“He is getting married.”
Photographer’s notes: My take-away image of the Oomloop het Nieuwsblad early season classic on Saturday. This is the Belgian version of the all-embarrassing stag night party where, particularly in the UK, there is great delight in parading the betrothed about the city, or even better, a foreign city, in the most embarrassing garb possible.
Here in Belgium, when the UCI pro circuit is just getting started, it becomes coal-faced, porcine adorned and released into the cycling fanatic audience.
To make sure there was a sense of pain and suffering, they attached strops of tape to his hairy legs and his, we shall call them “friends”, would reach down and pull one off. There was a constant wince in presence as they shredded his legs.