History

Belgium

1. Philippe Gilbert

Belgium

2. Greg Van Avermaet

Netherlands

3. Niki Terpstra

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2017
Belgium
Philippe Gilbert
Belgium
Greg Van Avermaet
Netherlands
Niki Terpstra
2016
Slovakia
Peter Sagan
Switzerland
Fabian Cancellara
Belgium
Sep Vanmarcke
2015
Norway
Alexander Kristoff
Netherlands
Niki Terpstra
Belgium
Greg Van Avermaet
2014
Switzerland
Fabian Cancellara
Belgium
Greg Van Avermaet
Belgium
Sep Vanmarcke
2013
Switzerland
Fabian Cancellara
Slovakia
Peter Sagan
Belgium
Jurgen Roelandts
2012
Belgium
Tom Boonen
Italy
Filippo Pozzato
Italy
Alessandro Ballan
2011
Belgium
Nick Nuyens
France
Sylvain Chavanel
Switzerland
Fabian Cancellara
2010
Switzerland
Fabian Cancellara
Belgium
Tom Boonen
Belgium
Philippe Gilbert
2009
Belgium
Stijn Devolder
Germany
Heinrich Haussler
Belgium
Philippe Gilbert
2008
Belgium
Stijn Devolder
Belgium
Nick Nuyens
Spain
Juan-Antonio Flecha
2007
Italy
Alessandro Ballan
Belgium
Leif Hoste
Italy
Luca Paolini
2006
Belgium
Tom Boonen
Belgium
Leif Hoste
United States
George Hincapie
2005
Belgium
Tom Boonen
Germany
Andreas Klier
Belgium
Peter Van Petegem
2004
Germany
Steffen Wesemann
Belgium
Leif Hoste
Belgium
Dave Bruylandts
2003
Belgium
Peter Van Petegem
Belgium
Frank Vandenbroucke
Australia
Stuart O'Grady
2002
Italy
Andrea Tafi
Belgium
Johan Museeuw
Belgium
Peter Van Petegem
2001
Italy
Gianluca Bortolami
Netherlands
Erik Dekker
Italy
Denis Zanette
2000
Belgium
Andrei Tchmil
Italy
Dario Pieri
Latvia
Romans Vainsteins
1999
Belgium
Peter Van Peteghem
Belgium
Frank Vandenbroucke
Belgium
Johan Museeuw
1998
Belgium
Johan Museeuw
Italy
Stefano Zanini
Belgium
Andrei Tchmil
1997
Denmark
Rolf Sörensen
France
Frédéric Moncassin
Italy
Franco Ballerini
1996
Italy
Michele Bartoli
Italy
Fabio Baldato
Belgium
Johan Museeuw
1995
Belgium
Johan Museeuw
Italy
Fabio Baldato
Belgium
Andrei Tchmil
1994
Italy
Gianni Bugno
Belgium
Johan Museeuw
Belgium
Andrei Tchmil
1993
Belgium
Johan Museeuw
Netherlands
Frans Maassen
Italy
Dario Bottaro
1992
France
Jacky Durand
Switzerland
Thomas Wegmüller
Belgium
Edwig Van Hooydonck
1991
Belgium
Edwig Van Hooydonck
Belgium
Johan Museeuw
Denmark
Rolf Sörensen
1990
Italy
Moreno Argentin
Belgium
Rudy Dhaenens
Netherlands
John Talen
1989
Belgium
Edwig Van Hooydonck
Belgium
Herman Frison
Norway
Dag-Otto Lauritzen
1988
Belgium
Eddy Planckaert
Australia
Phil Anderson
Netherlands
Adrie van der Poel
1987
Belgium
Claude Criquielion
Ireland
Sean Kelly
Belgium
Eric Vanderaerden
1986
Netherlands
Adrie van der Poel
Ireland
Sean Kelly
Belgium
Jean-Philippe Vandenbrande
1985
Belgium
Eric Vanderaerden
Australia
Phil Anderson
Netherlands
Hennie Kuiper
1984
Netherlands
Johan Lammerts
Ireland
Sean Kelly
Belgium
Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke
1983
Netherlands
Jan Raas
Belgium
Ludo Peeters
Belgium
Marc Sergeant
1982
Belgium
René Martens
Belgium
Eddy Planckaert
Belgium
Rudy Pevenage
1981
Netherlands
Hennie Kuiper
Netherlands
Frits Pirard
Netherlands
Jan Raas
1980
Belgium
Michel Pollentier
Italy
Francesco Moser
Netherlands
Jan Raas
1979
Netherlands
Jan Raas
Belgium
Marc Demeyer
Belgium
Daniel Willems
1978
Belgium
Walter Godefroot
Belgium
Michel Pollentier
Germany
Gregor Braun
1977
Belgium
Roger De Vlaeminck
Belgium
Freddy Martens
Belgium
Walter Planckaert
1976
Belgium
Walter Planckaert
Italy
Francesco Moser
Belgium
Marc Demeyer
1975
Belgium
Eddy Merckx
Belgium
Frans Verbeeck
Belgium
Marc Demeyer
1974
Netherlands
Cees Bal
Belgium
Frans Verbeeck
Belgium
Walter Godefroot
1973
Belgium
Eric Leman
Belgium
Freddy Martens
Belgium
Eddy Merckx
1972
Belgium
Eric Leman
Belgium
André Dierickx
Belgium
Frans Verbeeck
1971
Netherlands
Evert Dolman
Belgium
Frans Kerremans
France
Cyrille Guimard
1970
Belgium
Eric Leman
Belgium
Walter Godefroot
Belgium
Eddy Merckx
1969
Belgium
Eddy Merckx
Italy
Felice Gimondi
Italy
Marino Basso
1968
Belgium
Walter Godefroot
Belgium
Guido Reybroeck
Germany
Rudi Altig
1967
Italy
Dino Zandegu
Belgium
Noël Foré
Belgium
Eddy Merckx
1966
Belgium
Edward Sels
Italy
Adriano Durante
Belgium
Georges Van den Berghe
1965
Netherlands
Jo De Roo
Belgium
Edward Sels
Belgium
Georges Vanconingsloo
1964
Germany
Rudi Altig
Belgium
Benoni Beheyt
Netherlands
Jo De Roo
1963
Belgium
Noël Foré
Belgium
Frans Melckenbeeck
United Kingdom
Tom Simpson
1962
Belgium
Rik Van Looy
Belgium
Michel Van Aerde
Belgium
Norbert Kerckhove
1961
United Kingdom
Tom Simpson
Italy
Nino Defilippis
Netherlands
Jo De Haan
1960
Belgium
Arthur Decabooter
France
Jean Graczyk
Belgium
Rik Van Looy
1959
Belgium
Rik Van Looy
Belgium
Frans Schoubben
Belgium
Gilbert Desmet
1958
Belgium
Germain Derycke
Belgium
Willy Truye
Italy
Angelo Conterno
1957
Belgium
Fred De Bruyne
Belgium
Jef Planckaert
Belgium
Norbert Kerckhove
1956
France
Jean Forestier
Belgium
Stan Ockers
Belgium
Leon Van Daele
1955
France
Louison Bobet
Switzerland
Hugo Koblet
Belgium
Rik Van Steenbergen
1954
Belgium
Raymond Impanis
France
François Mahé
Belgium
Alfons Van Den Brande
1953
Netherlands
Wim Van Est
Belgium
Désiré Keteleer
France
Bernard Gauthier
1952
Belgium
Roger Decock
Italy
Loretto Petrucci
Belgium
Briek Schotte
1951
Italy
Fiorenzo Magni
France
Bernard Gauthier
Italy
Attilio Redolfi
1950
Italy
Fiorenzo Magni
Belgium
Briek Schotte
France
Louis Caput
1949
Italy
Fiorenzo Magni
Belgium
Valère Ollivier
Belgium
Briek Schotte
1948
Belgium
Briek Schotte
Belgium
Albert Ramon
Belgium
Marcel Rijckaert
1947
Belgium
Emiel Faignaert
Belgium
Roger Desmet
Belgium
Rik Renders
1946
Belgium
Rik Van Steenbergen
France
Louis Thiétard
Belgium
Briek Schotte
1945
Belgium
Sylvain Grysolle
Belgium
Albert Sercu
Belgium
Jef Moerenhout
1944
Belgium
Rik Van Steenbergen
Belgium
Briek Schotte
Belgium
Jef Moerenhout
1943
Belgium
Achiel Buysse
Belgium
Albert Sercu
Belgium
Camille Beeckman
1942
Belgium
Briek Schotte
Belgium
Georges Claes
Belgium
Robert Van Eenaeme
1941
Belgium
Achiel Buysse
Belgium
Gustaaf Van Overloop
Belgium
Odiel Van Den Meersschaut
1940
Belgium
Achiel Buysse
Belgium
Georges Christiaens
Belgium
Briek Schotte
1939
Belgium
Karel Kaers
Belgium
Romain Maes
Belgium
Edward Vissers
1938
Belgium
Edgard De Caluwe
Belgium
Sylvère Maes
Belgium
Marcel Kint
1937
Belgium
Michel D'Hooghe
Belgium
Hubert Deltour
Belgium
Louis Hardiquest
1936
Belgium
Louis Hardiquest
Belgium
Edgard De Caluwé
Belgium
François Neuville
1935
Belgium
Louis Duerloo
Belgium
Eloi Meulenberg
Belgium
Cornelius Leemans
1934
Belgium
Gaston Rebry
Belgium
Fons Schepers
Belgium
Felicien Vervaecke
1933
Belgium
Alfons Schepers
Belgium
Leon Tommies
Belgium
Romain Gijssels
1932
Belgium
Romain Gijssels
Belgium
Alfons Deloor
Belgium
Alfred Hamerlynck
1931
Belgium
Romain Gijssels
Belgium
Cesar Bogaert
Belgium
Jean Aerts
1930
Belgium
Frans Bonduel
Belgium
Aimé Dossche
Belgium
Emile Joly
1929
Belgium
Jef Dervaes
Belgium
Georges Ronsse
Belgium
Alfred Hamerlynck
1928
Belgium
Jan Mertens
Belgium
August Mortelmans
Belgium
Louis Delannoy
1927
Belgium
Gerard Debaets
Belgium
Gustaaf Van Slembroeck
Belgium
Maurice De Waele
1926
Belgium
Denis Verschueren
Belgium
Gustaaf Van Slembroeck
Belgium
Raymond De Corte
1925
Belgium
Julien Delbecque
Belgium
Joseph Pe
Belgium
Hector Martin
1924
Belgium
Gerard Debaets
Belgium
René Vermandel
Belgium
Félix Sellier
1923
Switzerland
Heiri Suter
France
Charles De Ruyter
Belgium
Albert Dejonghe
1922
Belgium
Léon Devos
France
Jean Brunier
France
Francis Pélissier
1921
Belgium
René Vermandel
Belgium
Jules Van Hevel
Belgium
Louis Budts
1920
Belgium
Jules Van Hevel
Belgium
Albert Dejonghe
Belgium
Fons Van Hecke
1919
Belgium
Henri Van Lerberghe
Belgium
Léon Buysse
Belgium
Jules Van Hevel
1918
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1917
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1916
Niet verreden
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1915
Niet verreden
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Niet verreden
1914
Belgium
Marcel Buysse
Belgium
Henri Van Lerberghe
Belgium
Pierre Van De Velde
1913
Belgium
Paul Deman
Belgium
Joseph Van Daele
Belgium
Victor Doms

3rd April 1994: the Italian Gianno Bugno beats Museeuw in a two-man sprint by 7 (seven!) millimetres. 1996: Museeuw finishes third after problems with his rear wheel, which began to linger during the final stage. 1997: Musseuw is knocked over mid race by Bruno Boscardin. With so many near-misses, there is a tendency to forget that Museeuw actually won “Flanders’ finest” three times in his career. Just imagine if he had been able to stretch it to four, five or even six wins? If that had been the case, there would no doubt be a statue of Johan Museeuw in the Ronde-van-Vlaanderstraat.

In spring 2005, many fans were wondering if Tom Boonen was capable of lasting the pace. 260 km is a step up from the semi-classics that he won in 2004, like the E3 Grand Prix, the Grand Prix de l’Escaut and the Gent-Wevelgem. “Tornado Tom” silenced the doubters in the final stages by tucking into a group of 6, made up of big names such as Klier, Van Petegem and Zabel. 9 km from the finish line, Boonen goes to overtake Van Petegem, who is launching an attack in the quest for his third Tour title. Boonen wastes no time and unleashes a rapid burst of speed to pull away, leaving the others in his wake as they hesitate for a fraction of a second too long.

Boonen was barely 24 years of age when he won his first Tour of Flanders, the start of a dream year. One week later, he did the double by winning the Paris-Roubaix, and later the same year he won two stages of le Tour before being crowned World Champion in Madrid. The “curse of the rainbow jersey” had no impact on Boonen. At the start of 2006, he racked up several wins and entered the Tour of Flanders as huge favourite. His team controlled the race perfectly, and when Leife Hoste picked up speed on the Valkenberg, Boonen really got things going. In a two-man sprint, Hoste – much slower – didn’t stand a chance against Boonen, who won the Tour wearing the world champion’s jersey. A standout moment in a superb career.

Over the years to come, Boonen wasn’t able to repeat his success, and twice he had to watch as his teammate Stijn Devolder won from the second line. These were difficult times for the “Balen Bomb”, with the scandal surrounding accusations of cocaine use and various problems with injuries, and many thought his career was over, especially when an impressive Fabian Cancellara overtook Boonen in 2010 on the Grammont Wall. But Boonen would bounce back, and was crowned king of the pre-season in 2012. He was the first rider to win a totally reworked Tour of Flanders when, at the end of an exhausting race, with three trips to the Oude Kwaremont and the Pateberg, he managed to see off the Italians Ballan and Pozzato in the spring in Audenarde.

In 2010, Fabian Cancellara (Wohlen bei Bern, 18th March 1981) had targeted the Tour of Flanders far in advance as his number one target for the year. The Swiss rider was true to his word and beat Tom Boonen in a one-on-one, crossing the finish line on his own. His victory three years later was no less impressive, managing to see off two of his fellow breakaway riders, Peter Sagan and Jürgen Roelandts on the Paterberg. In 2014, Cancellara scored his third victory. This time he had some company, and following a thrilling final sprin,t he managed to see off the challenge of Greg Van Avermaet, Sep Vanmarcke and Stijn Vandenbergh. He then provisionally became the most recent joint-record holder for the Tour of Flanders.

It would make a good quiz question: ‘Other than Achiel Buysee and Fiorenzo Magni, who else has won the Tour of Flanders three times?’. Cycling aficionados will quickly give you the name of Eric Leman. Unfortunately for the ex-cyclist from Lendelede, in 1998 he had to relinquish the honour of being the youngest rider to have won the Tour when Johan Museeuw became champion. In any case, he’s in good company and Leman can be extremely proud of his record in Flanders’ finest, having deserved every one of his victories. It might be worth asking Merckx the question, because no one other than the Cannibal has been beaten by the explosive Leman three times at the end of the race in the Tour of Flanders.

Following his victory in 1943, Achiel Buysse (born Lochristi, 20th December 1918 – died Wetteren, 23rd July 1984) moved into number one position in the record books with three victories in the Tour of Flanders. Because of the Second World War, at the time it was practically only Belgians competing, but this took nothing away from the quality of the race. In these circumstances, Achiel Buysse managed to win the Tour of Flanders three times. For his first win in the town of Wetteren in 1940, he pulled away on the Kwaremont and arrived alone on the cobbles of the Jan Broeckaertlaan. A year later, he won in Wetteren again, this time in a sprint and Wetteren went crazy. Two years later, Buysse replicated this performance in Gent. Achiel Buysse died of an aneurysm at the age of 65.

In 1949, the Italian Fiorenzo Magni (born Vaiano, 7th December 1920 – died Monticello Brianza, 19th October 2012) won his first Tour of Flanders title in a sprint finish, at the end of a 260 km race. He finished ahead of Briek Schotte and Valère Olivier, and in doing so became only the second winner of the Tour of Flanders. The following year, the Grammont Wall was included in the Tour for the first time, and it was here that Magni staged the decisive breakaway that led to his victory. At the end of a particularly eventful race, he finished more than two minutes ahead of his nearest challenger, Briek Schotte. In 1951, he recorded a unique achievement in the history of the Tour of Flanders: to this day, Magni is the only rider to have managed to win Flanders’ finest three times in a row. This performance earned him the nickname “The Flanders Lion”. Fiorenzo Magni died in 2012, aged 91.