The second Monument of the season has a chance to be the best of the year.
If you can believe it, only six months have passed since the last Tour of Flanders.
As a result of the pandemic virus COVID-19, the 2020 Tour of Flanders (or “Ronde van Vlaanderen” in Belgium) has been postponed until October.
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This Sunday, “the Ronde” returns to its customary place on the calendar as one of the most anticipated spring Classics in the sport.
In this article, you will find all the information you require about the most important race in Belgium.
The men’s race begins in Antwerp, and then travels southwest toward the hills of the Flemish Ardennes, a region full of small, steep cobbled climbs known as bergs.
After leaving Oudenaarde, the race focuses on two large loops that include the two hills that typically decide the winner: the long, steady, and cobbled Oude Kwaremont, and the short, steep, and cobbled Paterberg.
The course’s 264 kilometres of winding, narrow agricultural roads make it one of the toughest in professional cycling.
Since a rider’s position going into each of the day’s big climbs may frequently be the difference between winning and losing, mastering the race’s subtleties often takes years. Also, the weather can play a role in April.
The Koppenberg, located 44 kilometres from the finish line, is likely the most well-known of the 19 climbs in this year’s men’s race.
This marks the start of the race’s last stretch, which is extremely steep, cobbled, and congested.
When the leaders of the pack suddenly slow down, the rest of the riders in the pack must walk or get off their bikes to keep up. For those who aren’t in the top 25, the race is done.
Instructions on How to Watch;
The only legitimate way to watch the race in the United States and Canada is with a $150 annual or $12.50 monthly FloBikes subscription.
Live and on-demand coverage of both the men’s and women’s events, as well as extensive behind-the-scenes coverage and interviews with important riders, will be made accessible via FloBikes.com, the FloSports IOS app, and the FloSports app for Amazon FireTV, Roku, and Apple TV.
The Events of the Past Year
Three of the sport’s current biggest superstars—Julien Alaphilippe of Quick Step, Wout van Aert of Jumbo-Visma, and Mathieu van der Poel of Alpecin-Fenix—broke away in the closing 40 kilometres of last year’s men’s event, making it one of the most entertaining of the season.
Finally, it was up to van Aert and van der Poel to add another chapter to what has become one of the most intense rivalries in sports history, with the Dutchman (van der Poel) narrowly edging out the Belgian (van Aert) in a photo finish.
UAE’s Alexander Kristoff (Ronde champion in 2015) finished third in the sprint for the third consecutive year, eight seconds behind the two leaders.
Women’s race winner Chantal van den Broek-Blaak of Boels-Doelmans attacked on the Oude Kwaremont later in the day.
This allowed for optimal television coverage of both races. The Dutchwoman won in dramatic fashion by herself, with the help of her teammates who thwarted the pursuers’ efforts.
Amy Pieters won the race for second place, putting her team ahead of Lotto-Soudal and moving Lotte Kopecky down to third.
With van den Broek-victory, Blaak’s the Netherlands have amassed the most victories of any country (seven) in the competition’s 17-year history.