Flandriens: Big George & Briek

The record before the 2012 Ronde
(via twitter)

Big George Hincapie broke an amazing record finishing 17 Ronde van Vlaanderen surpassing the great Briek Schotte. 

Hincapie is 38 and finished in 52nd. But don't let that result sway you, it's an remarkable achievement  of 17 finishes proving that he is America's Flandrien. He is one of the most consistent and experienced of the classic riders and always a threat on the cobbles. He won the 2001 Ghent-Wevelgem. 

His next favorite challenge is Paris-Roubaix as he will, no doubt, use his Flandrien skills to compete and perhaps help guide Thor Hushovd for the big win.

Iron man 
Briek Schotte 
riding with the boys in 1992...
at the age of 73!