Classic Jerseys: No.1 Flandria

Giles Belbin 11 Jun 2018 In the first of a new series, we uncover the stories behind classic jerseys, starting with a team as legendary as the region it hails from On 27th September 1979, Alain De Roo crossed the line first to win the 136km Omloop van het Houtland. The result was notable only for it being the final victory claimed by Flandria, the Belgian team that for 20 years had been a dominant force in the professional peloton. Flandria’s foundations lay in the late 1890s when a Belgian blacksmith called Louis Claeys made his first bicycle in the family’s forge in Zedelgem, West Flanders. Four of his children, Alidor, Aimé, Remi and Jerome Claeys, later formed Werkhuizen Gebroeders Claeys (The Claeys Brothers Limited), to manufacture bicycles and related products. See related Rapha launches slick new crit-racing collection Should you still wear a base layer in the summer? Christian ...

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