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With Merckx in Montréal. The choice of Deceuninck-Quick-Step photographer Wout Beel

One image says more than a thousand words. That is certainly the case with the work of press photographer Maurice Terryn (1931-2016). Together with Marcel Anckaert (1930-2010), Maurice's collection of photo negatives forms the basis of the KOERS photo collection. They offer a unique insight into 50 years of cycling history in Belgium and far beyond. Terryn was the only Belgian cycling photographer to witness Merckx's third world title at the memorable World Championships in '74. He also captured the battle for the World Championship title among amateurs, women and in the team time trial.

Maurice Terryn was active between 1955 and 2005 as a press and cycling photographer. During his career, he photographed numerous races, including six times the (now defunct) French classic Bordeaux-Paris, three times Paris-Roubaix and four times the Tour of Flanders. In addition, the Tour of Switzerland and the World Cup in Montreal in 1974 are among the highlights. KOERS spoke to Deceuninck-Quick-Step photographer Wout Beel, born in Roeselare, to look at the hundreds of images from that World Championship and to select the most striking ones. You can find his choice below.

Wout Beel (°1986) is the son of Stefaan Beel, a press photographer from Roeselare, and studied photography at the Academy of Ghent. Wout is the in-house photographer for the 2019 Belgian Championship cycling team Deceuninck - Quick-Step and documents the ins and outs of The Wolfpack: "I show life as it is within the team. Not only the riders, but also the entourage. And preferably as casual as possible." In December 2020, The Wolfpack is back (Lannoo), his first photo book, was published. Texts are written by Matthias M.R. Declercq.

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