I was in Amsterdam for a week and had the opportunity to take a train down to Brussels and then to Oudenaarde to catch the Koppenberg climb of the Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen). It was a great experience and I was lucky enough to get some pretty decent shots. The camera is a Nikon D40 with a Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens. I wasn't able to get a spot along the barrier so these shots were taken by sticking my hand out over the road and hoping for the best.
This sign is by Nesten, a local painter who lives in Kuurne near Kortrijk. His specialty is painting caricatures.
2005 and 2006 Ronde van Vlaanderen winner Tom BOONEN on the wheel of Team Katusha's Filippo POZZATO.
Wearing number one, 2008 champion Stijn DEVOLDER would go on to be the man at the top of the podium in Meerbeke in 2009.
George HINCAPIE, a Classics veteran at age 35, would go on to finish in 34th place.
Marcus BURGHARDT, Philippe GILBERT of Silence-Lotto, and Grégory RAST of Astana.
Belgian Kevin VAN IMPE of Quick Step is the son of professional racer Frank Van Impe and the nephew of 1976 Tour de France winner Lucien Van Impe.
Quick Step's Kevin de Weert
Greg Van Avermaet
Silence-Lotto's Johan Vansummeren
Bbox Bouygues Telecom's Saïd Haddou
Topsport Vlaanderen riders Nikolas Maes and Preben van Hecke
Maxim Iglinsky of Team Astana
Björn Leukemans was suspended for doping in 2008 and is now on the Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team.
Fabian Cancellara has a problem with his chain as Skil-Shimano's Koen de Kort passes on his left.
You can see that World and Olympic Time-Trial Champion Fabian Cancellara has lost his chain.
American Steven Cozza of Garmin-Slipstream is in the middle of this pack.
Italian Diego Caccia of Barloworld
Frederiek Veuchelen of Vacansoleil
AG2R's Aurélien Clerc
Cofidis rider Sébastien Portal brings up the rear...
...and receives a helping hand.
The scene just after the riders passed.
Walking down the road back to town.
The town sign near the base of the climb.
Close-up of the Cobbles
The Koppenberg in the distance while waiting for the bus back to the train station in Oudenaarde.
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