Tour of Flanders

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Tour of Flanders
Race details
Date Early April
Region Flanders, Belgium
Local name(s) Ronde van Vlaanderen (Dutch)
Nickname(s) De Ronde
Vlaanderens mooiste
Flanders' finest
Discipline Road
Competition UCI World Tour
Type Monument one-day race
History
First edition 1913 (1913)
Editions 96 (as of 2012)
First winner  Paul Deman (BEL)
Most wins
Most recent  Tom Boonen (BEL)

The Tour of Flanders is a Flanders Classics road cycling race. It is held in Belgium every spring. It is a week before the Paris–Roubaix road race. The Tour of Flanders is part of the UCI World Tour. It is one of the monuments of the European professional calendar. It is the most important cycling race in Flanders. Its nickname is Vlaanderens mooiste which is Dutch for "Flanders' finest".

When the race began in 1913 the starting city was Ghent with the end of the race in Mariakerke. It has changed twelve times since then. In 2012 the race starts in Bruges and ends in Oudenaarde.

The race has a number of short, sharp hills. The race gives prizes to the first cyclist to go up 17 of these hills. These hills make the race very challenging.

"Looking back, you get a bit nostalgic, but from a competitive point of view, Flanders was one of the most horrible races to ride but one of the greatest races to win." - Sean Kelly [1]

Victories per country[change | edit source]

# Country Victories
1.  Belgium 68
2.  Italy 10
3.  Netherlands 9
4.  France 3
5.  Germany 2
5.  Switzerland 2
7.  United Kingdom 1
7.  Denmark 1
Belgian Roger De Vlaeminck climbing the Koppenberg in the Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Records[change | edit source]

  • The fastest Tour of Flanders was in 2001. It was won by Italian Gianluca Bortolami: 43.6 km/h.
  • Five men share the record for victories, with three each: Italian Fiorenzo Magni and four Belgians: Achiel Buysse, won three times in the 1940s, Eric Leman, won at the beginning of the 1970s, Johan Museeuw won the race in 1993, 1995 and 1998, Tom Boonen won in 2005, 2006 and 2012.[2]
  • The nation with most victories is Belgium (68).
  • Only six riders have won two years in a row.[2]
  • The oldest winner was Andrei Tchmil in 2000 at 37 years 2 months and 11 days.

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