• The Muur van Geraardsbergen/Kappelmuur a the 2018 Tour of Flanders (Getty)Source: Getty
Most of us would pack up and go home at the slightest boo boo, regretting nothing. But the men and women who ride the Tour of Flanders battle through the pain, and if they have to be benched, rue the DNF.
Cycling Central

2 Apr 2018 - 10:08 AM  UPDATED 2 Apr 2018 - 11:01 AM

Crashes in the somewhat wet conditions this year produced more tales of heroic feats, adding to the folklore of this great race.  Here are just some of those tales:  

Dislocated shoulder? No worries. 

2011 Tour of Flanders champion and reigning ITT world champion? Or Martin Riggs?

And you can tell this podium celebration hurt like hell:

Barbed wire? Just tickles.  

If most of us completed over 200 kilometres, climbed a few bergs and ridden over cobbles, we'd be tucked up at home with a cup of tea. Add a run-in with barbed wire, we'd be milking it for as long as we could, regretting nothing. 

But Mitch Docker brushes it off, hugs his kid, does an interview for the team, and still wishes he could've finished the race. 

Compared to his awful 2016 Paris-Roubaix crash though, barbed wire would feel like a tickle. 

Get these guys frites and mayo, stat

What do you do when you're immobilised at the hospital and waiting for x-rays and such? Us? Wallow in the pain. Pro cyclists? Watch the race, silly.

All they needed was some Belgian beer, frites and mayo. 

Hosking (the one lying down in the tweet above) came down hard and while she produced much screaming, she said it was just bruising. 

But she nearly had her head ridden over and more, so watch this space. 

Nasty crash, still finish 4th & 11th 

It looked all over for Michael Valgren (Astana) and Oliver Naesen (Ag2R) after this crash. If they weren't badly hurt and looking for the backseat of the car, the ride back on was surely going to be a challenge. 

Nope. Valgren finished fourth, Naesen 11th. 

Sick for days? 



Sep Vanmarcke 

Perennial podium placer in the big gigs, this guy just...is. 

Today he didn't finish second or third, but after spending what seemed like more time off the bike than on due to crashes, mechanicals and punctures, if he DNF'd, we wouldn't have thought any less of him. 

He finished 13th. 


So Anna van der Breggen and Niki Terpstra didn't crash badly or have any bad luck on their way to victory, but staying away after a solo attack still takes some heroics. So let's see that again:

Women's Tour of Flanders winning moment

Men's Tour of Flanders winning moment



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Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) dominated a wet edition of the Women's Tour of Flanders, escaping with 27km remaining and soloing to an emphatic win over the field.