History

Belgium

1. Philippe Gilbert

Belgium

2. Greg Van Avermaet

Netherlands

3. Niki Terpstra

  • Netherlands
    4. Dylan Van Baarle
  • Norway
    5. Alexander Kristoff
  • Italy
    6. Sacha Modolo
  • Germany
    7. John Degenkolb
  • Italy
    8. Filippo Pozzato
  • France
    9. Sylvain Chavanel
  • Italy
    10. Sonny Colbrelli
  • Denmark
    11. Michael Valgren Andersen
  • Australia
    12. Luke Durbridge
  • Italy
    13. Matteo Trentin
  • France
    14. Yoann Offredo
  • Italy
    15. Gianni Moscon
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2017
BE
Philippe Gilbert
BE
Greg Van Avermaet
NL
Niki Terpstra
2016
SK
Peter Sagan
CH
Fabian Cancellara
BE
Sep Vanmarcke
2015
NO
Alexander Kristoff
NL
Niki Terpstra
BE
Greg Van Avermaet
2014
CH
Fabian Cancellara
BE
Greg Van Avermaet
BE
Sep Vanmarcke
2013
CH
Fabian Cancellara
SK
Peter Sagan
BE
Jurgen Roelandts
2012
BE
Tom Boonen
IT
Filippo Pozzato
IT
Alessandro Ballan
2011
BE
Nick Nuyens
FR
Sylvain Chavanel
CH
Fabian Cancellara
2010
CH
Fabian Cancellara
BE
Tom Boonen
BE
Philippe Gilbert
2009
BE
Stijn Devolder
DE
Heinrich Haussler
BE
Philippe Gilbert
2008
BE
Stijn Devolder
BE
Nick Nuyens
ES
Juan-Antonio Flecha
2007
IT
Alessandro Ballan
BE
Leif Hoste
IT
Luca Paolini
2006
BE
Tom Boonen
BE
Leif Hoste
US
George Hincapie
2005
BE
Tom Boonen
DE
Andreas Klier
BE
Peter Van Petegem
2004
DE
Steffen Wesemann
BE
Leif Hoste
BE
Dave Bruylandts
2003
BE
Peter Van Petegem
BE
Frank Vandenbroucke
AU
Stuart O'Grady
2002
IT
Andrea Tafi
BE
Johan Museeuw
BE
Peter Van Petegem
2001
IT
Gianluca Bortolami
NL
Erik Dekker
IT
Denis Zanette
2000
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Andrei Tchmil
IT
Dario Pieri
LV
Romans Vainsteins
1999
BE
Peter Van Peteghem
BE
Frank Vandenbroucke
BE
Johan Museeuw
1998
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Johan Museeuw
IT
Stefano Zanini
BE
Andrei Tchmil
1997
DK
Rolf Sörensen
FR
Frédéric Moncassin
IT
Franco Ballerini
1996
IT
Michele Bartoli
IT
Fabio Baldato
BE
Johan Museeuw
1995
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Johan Museeuw
IT
Fabio Baldato
BE
Andrei Tchmil
1994
IT
Gianni Bugno
BE
Johan Museeuw
BE
Andrei Tchmil
1993
BE
Johan Museeuw
NL
Frans Maassen
IT
Dario Bottaro
1992
FR
Jacky Durand
CH
Thomas Wegmüller
BE
Edwig Van Hooydonck
1991
BE
Edwig Van Hooydonck
BE
Johan Museeuw
DK
Rolf Sörensen
1990
IT
Moreno Argentin
BE
Rudy Dhaenens
NL
John Talen
1989
BE
Edwig Van Hooydonck
BE
Herman Frison
NO
Dag-Otto Lauritzen
1988
BE
Eddy Planckaert
AU
Phil Anderson
NL
Adrie van der Poel
1987
BE
Claude Criquielion
IE
Sean Kelly
BE
Eric Vanderaerden
1986
NL
Adrie van der Poel
IE
Sean Kelly
BE
Jean-Philippe Vandenbrande
1985
BE
Eric Vanderaerden
AU
Phil Anderson
NL
Hennie Kuiper
1984
NL
Johan Lammerts
IE
Sean Kelly
BE
Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke
1983
NL
Jan Raas
BE
Ludo Peeters
BE
Marc Sergeant
1982
BE
René Martens
BE
Eddy Planckaert
BE
Rudy Pevenage
1981
NL
Hennie Kuiper
NL
Frits Pirard
NL
Jan Raas
1980
BE
Michel Pollentier
IT
Francesco Moser
NL
Jan Raas
1979
NL
Jan Raas
BE
Marc Demeyer
BE
Daniel Willems
1978
BE
Walter Godefroot
BE
Michel Pollentier
DE
Gregor Braun
1977
BE
Roger De Vlaeminck
BE
Freddy Martens
BE
Walter Planckaert
1976
BE
Walter Planckaert
IT
Francesco Moser
BE
Marc Demeyer
1975
BE
Eddy Merckx
BE
Frans Verbeeck
BE
Marc Demeyer
1974
NL
Cees Bal
BE
Frans Verbeeck
BE
Walter Godefroot
1973
BE
Eric Leman
BE
Freddy Martens
BE
Eddy Merckx
1972
BE
Eric Leman
BE
André Dierickx
BE
Frans Verbeeck
1971
NL
Evert Dolman
BE
Frans Kerremans
FR
Cyrille Guimard
1970
BE
Eric Leman
BE
Walter Godefroot
BE
Eddy Merckx
1969
BE
Eddy Merckx
IT
Felice Gimondi
IT
Marino Basso
1968
BE
Walter Godefroot
BE
Guido Reybroeck
DE
Rudi Altig
1967
IT
Dino Zandegu
BE
Noël Foré
BE
Eddy Merckx
1966
BE
Edward Sels
IT
Adriano Durante
BE
Georges Van den Berghe
1965
NL
Jo de Roo
BE
Edward Sels
BE
Georges Vanconingsloo
1964
DE
Rudi Altig
BE
Benoni Beheyt
NL
Jo de Roo
1963
BE
Noël Foré
BE
Frans Melckenbeeck
GB
Tom Simpson
1962
BE
Rik Van Looy
BE
Michel Van Aerde
BE
Norbert Kerckhove
1961
GB
Tom Simpson
IT
Nino Defilippis
NL
Jo De Haan
1960
BE
Arthur Decabooter
FR
Jean Graczyk
BE
Rik Van Looy
1959
BE
Rik Van Looy
BE
Frans Schoubben
BE
Gilbert Desmet
1958
BE
Germain Derycke
BE
Willy Truye
IT
Angelo Conterno
1957
BE
Fred De Bruyne
BE
Jef Planckaert
BE
Norbert Kerckhove
1956
FR
Jean Forestier
BE
Stan Ockers
BE
Leon Van Daele
1955
FR
Louison Bobet
CH
Hugo Koblet
BE
Rik Van Steenbergen
1954
BE
Raymond Impanis
FR
François Mahé
BE
Alfons Van Den Brande
1953
NL
Wim Van Est
BE
Désiré Keteleer
FR
Bernard Gauthier
1952
BE
Roger Decock
IT
Loretto Petrucci
BE
Briek Schotte
1951
IT
Fiorenzo Magni
FR
Bernard Gauthier
IT
Attilio Redolfi
1950
IT
Fiorenzo Magni
BE
Briek Schotte
FR
Louis Caput
1949
IT
Fiorenzo Magni
BE
Valère Ollivier
BE
Briek Schotte
1948
BE
Briek Schotte
BE
Albert Ramon
BE
Marcel Rijckaert
1947
BE
Emiel Faignaert
BE
Roger Desmet
BE
Rik Renders
1946
BE
Rik Van Steenbergen
FR
Louis Thiétard
BE
Briek Schotte
1945
BE
Sylvain Grysolle
BE
Albert Sercu
BE
Jef Moerenhout
1944
BE
Rik Van Steenbergen
BE
Briek Schotte
BE
Jef Moerenhout
1943
BE
Achiel Buysse
BE
Albert Sercu
BE
Camille Beeckman
1942
BE
Briek Schotte
BE
Georges Claes
BE
Robert Van Eenaeme
1941
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Achiel Buysse
BE
Gustaaf Van Overloop
BE
Odiel Van Den Meersschaut
1940
BE
Achiel Buysse
BE
Georges Christiaens
BE
Briek Schotte
1939
BE
Karel Kaers
BE
Romain Maes
BE
Edward Vissers
1938
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Edgard De Caluwe
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Sylvère Maes
BE
Marcel Kint
1937
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Michel D'Hooghe
BE
Hubert Deltour
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Louis Hardiquest
1936
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Louis Hardiquest
BE
Edgard De Caluwé
BE
François Neuville
1935
BE
Louis Duerloo
BE
Eloi Meulenberg
BE
Cornelius Leemans
1934
BE
Gaston Rebry
BE
Fons Schepers
BE
Felicien Vervaecke
1933
BE
Alfons Schepers
BE
Leon Tommies
BE
Romain Gijssels
1932
BE
Romain Gijssels
BE
Alfons Deloor
BE
Alfred Hamerlynck
1931
BE
Romain Gijssels
BE
Cesar Bogaert
BE
Jean Aerts
1930
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Frans Bonduel
BE
Aimé Dossche
BE
Emile Joly
1929
BE
Jef Dervaes
BE
Georges Ronsse
BE
Alfred Hamerlynck
1928
BE
Jan Mertens
BE
August Mortelmans
BE
Louis Delannoy
1927
BE
Gerard Debaets
BE
Gustaaf Van Slembroeck
BE
Maurice De Waele
1926
BE
Denis Verschueren
BE
Gustaaf Van Slembroeck
BE
Raymond De Corte
1925
BE
Julien Delbecque
BE
Joseph Pe
BE
Hector Martin
1924
BE
Gerard Debaets
BE
René Vermandel
BE
Félix Sellier
1923
CH
Heiri Suter
FR
Charles De Ruyter
BE
Albert Dejonghe
1922
BE
Léon Devos
FR
Jean Brunier
FR
Francis Pélissier
1921
BE
René Vermandel
BE
Jules Van Hevel
BE
Louis Budts
1920
BE
Jules Van Hevel
BE
Albert Dejonghe
BE
Fons Van Hecke
1919
BE
Henri Van Lerberghe
BE
Léon Buysse
BE
Jules Van Hevel
1918
Niet verreden
Niet verreden
Niet verreden
1917
Niet verreden
Niet verreden
Niet verreden
1916
Niet verreden
Niet verreden
Niet verreden
1915
Niet verreden
Niet verreden
Niet verreden
1914
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Marcel Buysse
BE
Henri Van Lerberghe
BE
Pierre Van De Velde
1913
BE
Paul Deman
BE
Joseph Van Daele
BE
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.