Frank Vandenbroucke, the former cycling champion who died on 12 October in suspicious circumstances in a hotel in Senegal (see Flanders Today, last week), was buried at the weekend in his home town of Ploegsteert. The funeral had been announced by the family as a private affair, but a large crowd turned up on the day and was able to watch proceedings on a giant screen outside the church. The coffin was brought to the church from a nearby café, which is run by VDB’s mother Chantal. Numerous well-known faces from the world of cycling were present for the ceremony. The photo shows VDB’s eldest daughter, Cameron, who spoke during the service. His other daughter, Margaux, as well as his ex-wife Sarah Pinacci, were not present.