THE ROAD TO THE RONDE
The day before the 2016 Dwars door Vlaanderen launched a week of racing that also included E3 Prijs Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem, three bombs rocked Brussels, Belgium killing 35 and injuring more than 300. Belgium suffered through a terrible week. The world suffered with her. And the tragedy didn’t stop there.
Five days later at Gent-Wevelgem, young Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider Antoine Demoitié died in a crash. Less than 24 hours later, another young Belgian, Daan Myngheer, died following a heart attack the week prior at Criterium International.
Nothing can make up for these losses. But even when tragedy strikes and highlights the fragility of life, sport serves as a way to unite us all in our celebration of the greatest aspects of the human spirit – to overcome, to keep going against the greatest of odds, and to always strive.
Photos by Jered Gruber and Ashley Gruber