We all know that feeling of being on the limit on a steep climb, over-geared and desperately trying to keep balanced whilst grinding slowly up the hill. In the 1987 Tour of Flanders Jesper Skippy was experiencing that exact emotion on the infamous Koppenberg – a 22% wall of rough cobbled pain. This climb is so difficult that most of the pros find themselves walking up it. With the peloton chasing him down he needed all the luck he could get to stay away – luck wasn’t on his side that day.
The Koppenburg was withdrawn from the race on safety grounds following this incident, until 2002 when it appeared again – having been resurfaced.