The Flanders Edit
Here we go!
It's the biggest weekend in the Flemish cycling calendar... De Ronde, more than just another race. Win Flanders and a rider's life changes forever - especially if they hail from cycling's heartland itself. This Sunday promises another epic edition - and who knows, perhaps the promised Pog - WvA - MvdP throwdown will be another race for the ages?
So without further ado, here's three of our favourite moments from classic editions of the Tour of Flanders - and some of the Handmade Cyclist products they inspired.
2010: Cancellara drops Boonen on the Muur
There's so much to love about the 2010 edition. Two great champions at the peak of their form. A duel up the hallowed slopes of the Muur with both riders resplendent in their national champion's jerseys, a visual throwback to the classic kits of the past.
And a devastating, decisive acceleration to settle the race, so violent that rumours abound to this day of artificial electric assistance in Fabian's bike. Cancellara though is clear: 'I Am The Engine'
2005: Tommeke confirms
'Tornado' Tom was the new star of Belgian cycling ever since his 3rd place on debut in Roubaix back in 2002, but in Belgium to be a great you need to win the big one. Boonen didn't disappoint, breaking clear to win solo in the grand manner. Roubaix and the Worlds would follow - but De Ronde confirmed his place in the pantheon.
2016: In Rainbows
A spring dream: two world champions together on the podium of one of the greatest classics of all.
For Sagan, finally a Monument to match his talent, and in the 100th edition too; for Deignan confirmation that on her day she was the finest female rider on the planet. Two great races, two great champions. If you've not seen it, the behind the scenes look at the day is an essential watch.
So, yeah - we're excited. De Ronde is about more than the racing. It's about the atmosphere, the fans, the sense that this just means more. In 2021, a market share of 84% tuned in to watch Kasper Asgreen's Terminator impression.
Whatever the outcome, whatever the route, no matter who wins, it will always be 'Flanders' most beautiful'