|Karel Kaers in London, 1938 (the bike is a|
|Rik van Steenbergen, youngest man to|
win the Ronde van Vlaanderen
1950 brought the second of Fiorenzo Magni's record three consecutive victories after he spent all day leading the pack with few riders willing to challenge him. Finally, he made his move on the Muur van Geraardsbergen which was a part of the race for the first time that year, forming a breakaway with André Mahé and Wim van Est. In time, they tired and fell back, leaving the Italian to cross the line with a 2'15" advantage over 2nd place Briek Schotte. The Muur, which climbs from 33m to 110m with a maximum gradient of 20%, proved too much for many riders: of 220 starters, only 21 finished.
Van Steenbergen had become the youngest man to win the Ronde in 1944, and in 2000 Andrei Tchmil - aged 37 - became the oldest, and the first Russian. That year, a new tradition called the Dorp van de Ronde was introduced to celebrate a chosen village or town along the parcours - the first town thus honoured was Ingelmunster. Tom Boonen, who was mentored by Museuuw and rivals him for the title of best Classics rider over the same time period, won in 2006 when the Dorp van de Ronde was Ichtegem, home to pub that contains a museum dedicated to 1920 winner Jules Vanhevel.
2006 also brought a second consecutive win for Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel in the Ronde van Vlaanderen voor Vrouwen.
On this day in 1949, Carlo Galetti died in Milan. The Italian cyclist - who won the Giro d'Italia in 1910, 1911 and 1912 - was born on the 26th of August 1882 and also won Milan-San Remo in 1909.
(image credit: Regula Merkt CC BY-SA 3.0)
Other cyclists born on this day: Marco Corti (Italy, 1986); Steve Houanard (France, 1986); Luis Alfredo López (Colombia, 1966); Lennart Fagerlund (Sweden, 1952); Willi Moore (Great Britain, 1947); Tan Thol (Cambodia, 1941); Jaroslav Jeřábek (Czechoslovakia, 1971); Christian Brunner (Switzerland, 1953); Sayed Esmail Hosseini (Iran, 1942); Emilio Vidal (Venezuela, 1929); Arne Petersen (Denmark, 1913, died 1990); Tim Mountford (USA, 1946); Serhiy Cherniavskiy (Ukraine, 1976); Thomas Boutellier (Switzerland, 1967).