11 Belgians go Belgianing outside Belgium

A totally spontaneous all-Belgian breakaway was one of the few highlights on stage five of Paris-Nice.

by Iain Treloar

photography by Cor Vos


SCENE: ‘Bicycle Boyz of Belgium’ WhatsApp group chat.

O. Naesen: Tomorrow’s gonna be a snooze. Want to get the boyz together?

J. Stuyven: YES 

V. Campenaerts: 🤘

T. De Gendt: I don’t make the breakaway, I AM the breakaway. 

E. Theuns: I’ll come, but only if you don’t invite Dylan.

D. Teuns: Bro, I’m right here. 

Y. Lampaert: Brb looking at tractors. 🚜

[D. Teuns has left the group]

E. Theuns: 😂

O. Naesen: Sounds like we’ve got a crew. Just move to the front and hit it at 70 km left? 

P. Gilbert: Don’t you think that’d be a bit obvious? 

V. Campenaerts: 11 Belgians, all friends, just spontaneously riding away from the peloton in unison?

P. Gilbert: Uh, yep.

J. Stuyven: There’s no way that they can prove it was planned. 😉

O. Naesen: Nah it’s cool. It’s totally plausible that we’d all just drop the hammer at the exact same moment, on an otherwise boring-as-batshit day of Paris-Nice.

T. Declercq: 🐺

D. De Bondt: Enough with the wolfpack shit already, my dude.

T. De Gendt: g2g soigneur’s here. See you at 70 km. 

V. Campenaerts: Yeah the boyz. 🇧🇪

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