The 1983 Tour of Flanders was a wet and muddy affair. Jan Raas was the victor on this brutal day that saw only 38 out of 188 starters reach the finish line. Behind Raas would be two Belgians, both a minute-and-a-half back, in Ludo Peeters for second and Marc Sergeant for third. Photo and text come from Velonews’ gallery of Cor Vos photographs that relate to the Ronde.
1951: Until 1948 only one foreigner had won here, the Swiss Heiri Suter in 1923. But then, three years in a row, a fearsome Italian tamed the elements, the cobblestones, and even Briek Schotte, “the Last of the Flandrians.” With this third victory, Fiorenzo Magni is hailed as “the Lion of Flanders.”
Photograph and caption accompanying an excerpt from The Spring Classics: Cycling’s Greatest One-Day Races that appears in VeloNews.