Cat and I had a fantastic day out photo-shooting the Brabantse Pijl races for the Ladies Juniors and Mens Pro. The sun was glorious, the sky so blue and Overijse hosted an exciting circuit for riders and spectators alike 🙂

We treated ourselves to a nice beer later in the evening, taking in the après-race fun and noise around Overijse. Several VIP tents hosted brollies and cheesy sounds,  but we took our table near the Het Nieuwsblad motorcycle photographers as they relished the end of their hard day’s work.

So, to cut to the chase in the Mens Pro road race, Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) took the race right to the finish line with Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge). The Belgian spectators, always hungry for a Belgian win on their soil, willed Gilbert over the line and got their champion!

Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) and Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge): a fight for first position!

Tony Gallopin (Lotto Belisol) comes in 3rd. Closely followed by Simon Geschke (Team Giant-Shimano), Björn Leukemans (Wanty – Groupe Gobert) and Nathan Haas (Garmin Sharp)

In the Ladies Junior road race, Anouk Rijff led the race right from the start line through to the finish line! Just behind her for the podium #2 and #3, Jelena Eric and Eva Maria Palm.

Anouk Rijff, winner of Ladies Junior De Brabantse Pijl 2014

Men’s race in photos

Thomas Dekker (Garmin Sharp) and Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela), De Brabantse Pijl 2014

Ben King (Garmin Sharp), De Brabantse Pijl 2014

(Team Katusha), Yohann Gène (Team Europcar) & Angelo Pagani (Bardiani CSF), De Brabantse Pijl 2014

Damien Howson (Orica-GreenEdge), De Brabantse Pijl 2014

Julian Alaphilippe, Julien Vermote et & Pieter Serry (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step), De Brabantse Pijl 2014

Wout Poels (OPQS) with Davide Rebellin (CCC) leading the CCC Polsat Polkowice team… they are so orange!! De Brabantse Pijl 2014

Michael Schär (BMC Racing Team), De Brabantse Pijl 2014

BMC team puts the hammer down nearing the final lap!…

… as Gilbert hides behind Dries Devenyns (Team Giant-Shimano) like a cat amongst the pigeons…

Post race thirst and cool down

Ladies Junior race in photos

Start up at the Ladies Junior De Brabantse Pijl 2014

Anouk Rijff heads off first from the start line at the Ladies Junior De Brabantse Pijl 2014

Taking their positions early in the race, podium winners #1, #2 and #3 of the Ladies Junior De Brabantse Pijl 2014

Rider on a colourful Canyon bike, Ladies Junior De Brabantse Pijl 2014

Coaches & Clean-ups!

BMC bikes waiting for some TLC!

Cat amongst the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step pigeons…

End of another working day for the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step wheels

A wet shiny Wilier! Ooo…er!

Trek frames taking it easy

Shy mechanic with his carbon friends 🙂

Originally published: Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 03:08 in Living matter, Monologues

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2 Responses to “De Brabantse Pijl 2014”

  1. Coach M says:

    Great pics!

    “Kevin Réza” is actually Yohann Gène.

    The solo Garmin rider is Ben King.

    The two central figures in your “CCC” pic are Wout Poels (OPQS) and Davide Rebellin (CCC) respectively.

    • Thanks Coach M!!! Cat and I were looking for the Garmin rider… what with the glasses, he could have been one of two riders but now we know! I’ll promptly update! Hope you’re having fun ‘out there’ in paradise!

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