Big, coarse, callused hands have forever been the attribute of the virile and robust. Rachmaninov had them, and so do these four men. A gift of nature for some, but in this case, a testimony forged by years of hard and strenuous manual labour.

Photography Sarah Eechaut Writer Yves Van Kerkhove

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Clinton - Born in New Zealand. 23 years old. Professional road-racing cyclist. Rides for the PWS-Eijssen Team. His fondness for uneven cobblestones drove him to Flanders.

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Martinez - Born in Lithuania. 24 years old. Moved to Belgium to become a professional cyclist. He broke his racing bike so switched to highland games.

Martinez - Born in Lithuania. 24 years old. Moved to Belgium to become a professional cyclist. He broke his racing bike so switched to highland games.

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Jantje - Born in Zele. 51 years old. Active in the meat trade and used to carrying cow carcasses on his back.

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Achiel - Born in Sleidinge. 75 years old. Former driver who spends his retirement days on his farm.

Achiel - Born in Sleidinge. 75 years old. Former driver who spends his retirement days on his farm.

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