First, there's Friday: E3. It's Wout Van Aert leading through Kluisbergen in front of the Van De Walle Butcher Shop. We thought this was a cool shot and were happy about it. Turns out, this one struck a chord in Belgium, and it became a viral sensation. Ashley was interviewed by Het Laatste Nieuws about the image. It felt like everyone in Flanders saw this image. I know it's not much, but it felt special to be at the middle of something like that - especially for an image that really gets to the heart of what we love to about taking pictures: humans and how they interact with bike races. I don't know if there's anywhere quite like Flanders when it comes to loving this sport as deeply as they do. It's such a special thing to be a part of.
Second, there's Sunday: Gent-Wevelgem. There's absolutely nothing else that needs to be said other than: Biniam Girmay. What an absolute legend. It was a privilege to be there for his victory.
LET'S GO BACK...
Back to last Friday, back to the start of the E3 Harelbeke. It feels like ages ago already. The conclusion? Wow. I forgot how much Belgium loves cycling. Truly, all of this can be summed up in three ideas:
1. Belgium absolutely loves cycling. We didn't get to see it the past two years, but it has been waiting to come out and not only say hi, but shout it from the rooftops.
2. Wout Van Aert is an absolute national hero.
3. Biniam Girmay.