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5th Stage Ypres-Wallers : one way from FlandersFields to Hell

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Patrick Verhoest

The already memorable 5 th stage of the Tour 2014 started in Ypres .This town is the symbol of the first World War 1914-1918 because it was the centre of the battlefields and estimated some 550 000 people died overhere in that great war . ' In Flanders Fields ' is the name of the museum located just at the start-line of the 5 th stage ...

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now..

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A glimpse in the museum ..

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a glimpse of one of the many cemeteries around Ypres ..

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All ...Heroes for Ever !

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The Tour arriving in Ypres through the Menin-gate - a war memorial dedicated to the British and commonwealth soldiers who died here ..

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Back to the cycling business now ..

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Chris didn't know at that moment that he also would not survive Flanders Fields ...

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Fans ..

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And ..even the 2 kings of Belgium , Eddy Merckx ( king of cycling ) and Filip were presented ! Tdf_52_medium

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moments for the real start ..

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off they go .. up to Hell ...

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images along the road to Wallers ..

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arriving in Wallers-Arenberg

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winner of the stage : Lars Boom .

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Nibali: great performance

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Sagan-Cancellara Tdf_73_medium TrentinTdf_75_medium Lemoine Tdf_77_medium PorteTdf_79_medium Contador Tdf_84_medium ...

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together : 10 Tour-victories !

Podium-ceremony : ...      Heroes for 1 day ...

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All pics : © Patrick Verhoest