Entdecken Sie mit uns die Welt von BORA. Mit zahlreichen Videos lassen wir Sie BORA live erleben. Apr 1, To say we're amped up for Sunday's showdown would be an understatement. Tour of Flanders, the second of cycling five's Monuments. Mai Die Tour of Flanders (auch bekannt als de Ronde, "die Tour"), findet in Belgien jeden Frühling statt. Es ist das wichtigste Radrennen in. The Oude Kwaremont is the longest climb at 2. Recommend for any fan of the Spring Classics and Belgian Culture. The aggressive nature of the climbs favours explosive riders, but the length of the race also requires the highest level of fitness and durability. Die hilfreichsten Kundenrezensionen auf Amazon. The strength of the smoothing can be set. Do I need a medical certificate? Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende Les Woodland is a long-time bicycle racing correspondent for several cycling publications and websites. Für alle, die mit dem Flugzeug anreisen, bieten wir Flughafentransfers zu unseren Hotels in Gent an. Alle Distanzen beinhalten die bekanntesten und signifikantesten Anstiege der Profistrecke. Nor are they content to break the racers' legs with nearly 20 steep hills. Report track Report track If this track seems like spam or the content is not "politically correct", please click on the button. Is bike hire available? But two years later he was again first across the line in Roubaix. Mit Facebook anmelden oder.
Crowds stood in huge masses along the roads and the finish was moved to Gentbrugge , in order to cope with the ever-growing number of spectators.
In bad weather and despite objection from his team manager, he maintained his effort and won the race 5' 36" ahead of Felice Gimondi , the biggest margin ever.
In the s the Tour of Flanders needed a new identity. The asphalting of many of the traditional roads and hills made the race less demanding and more riders were able to keep up with the best.
Eric Leman became the local hero when he won three times in four years, thereby equalling Buysse and Magni's record. Sprint specialist Leman outsprinted Eddy Merckx as part of a select group on each of his wins, much to the discontent of fans and organisers.
In order to preserve the Ronde's specific character, organisers increased the number of hills and searched for more backroads in the Flemish Ardennes.
In the finish was moved to Meerbeke , not far after the Muur of Geraardsbergen , which became an iconic climb of the race and of Belgian cycling.
Three years later the controversial Koppenberg was included. It marked the beginning of some sensational editions of the race.
In Eddy Merckx concluded his second win after another memorable raid to the finish. De Vlaeminck beat Maertens for fourth place, acknowledging his mistake, but stated that "he did not want Maertens to win".
In their rivalry culminated in what became a peculiar race. De Vlaeminck broke clear, but punctured shortly after and was caught by a returning Maertens.
As both riders were alone at the front of the race, De Vlaeminck refused to work. It was De Vlaeminck's only win. To this day, both protagonists make contradictory statements about what happened.
Maertens stated that the judges had told him he would be disqualified for his illegal wheel-change and that De Vlaeminck had offered him De Vlaeminck denies this, saying that he tactically stayed on Maertens' wheel, whom he considered the better sprinter.
After the race, the controversy heightened even more, when Maertens and third-place finisher Walter Planckaert tested positive for doping and were both disqualified.
The s were monopolized by Dutch and Belgian riders. Dutchman Jan Raas won twice and in Adri van der Poel concluded the fifth win in seven years by a Dutch rider.
However, the decade will forever be remembered for the apocalyptic edition of , won by Eric Vanderaerden. The year-old Belgian suffered a broken wheel before the Koppenberg, but returned to the front of the race in a group with Hennie Kuiper , Greg LeMond and his team-mate Phil Anderson.
In Claude Criquielion became the first and only French-speaking Belgian winner to date, with an attack after the Bosberg , thereby relegating Sean Kelly to second place again.
Classics specialist Kelly finished second on three occasions, but the Ronde remained the only monument classic he never won. In the race was included in the first UCI Road World Cup , a season-long competition comprising the 10 most important one-day cycling events.
In Belgian Johan Museeuw won the race in a two-man sprint with Frans Maassen and began to dominate the race for years.
Meanwhile, the Italian classics specialists were also keen on winning the race, with Moreno Argentin , Gianni Bugno and Michele Bartoli each taking one win.
The Flemish media awarded him the highest possible nickname, the Lion of Flanders. Classic riders Gianluca Bortolami and Andrea Tafi continued an Italian tradition with victories in the early s.
In the race was included in the inaugural UCI Pro Tour and in in its successor, the World Tour , so establishing its status as one of the five monuments on the cycling calendar.
Tom Boonen became the new star of Belgian cycling with two consecutive victories. Boonen was favourite to win, but could not keep up with Cancellara's high-paced attack on the Muur van Geraardsbergen.
In the Tour of Flanders was taken over by Flanders Classics , which owns most of the Flemish classic races. In their first decision, the new organizers restyled the race and moved the finish to Oudenaarde in In the Tour of Flanders celebrated its th edition , anticipated by a highly mediatized promotional campaign.
Since the race starts in Bruges , in the northwest of Flanders, close to the North Sea. After the start on the market square in the city center, the race heads south, along broad roads over the flatlands of West-Flanders.
The hills offer many opportunities to attack and are usually the decisive sites of the race. These climbs are notorious for being short but very steep, and most of them - but not all - are cobbled.
Most of the climbs are located in a relatively small area, causing the roads to turn constantly and often abruptly, which explains the winding and irregular trajectory of the finale.
The Oude Kwaremont is the longest climb at 2. Since the race finishes in Oudenaarde. The last two climbs of the race, the Oude Kwaremont and the Paterberg , are both tackled twice in a finishing circuit.
After the Paterberg comes a flat run-in towards the finish, totalling ca. Like most of cycling's classics, the route has developed considerably over the years, but it has always been run in the provinces of East-Flanders and West-Flanders.
In the first 30 years the race was run from Ghent to Ghent, although the location of the finish in Ghent changed every few years.
The first edition of headed eastward to Sint-Niklaas before following a clockwise circle through Aalst , Oudenaarde , Kortrijk , Veurne all the way to the seashore in Ostend and via Roeselare back to Ghent.
This course visited all the major cities of the two western provinces of Flanders. The course of was similar, but without the leg to the coast.
In the direction switched to a counter-clockwise course, turning south in Bruges. In the route extended to the coast again, heading out past Bruges to run along the North Sea from Blankenberge to Ostend.
The general route remained this way until Race director Karel Van Wijnendaele insisted on including the coast to the course because of his sentimental vision of Flanders.
The passage along the coast was removed when war broke out in Europe, as access to the sea was restricted. The wartime route was a loop through the interior of Flanders, but in the race returned to its pre-war route.
In the ride along the coast was abandoned for nine years, then returned in , only to disappear again in In the race had a new finish in Meerbeke , for the first time since its inception that the finish was outside the vicinity of Ghent.
The race was no longer a loop and the new finish was much closer to the hill zone , offering opportunities to include new climbs in the course finale.
The steep Muur in the center of Geraardsbergen , with its prominent chapel at the top, became one of the iconic sites of Belgian cyling and cycling in general.
In the start moved to Bruges , making a seaside passage possible again, but preserving the traditional finale over the Muur and Bosberg. The final climbs are since then Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg.
In the start was moved to Antwerp for the next five years and the Muur was placed back on the route, which still finished in Oudenaarde.
The start of the inaugural event in was on the Korenmarkt in Ghent's historic city center. Ghent, the largest city of East - and West-Flanders , hosted the World's Fair at the time of the race.
Later, the official start in Ghent moved to the fashionable Albert Hotel , close to St-Pieters Station , where riders signed on.
Journalist Fer Schroeders's critique of the move to Bruges in In Sint-Niklaas replaced Ghent as the starting location of the race, mainly because it had more space to accommodate the growing number of spectators on its large market square.
Race briefings were held in the monumental city hall. By the start had grown into a highly mediatized two-day event with a spectacle presented by Flemish television on the evening of the race.
Until then it had been a tradition that spectators could mix and meet with riders before the start. As from , the start of the race is in Antwerp , Flanders' largest city.
The finish in was on the velodrome of Mariakerke , part of greater Ghent, but failed to have the aspired success. It moved in to the Deeske Porter velodrome in neighbouring Evergem where, Van Wijnendaele recounted tongue-in-cheek, "there were a good 20 spectators more than the previous year.
Wetteren hosted the finish from until with some interruptions during World War II, when it was moved to Ghent. From to the finish was in a residential neighbourhoud in nearby Gentbrugge , on the outskirts of Ghent.
In September , it was announced that Oudenaarde would be the new host city to finish the Tour of Flanders, thereby ending a year tradition of finishing in Meerbeke.
The new arrival was part of a restyling of the race by new organiser Flanders Classics , which also saw the introduction of "loops" in the course.
Many fans and followers were upset with the altered race finale, and the organisation's decision was met with resistance.
The Tour of Flanders is known for being a strategic race, where race favourites have multiple opportunities of planning their decisive attacks.
The tactical part of the race begins in the hilly region of the Flemish Ardennes , where teams and riders often have to react to unpredictable developments and shadow favourites make anticipatory moves.
The steep nature of these hills favours an aggressive, attacking style of riding, making the Tour of Flanders an attractive race for viewing audiences.
The peloton often rushes furiously over the narrow roads towards the climbs as teams try to position their captains in the front of the group.
A climb is usually followed by a bigger road for some recovery, before taking the next small roads and climb again. As most hills are in rural locations or along small villages, the climbs themselves and the roads leading to them are often narrow, causing the peloton to stretch into a long line and frequently break into smaller groups.
Consequently, the best riders are forced to continually fight for space at the front of the pack. The race is therefore both renowned and notorious for its nervous course, with some favourites falling behind early in the race because of a crash or puncture, often unable to return to the front of the race.
As a consequence, the element of "luck" is arguably one of the reasons why there has never been a rider able to win the Tour of Flanders more than three times, as even the best and greatest specialists of their time suffer bad luck or are foiled by unpredictable race circumstances occasionally.
Since the race's restyling in , the climbs of Oude Kwaremont , Paterberg and Koppenberg , just south of Oudenaarde, are the heart of the action.
The Kwaremont is a long section of cobbles that starts sharply before gradually levelling out. It is the site where powerful riders often make the race-winning move, as Fabian Cancellara demonstrated in , when he attacked with Peter Sagan on the lower slopes of Kwaremont before distancing the Slovak on the Paterberg.
The Paterberg is the final climb of the day where fans create a carnival-like atmosphere. It is a short but cobbled climb and viciously steep.
The race culture and primal competition is an identifying factor of the Tour of Flanders. Two-time winner Peter Van Petegem stated:.
You have cobblestones and climbs and small roads, and that provides the character of the race. The short, sharp hills in the Flemish Ardennes are a defining feature of the Ronde and the places where spectators gather in vast numbers to see the race.
In recent editions 17 to 19 of these hills are included in the route, although the number is subject to change as some climbs are cut and others included almost every year.
Each climb has its own characteristics that present different challenges to the riders. The Kwaremont, is 2. The Paterberg is short and, at 20 percent, brutally steep.
The Koppenberg in Melden is the steepest hill of the race at 22 percent with a bad, very uneven cobbled surface. Its road is also extremely narrow and the high banking on either side turns it into a natural arena.
Other famous climbs include the Eikenberg , Molenberg and Taaienberg. The Koppenberg has been dropped some years because it was deemed too difficult and too dangerous.
Particularly when wet weather had made the cobbles slippery, it was hard for riders to take the steep slopes all the way riding.
One rider falling could bring many others down and, in turn, halt those behind, who often had to shoulder their bikes and run up the remainder of the hill.
In Danish rider Jesper Skibby slipped and fell on the slick cobbles, before being run over by an official's car who tried to pass him. The Koppenberg returned in after its surface was repaved.
It was briefly dropped in but was included again in after the city of Oudenaarde had renovated it. Following cars are diverted before the foot of the climb to avoid chaos.
In , the 19 climbs were: Climbs 66m from 27m to 93m. Maximum 11 per cent. Climbs 32m from 24m to 56m. Maximum 17 per cent. Broekstraat, Kwaremontplein, Schilderstraat, Kluisbergen.
Climbs 93m from 18m to m. Climbs 64m from 13m to 77m; Maximum 25 per cent at inside of bend, otherwise 22 per cent.
Climbs 45m from 37m to 82m. Maximum 18 per cent. Climbs 68m from 32m to m. Maximum 9 per cent. Climbs 39m from 60m to 9m. Maximum 15 per cent. Climbs 65m from 33m to 98m.
Maximum 14 per cent. Climbs 53m from 45m to 98m. Abdijstraat, Ouderbergstraat, Oudeberg, Geraardsbergen. Climbs 77m from 33m to m. Maximum 20 per cent.
Climbs 40m from 65m to m. Climbs 28m from 45m to 73m. Additional to the hills, the course traditionally includes a number of flat sections of cobbled roads.
Ask us about some great VIP options. There are four routes for the Tour of Flanders - a full km starting in Antwerp and three shorter distances starting in Oudenaarde.
All routes finish in Oudenaarde. The long route is the closest replica to the pro race but the first 80km are pretty dull. The routes out of Oudenaarde are all action packed from the beginning.
The key feature of the routes is the relentlessness of the bergs, coming at you every 5 to 7km so by the end your legs are well and truly sapped.
The easiest way to get to Oudenaarde is by driving - approx 1hr45 from Calais. Alternatives are flying to Brussels 1hr away or Eurostar.
We deliver your race packs to your hotel on Friday. Long route transfers to Antwerp leave Oudenaarde at If you are staying in Antwerp there is a return shuttle at There is a rolling start for all routes.
The long route should start in Antwerp between 7am and 8am. The medium and short routes start in Oudenaarde between 7am and 9am for the medium and 7am and 10am for the short route.
Arrive early on the Friday and join us for a 50km warm up loop from Oudenaarde. Our local guides take us to the Koppenberg, Kwaremont and Paterberg giving a cobble riding masterclass to help you smash the bergs on the sportive.
We have minimum three night stays in Oudenaarde. Arrive early to join us for the warm up ride with a cobbled masterclass from our expert local guides.
Sportive Date 6th April Nights Available 2 to 4 Nights. Tour of Flanders By Sportive Breaks. There was, eventually, a general regrouping behind, though, as ever, the Ronde proved an elimination race.
With 35 kilometres to go, the race finally seemed to be settling into its anticipated script, as Sagan and Van Avermaet went clear over the Taaienberg in a chasing group that swelled to include Van Baarle, Naesen, Yoann Offredo Wanty-Gobert , Trentin and Fabio Felline Trek-Segafredo , and this septet hit the base of the Kwaremont for the final time just under a minute down on Gilbert.
When Sagan took up the reins near the top, only Van Avermaet and Naesen could follow, but in an instant, their already guttering hopes were extinguished.
Sagan struck a barrier at the roadside — it seemed as his bike was hooked by a billowing advertising banner — and Van Avermaet and Naesen came down with him.
Van Avermaet remounted immediately, while Sagan waited for a replacement bike, knowing his chance of a repeat Ronde was gone.
Up ahead, Gilbert betrayed his first signs of suffering on the Paterberg, where he struggled to keep his gear turning over, but he crested the summit with 50 seconds in hand on a chase group made up of Van Baarle, a bloodied Van Avermaet and his Quick-Step teammate Niki Terpstra, who came from a long, long way back to bridge up.
At that point, Gilbert looked every inch the winner, but the ferocity of Van Avermaet's pursuit, allied to a stiff headwind, made for a nervous spell around the 5km-to-go banner, when seconds began crumbling off his advantage.
By the flamme rouge, however, Gilbert had steadied the ship, and he could sit up and celebrate his win as he pedalled up the long finishing straight in Oudenaarde.
On crossing the line, Gilbert stepped off his bike and lifted it over his head. It was a wonder he had the strength to do so.
I was riding a very strong race and we were chasing very hard, but some people weren't contributing to the chase. It was better when we got to the final - once you get away there, you can take some time back.
But Phil had a minute by then, and it was very hard. Gilbert hadn't raced the Ronde since , as BMC had preferred to deploy him in the Ardennes to give Van Avermaet sole leadership on the cobbles.
On signing him for Quick-Step Floors during the off-season, Patrick Lefevere had no misgivings about adding another potential leader to his Ronde line-up.
He clasped Gilbert in a hug by the podium. The st edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen was the start of a new era, as Antwerp hosted the start of Vlaanderens Mooiste for the first time, after 19 years in Bruges.
From there, BMC and Bora-Hansgrohe took the initiative to keep the octet under control, with the pace in the peloton eventually rising after the first ascent of the Kwaremont, with kilometres to go.
A number of nervous crashes took place, too, as the peloton bottlenecked on narrow roads, with Taylor Phinney Cannondale-Drapac among the victims.