Sunday, March 30, 2008


Cycling is the second most important sport in Belgium. This time of the year, various one day races captivate the country in front of their television, often twice a week. They are known as "the classics". Many of the spring one day races happen in Belgium: take a look at the calendar of one day races. Among them Gent-Wevelgem, Brabantse Pijl, Ronde van Vlaanderen, Waalse Pijl Liege-Bastogne-Liege and others.

My top three classic races are: (1) Ronde van Vlaanderen - tour of Flanders ( (2) Paris - Roubaix and (3) Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Naturally I try to follow the races on the internet. There are various ways to follow the races. provides a subscription video feed. Sporza Radio broadcasts the races live. (Sporza, part of VRT, is the sport channel of the publicly funded national Belgian broadcasting station in Flemish). Unfortunately, the Sporza video stream is only if you live in Belgium, as the contracts with the race organizers prohibit broadcast to other countries.
Voor wie niet in Belgiƫ woont...
De livestreaming van is in het buitenland niet te bekijken, omdat er rechten op de beelden rusten. De eigenaars van de contracten (de organisatoren van de evenementen) zeggen uitdrukkelijk dat de beelden alleen op het Belgische grondgebied te bekijken mogen zijn
Anonymous internet proxies to the rescue! With any luck I will be able to follow the Ronde van Vlaanderen with the help of an anonymous internet proxy in Belgium (e.g. from aliveProxy). If you know any good ones, let me know.


SempreNaRoda said...

Hello, for me, Tour des Flandres alongside with Liege are the best, next maybe Paris-Roubaix, but i liked Classica de San Sebastian too.If i notice any live stream i tell you. i think in the eurosport maybe will do live coverage.Keep posting about cycling;)

SempreNaRoda said...

on sunday will be a link for the race


Anonymous said...

great idea. I'm also living abroad and would like to follow Sporza live stream (takes an hour before the Eurosport people recognise any of the cyclists...). I tried today via a proxy server but there seems to be a problem with the firewall. Any idea how I can get the firewall to allow me to connect via the proxy server. I'm a bit computer illiterate so keep it simple please! :-)