World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) stars in the poster for the 70th edition of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, not in his traditional cycling kit but dressed in 18th century garb on horseback. The painting, dubbed “Where Legends Conquer” depicts the Slovakian on a white rearing horse atop a cobbled climb “with an outstretched arm, Peter the Conqueror bravely beckons forward: ‘First Kuurne, now the world!’,” according to the press release.
The art work closely resembles “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” by French painter Jacques-Louis David.
“The painting symbolizes our home-born passion for cycling. Here at the cradle of the classics. And our pride in announcing the 70th anniversary of the race. The painting is the story of ordinary people,” the organisers write. “Hundreds of proud volunteers, who passionately organize a legendary race. Against all odds, often in harsh circumstances, but always with unrelenting willpower. Our team and our unpredictable race embody all of these extraordinary qualities.
“It’s the race where multiple disciplines clash. Where the early form is demonstrated. Where sprinter teams desperately try to hold the leash. Where classic riders are always a threat. And where the weather can easily turn the contest into hell on earth. It’s the race where only legends conquer.”
Sagan won the 2017 edition of the race, besting Jasper Stuyven and Luke Rowe from a five-man breakaway.
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