The day the crowds returned: From viking horns to the smell of beer at the Tour of Flanders

It all started with a viking horn. Florian Vermeersch, Lotto Soudal’s politician, history student, and Paris-Roubaix runner up, greeted the Antwerp crowd with a viking horn he smuggled onto the stage at the beginning of the 106th Tour of Flanders.

The 23-year-old blows the horn with all his might and the spectators in front of Antwerp’s Stadhuis go crazy in response. It is not even 10am on a bitterly cold morning in the north of Belgium, and yet this is the magic of the Tour of Flanders. 

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