In pictures: on the sidelines at E3 and Gent-Wevelgem

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Around every cobbled classic gravitates a world of fans, onlookers, snappers, marshals and helpers. Photographer Chris Auld put them in the picture

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Photographs: Chris Auld
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E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem set-off an onslaught of races that sees the cycling’s world’s focus firmly fixated on the cobbled roads of Flanders and Northern France.

 

Legions of locals as well as an invasion of foreign tourists descend on these events with an unhealthy appetite for strong beer, frites mayo and sporting carnage. Why else do they cheer in the beer tents when they hear the first drops of rain falling?

 

For the 2018 editions of these two races, photographer Chris Auld turned his camera to the people who appear on the sidelines. From residents whose homes the route passes to marshals and volunteers who help out teams with spare wheels on the cobbles, Auld captures a world around the racing, their interactions with it and, by contrast, the odd occasion where the race disappears into a landscape of its own.

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