A hundredth fragment of eternity


What makes the finish of a cycling race so magical?

The final scene brings together the key players in a setting which is part of the legend. These factors create an unrivalled potential for emotion. In tangible terms, for spectators watching a challenge like Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the riders' abundance of energy is much to the fore:  the succession of climbs is torture on the legs and after 250 kilometres, the continual attacks and counterattacks require efforts which go way beyond those of basic cycling movements. To be exact, the legend of the race is such that the riders must surpass themselves to win it, both on a physical and emotional level.   In the case of the Oldest of the Classics, the much sought-after share of glory takes on a particular significance. In these lands of cycling, where the thirst for achievement has been cultivated since 1892, there is only one contender every year that is capable of laying claim to the legacy of Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault: the one which manages to grasp a moment of eternity. And the performance will thrill those who are enlightened…

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