On 18 February 2015, we heard the dreadful news that Claude Criquielion had died. The man who had been world champion in 1984 and repeated the feat a few years later in Ronse.
Most sporting enthusiasts have undoubtedly already seen the great documentaries by Belga Sport. These documentaries focus on the World Championship in 1998 in Ronse, where Claude (or ‘Crique’ to his friends) lost the rainbow jersey in a tumultuous sprint with Steve Bauer.
This interesting documentary covers a sprint that actually lasted five years and, if you consider the bitterness and anger, possibly even longer. Get comfy in your armchair and look back at ‘de vloek van Ronse’. Enjoy the sport!