With z’n dertienen they are. The riders that Cross through Flanders twice managed to win. Briek Schotte, Walter Godefroot, Eric Vanderaerden, Johan Museeuw... All they stood two times on the highest podium finish in Waregem. No rider who managed to three times to win, though there was one pretty close. In addition to two victories, reed, Niko Eeckhout, three times to the podium. “Rambo” ended up two times as second and one time third.
No man Across Flanders, so it is better to estimate than Ones. The 48-year-old West-Vlaming drove up last year in the elite without a contract, but is now, after a career of more than 25 years of final cyclist. “Meanwhile I have some (youth)riders accompanied, but that was not really what I expected. I am now in the transport sector and rental trucks. The course itself, I follow, still on the foot”, says Eeckhout.
A surprising winner, we need according to him is not to be expected in Dwars door Vlaanderen. “I see, in any case, the same names recur. In this tough sequence of matches you will usually few one hit wonders. Question is a bit who is best recovered at the start will appear. However, it may be that the weather conditions started to play a role. The past games it was nice weather, now that might be something else.”