I’ve covered the political splits in Belgium before. So time for a quick update: Belgium is still without a government. This makes it Europe’s longest post-war political crisis, beating the 209 days it took to form a government in The Netherlands in 1977. If it goes on to the end of March then the Belgians will get a world record, overtaking Iraq.
Again, this doesn’t mean too much for cycling. Longer term a political crisis could spell trouble for the economy as the country has a lot of debt and fellow Eurozone countries are having to call in the IMF for a bail out.
It’s more that in advance of the classics season remember that the Lion of Flanders flag is increasingly being appropriated by politicians. It might be a much a part of the spring classics as cobbles and green sidewalls but the flag is also a political statement.