The isolés: An American racing in Belgium

Sean Christian
(Image credit: Sean Christian)

Interesting historical tidbit: Henri DesGrange, the man who started the Tour de France, actually hated teams and wanted to support the solo riders - the isolés - who were the privateers who paid their own entries, found their own housing, and were driven by their dreams of winning.

My name is Sean Christian and strange as it might sound, on some level it feels like I’m a modern-day Isolé. Why? Because as far as I can tell, I’m the only American Junior who has raced for a Belgian team the past two years. My team is Debondt Verandas, under Director Timmy Van Cleempete, we’re a family-based team that I would describe as mid-tier in the cutthroat junior scene in Belgium.

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