely the Lotto-Belisol rider looked back and then kept the power going despite his sprinter André Greipel being left behind and taking Štybar, Lars Boom and Max Richeze in his wake.

Štybar waited for the right moment and sprinted past Richeze for a clever win.

 

Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr) wins Stage 2 of the Eneco Tour. The sprinter beat Philippe Gilbert and Tyler Farrar in an uphill sprint to Vorst, on the edge of Brussels

Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr) wins Stage 2 of the Eneco Tour. The sprinter beat Philippe Gilbert and Tyler Farrar in an uphill sprint to Vorst, on the edge of Brussels

In het wiel van Eddy Merckx

"On the wheel of Eddy Merckx" was launched by the Flemish-Brabant Tourist Office, the Rupel Area-Vaartland Tourist Office and the Sportimonium sports museum for the centenary of the Tour of Flanders.

The style reminds me of an early Michel Gondry music video.

You can find cycling routes, history and more at:

http://www.inhetwielvaneddymerckx.be/

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The profile of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
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The profile of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

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A helpful map on Wikipedia to let you know what the local word for French fries is in Belgium and the Netherlands.

A helpful map on Wikipedia to let you know what the local word for French fries is in Belgium and the Netherlands.

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How much do the Belgians like pro cycling? Enough to use images and stories in the in-flight airline of their national airline. As well as this ad you’ll find articles on riding in the Ardennes and a piece on Miguel Indurain too.
Welcom in Belgie

How much do the Belgians like pro cycling? Enough to use images and stories in the in-flight airline of their national airline. As well as this ad you’ll find articles on riding in the Ardennes and a piece on Miguel Indurain too.

Welcom in Belgie

Tags: belgium

Frietchinees has been voted the Flemish word of the 2012.
It means a “Chinese fryer” and describes the rise of non-Belgians who cook up the national staple of french fries.
42 year old Xiandong Zhao told the De Morgen newspaper that “running a Chinese restaurant had become too difficult" and he now owns several outlets. Meanwhile Ming Cheng and Benny Wu (pictured) won a "fryer of the year" award for 2012. "It’s proof that Chinese can make tasty fries” Cheng told the Belang Van Lommel.
However estimates suggest only 1% of Belgium’s 5,000 frietkots are run by those of Chinese origin. Eddy Van Belle, the director of Brugge’s frietmuseum, says Turkish and Moroccan immigrants probably account for many more.

Frietchinees has been voted the Flemish word of the 2012.

It means a “Chinese fryer” and describes the rise of non-Belgians who cook up the national staple of french fries.

42 year old Xiandong Zhao told the De Morgen newspaper that “running a Chinese restaurant had become too difficult" and he now owns several outlets. Meanwhile Ming Cheng and Benny Wu (pictured) won a "fryer of the year" award for 2012. "It’s proof that Chinese can make tasty fries” Cheng told the Belang Van Lommel.

However estimates suggest only 1% of Belgium’s 5,000 frietkots are run by those of Chinese origin. Eddy Van Belle, the director of Brugge’s frietmuseum, says Turkish and Moroccan immigrants probably account for many more.

(Source: hbvl.be)

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I found the image on seniorennet.be, a blogging platform for Belgian seniors.
The photo shows Lomme Driessens, a famous team manager from the 1970s. He managed Merckx but the two never got on and separated. But Driessens was in the team car for many wins during this period with Freddy Maertens and more.
On the right is Fons de Wolf. Yes, Fons de Wolf. He was once touted as “the new Eddy Merckx” but of course nobody has ever come close to replicating Merckx, whether in wins or just the dominant racing style.
The photo seems to capture some of the story. Driessens has his eyes closed, hinting at imperfection. De Wolf seems happy posing with his car but looks too tall to fit inside, as if he can’t fit into Merckx’s shoes either. Besides, it is pouring with rain, it makes for an odd photoshoot.
Driessens has passed away. After a decade of riding, including some big wins like two Het Volks, Milan-Sanremo, the Tour of Lombardy and more Fons de Wolf retired from the sport.
Today De Wolf works as an undertaker and has buried some of his former team mates.

I found the image on seniorennet.be, a blogging platform for Belgian seniors.

The photo shows Lomme Driessens, a famous team manager from the 1970s. He managed Merckx but the two never got on and separated. But Driessens was in the team car for many wins during this period with Freddy Maertens and more.

On the right is Fons de Wolf. Yes, Fons de Wolf. He was once touted as “the new Eddy Merckx” but of course nobody has ever come close to replicating Merckx, whether in wins or just the dominant racing style.

The photo seems to capture some of the story. Driessens has his eyes closed, hinting at imperfection. De Wolf seems happy posing with his car but looks too tall to fit inside, as if he can’t fit into Merckx’s shoes either. Besides, it is pouring with rain, it makes for an odd photoshoot.

Driessens has passed away. After a decade of riding, including some big wins like two Het Volks, Milan-Sanremo, the Tour of Lombardy and more Fons de Wolf retired from the sport.

Today De Wolf works as an undertaker and has buried some of his former team mates.

Tags: belgium wtwy

I love this photo from Belgian blogger Roland Desmet. Each character is worth looking at for the expressions on their faces and to see where they are looking. Many are smiling but the rider being interviewed looks like he’s being asked a tough question. Note the only person wearing shades is the kid in the cycling gear.
Desmet has chronicled the Belgian amateur racing scene like nobody else and this photo is a good dip into the archives.

I love this photo from Belgian blogger Roland Desmet. Each character is worth looking at for the expressions on their faces and to see where they are looking. Many are smiling but the rider being interviewed looks like he’s being asked a tough question. Note the only person wearing shades is the kid in the cycling gear.

Desmet has chronicled the Belgian amateur racing scene like nobody else and this photo is a good dip into the archives.

Tags: belgium