Philippe Gilbert won his first Tour of Flanders in spectacular fashion. He broke away from the pack at 56 kilometres to reach the finish line in Oudenaarde solo. ‘I yelled: “What should I do?”, but didn’t get any response. So I just rode on.’
Philippe Gilbert can be assured of going down in the annals of the Tour of Flanders after a genuinely spectacular round. With just 56 km to go, the Belgian champion took off all on his own, cycling across the finish line in Oudenaarde solo, a la Eddy Merckx. Greg Van Avermaet victoriously wrested the sprint away from the trio trailing Gilbert, while Niki Terpstra gave Quick-Step Floors excellent cause for celebration.
Every cycling enthusiast is getting ready for the ‘high mass of cycling’ on April 2nd :The Tour of Flanders. With the start of “Flanders Finest” in the city of Antwerp for the first time, the 101st edition is already one for the ages. And you won’t have to miss a thing!
Today the press was called together in the city hall of Geraardsbergen to anounce the route of the 2017 Ronde van Vlaanderen. With Antwerp as the new starting spot, three new bergs added and the presentation of the finale, there was a lot of news. We sumarize it all for you.
Flanders Classics, organizer of the Ronde van Vlaanderen, and the city of Oudenaarde have come to an aggreement to extend their cooperation with 6 years. Till at least 2023, Oudenaarde will remain the place where the winner of “Flanders Finest” is crowned.
Antwerp will set the new stage for the next five years of the Tour of Flanders. What’s more is that cycling fans can prepare themselves for the Muur van Geraardsbergen’s comeback, included in the Tour’s route for the first time since 2011. It is likely that the battle will once again be settled on the Oude Kwaremont and the Paterberg, before the champion of ‘Flanders’ Finest’, just like last year, will be crowned in Oudenaarde.
Fabian Cancellara was unable to crown his swansong race in Flanders with a fourth victory in the Tour of Flanders, despite the excellent performance the Swiss racer gave. Cancellara - or “Spartacus” as he is nicknamed - was left with mixed feelings.
Peter Sagan demonstrated exceptional prowess during the Tour of Flanders, but immediately after crossing the finish line his thoughts went out to two fellow racers who passed away in the very recent past: Daan Myngheer and Antoine Demoitié.
The Tour of Flanders more than lived up to our high expectations. The centenary edition of Flanders’ Finest, as the race is nicknamed in Flanders, was blessed with a marvellous race, with a world champion as its winner. Peter Sagan launched his attack early on in the race, left Sep Vanmarcke in his dust on the last climb up the Paterberg and never lost ground right up to the finish line.