PETER SAGAN

This image was taken at the Tour de France in 2013. 

 

I walked around 10km up the slopes of Mont Ventoux on a baking hot Bastille Day in France, so hot that my trainers melted on the walk back down.

 

Peter Sagan wearing the Green Jersey as points leader had just taken all the intermediate sprints and started the climb by pulling a wheelie on the lower slopes.

By the time he had reached me he was mid-pack and in survival mode.

LUCA PAOLINI

This image was taken at the Tour of Flanders in 2015. 

 

I was situated on the back of the Kruisberg-Hotond climb as the riders approached the last two climbs of the day, the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg - the breakaway of two riders had gone up the road.

Luca Paolini was a road captain at the height of his powers, he had taken care of and delivered his teams favourited rider, Alexander Kristoff into the breakaway and on to ultimate victory. Here he was about 28km from the finish and riding in tandem with Dylan van Baarle.

SYLVAIN CHAVANEL

This image was taken at the Tour de France in 2013. 

 

The Mont Ventoux stage was held on Bastille Day, an iconic day in the life of a French bike rider. Almost without fail a French rider will go all out on the attack.

Sylvain Chavanel leads the race up the mountain with the big favourites in hot pursuit.

FABIAN CANCELLARA

This image was taken at the Tour of Flanders in 2014. 

 

I was positioned in and around the hamlet of Kwaremont, on one of the most iconic climbs of the day. The race went over here three times and right here at this moment was where Fabian Cancellara made his decisive attack.

Behind him is Sep Vanmarcke who was third that day behind Cancellara and Van Avermaet when the race finished in Oudenaarde.

 

We were that close to the riders here, you could hear every breath and effort they made as the bikes rattled over the cobbles.

KOEN DE KORT

This image was taken at the Tour of Flanders in 2015. 

 

The riders all assemble in a small square before the race begins and they prepare for the day ahead, checking and tweaking their setups.

I took this shot as De Kort was getting ready to leave for the start - he was the road captain for the Giant Alpecin team who had John Degenkolb as one of the race favourites.

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