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2011 Tour of Flanders ( Ronde van Vlaanderen )

 

Said to be a race for the hard men of the professional peloton!

 

Held in Belgium every spring, a week before the Paris–Roubaix, it is the most important cycling race in Belgium. At least 800,000 fans are expected to watch the 256km race through Belgium. The short, sharp hills are a defining feature of the Ronde. 

 

 

Post your prediction for the top 5 to win $200 worth of Nalini clothing. Points are awarded for each place in the top 5 you guess;
 
1st is worth 10 pts
2nd 7 pts
3rd 5 pts
4th 3 pts
5th 1 pt
 
If you choose 1st place and 5th place, your score is 11points. 
 

The Climbs

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Kluisberg
Climbs 66m from 27m to 93m.
Maximum 11 per cent.
 
Molenberg
Climbs 32m from 24m to 56m.
Maximum 17 per cent.
 
Oude Kwaremont
Climbs 93m from 18m to 111m.
Maximum 11 per cent.
 
Koppenberg
Climbs 64m from 13m to 77m;
Maximum 25 per cent at inside of bend, otherwise 22 per cent.
 
Taaienberg
Climbs 45m from 37m to 82m.
Maximum 18 per cent.
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Berg ter Stene
Climbs 68m from 32m to 100m. 
Maximum 9 per cent.
 
Leberg
Climbs 39m from 60m to 9m. 
Maximum 15 per cent.
 
Berendries
Climbs 65m from 33m to 98m.
Maximum 14 per cent.
 
Valkenberg
Climbs 53m from 45m to 98m.

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Maximum 15 per cent.
 
Muur-Kapelmuur
Climbs 77m from 33m to 110m.
Maximum 20 per cent.
 
Bosberg
Climbs 40m from 65m to 105m.
Maximum 11 per cent.
 
Tenbosse
Climbs 28m from 45m to 73m.
Maximum 14 per cent.
 

Previous Winners

 
2000 Andrei Tchmil (BEL) Lotto-Adecco
2001 Gianluca Bortolami (ITA) Vini Caldirola
2002 Andrea Tafi (ITA) Mapei (cycling team)
2003 Peter van Petegem (BEL) Lotto-Domo
2004 Steffen Wesemann (GER) T-Mobile Team
2005 Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step-Innergetic
2006 Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step-Innergetic
2007 Alessandro Ballan (ITA) Lampre-Fondital
2008 Stijn Devolder (BEL) Quick Step
2009 Stijn Devolder (BEL) Quick Step
2010 Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Team Saxo Bank

 

 

2011 Race Map and Profile

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Tour of Flanders News

 

 

Nuyens triumphs in Tour of Flanders

Belgium's Nick Nuyens of Saxo Bank claimed the biggest victory of his cycling career when he triumphed in the Tour of Flanders one-day classic here on Sunday.
Nuyens, who was hired by Saxo Bank after classics giant Fabian Cancellara left the team, dominated a three-man sprint to beat Quick Step's Sylvain Chavanel, with Cancellara, the defending champion, a close third after 256 km of racing.
Cancellara lined up as virtually the only favourite for the second cycling 'monument' of the season having coasted to victory in a smaller classic race in midweek, and by virtue of his unrivalled domination of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix last year.
 

Nuyens nicks Flanders win

Nick Nuyens was crowned 2011 Tour of Flanders champion after outsprinting Sylvain Chavanel and Fabian Cancellara to seal the biggest victory of his career.
The Saxo Bank Sungard rider worked his way into the elite 12-man group at the foot of the Bosberg and only he and Chavanel (Quick-Step) could react when Cancellara (Leopard Trek) attacked inside the final four kilometres of action.
That same trio remained ahead as they turned onto the long closing straight, and despite another late burst from Cancellara, it was the Belgian who emerged to take a narrow but famous win in front of his home crowd.
 

Tour of Flanders disappointment for Cavendish and Swift

Mark Cavendish finished in a big group some four-and-a-half minutes behind the leaders at the Tour of Flanders in Belgium today (Sunday).
The Manx Missile had been involved in a 15-man break earlier on, but eventually came 110th in a race that was won by Saxo Bank's Nick Nuyens.
The Belgian beat Sylvain Chavanel and Swiss star Fabian Cancellara, bidding for a second consecutive Tour of Flanders victory, in a sprint for the line.
 

Cancellara still the strongest, says Nygaard

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) may have come away without the win in the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, but his team boss Brian Nygaard still believes he was the strongest rider and backed the former champion to bounce back at Paris-Roubaix.
Cancellara finished on the podium, taking third in a close sprint between winner Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank), Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) and himself.
 

Fabian Cancellara looks back at ‘an amazing race’

After his impressive wins at last year’s Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, and strong showings at Milan-San Remo and E3 Harelbeke over the past month, the Leopard-Trek rider took the start of the Ronde van Vlaanderen as the rider the rest of the 198 starters would key their tactics around.
When Cancellara attacked with 41km remaining and bridged across to Quick Step’s Sylvain Chavanel, opening a one-minute gap, it seemed that no tactics would prevent the inevitable — another solo victory for the three-time world time-trial champion.
 

Ballan and BMC show their strength at the Tour of Flanders

Alessandro Ballan and his BMC team re-wrote the script for the Tour of Flanders when they successfully chased down Fabian Cancellara’s (Leopard Trek) devastating attack in the finale. While the spoils would eventually fall to Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard), it was BMC squad that chipped away at Cancellara’s sheen of invincibility by reeling him in as the race reached the Muur.
 

Museeuw praises Nuyens for his Tour of Flanders tactics

Three time Tour of Flanders winner Johan Museeuw believes that Sunday's race was one of the most open and exciting in recent years. He praised Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) for making the race but pointed out that winner Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank) was the smartest in the race.
 

A very different Tour of Flanders to last year, says Gilbert

For one brief moment on the mythical slopes of the Bosberg, it looked as though Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) was going to dance away to victory at the Tour of Flanders. His sparkling attack saw him open up a gap on the front group but once the pursuers got organised and began to chase, Gilbert desisted and saw his Ronde dreams dissolve for another year.
 

 


 

Haussler rediscovers form for tilt at Flanders

Heinrich Haussler feels his ''punch'' is back going into the second of cycling's five ''monuments'' - the Tour of Flanders in Belgium - two weeks after it went missing in the finale of the Milan-San Remo classic in Italy, won by Australian Matt Goss.
Haussler, from Inverell, NSW, puts his stuttering finish in Milan-San Remo down to the toll of his crashes in the Paris-Nice race the week before. In one day alone he crashed three times.
 

Can Fabian Cancellara do what Eddy Merckx couldn’t?

here has never been such an overwhelming favorite for the Tour of Flanders as Fabian Cancellara is this weekend … since a certain Eddy Merckx in 1970.
That year, Merckx was at the height of his powers. He was the defending champion (having won the 1969 Flanders in a 73km solo break 5:36 ahead of runner-up Felice Gimondi) and just four days before the 1970 edition he won Ghent-Wevelgem in another solo attack, winning by 10 seconds after a late attack.
 

Pozzato looks to respond to critics at Tour of Flanders

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) will go into the Tour of Flanders with a point to prove after being criticised by sectors of the Belgian media and by his team manager Andrei Tchmil for his tactics in the finale of Milan-San Remo. Pozzato used his efforts in the final kilometre to chase down Omega Pharma-Lotto's Philippe Gilbert and missed out on the final podium.
 

Team cars open door to TV for Tour of Flanders

In a bid to prove the worth of rider radios, several team cars in tomorrow's Tour of Flanders will be fitted with cameras and microphones that will allow TV coverage of the interaction between riders and their sports directors.
In a move that race organisers Flanders Classics are claiming is a first, the cars of Leopard-Trek, Quickstep, Omega Pharma, Garmin and Saxo Bank will all be fitted with broadcast equipment. Images and sound from each team car will be beamed to a relay aircraft flying above the race and then cut into live coverage.
 

Hunter withdraws from Tour of Flanders

South Africa's Robbie Hunter has pulled out of the Tour of Flanders because of bruising to his ribs and back, his RadioShack team said Friday.
 

Boonen facing Cancellara in Flanders Classic

For most of the peloton heading into the Tour of Flanders one-day classic this Sunday, surviving the cobbles and 'bergs' and rallying the finish in Merbeke in one piece will be the main priority.
Not so for Belgium's former world champion Tom Boonen, who will be desperate to prove to fans that he has recovered, both physically and mentally, from one of the most humliating defeats of his impressive career.
Boonen has twice won the race known popularly as the 'Ronde' (Tour), the second of the five cycling 'monuments' and which is held one week before the even more gruelling French cobbled classic Paris-Roubaix.
 
'It's bloody mad' - Belgium's cobblestone classic a monument to chaos, carnage and a road warrior's courage
For one day each year, the cobblestone, potholed lanes between the farms and towns of the Flemish Ardenne in western Belgium become one of the greatest and most dramatic amphitheatres in cycling.
For many, the 258-kilometre Tour of Flanders - the second of the five ''monuments'' in cycling - might lack the glamour of the third, the Paris-Roubaix race in France - also 258km - famed for its 27 sectors of cobblestones that stretch over 57km. But anyone who lives in Flanders insists the race they know as the Ronde van Vlaanderen is the event that really matters.
 

Gilbert ready to seize his chance in Flanders

Fabian Cancellara may be top of the list of favourites for most people for tomorrow’s Tour of Flanders, with Tom Boonen also mentioned as a big contender, but one rider who simply can’t be discounted is Philippe Gilbert. He was watched closely in Milan-Sanremo, losing out on the chance of victory due to the chasing of Filippo Pozzato, yet may have a little more leeway in tomorrow’s Ronde. 
With many watching Cancellara and Boonen, Gilbert will aim to profit and to chase victory in one race he is yet to win. 
 

Gilbert believes anything is possible in Tour of Flanders

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) has said that he and the other Tour of Flanders contenders cannot afford to wait until the closing stages of the race if they wish to deny Fabian Cancellara victory on Sunday. While the Belgian acknowledged that Cancellara is the favourite, he believes that anything is possible in De Ronde.
 

 

O'Grady ready to work for Spartacus‎

Setting aside personal ambitions for "Spartacus" never feels like cycling slavery for Australian legend Stuart O'Grady.
He will be a key team-mate for Swiss ace and defending champion Fabian Cancellara at Sunday's (AEST) Tour of Flanders, one of the sport's biggest one-day classics.
About 800,000 fans are expected to watch the 256km race through road cycling's Belgian heartland.
 

Neo-pro Nizzolo to replace Wagner in Leopard Trek team for Tour of Flanders

Neo-professional Giacomo Nizzolo (Leopard Trek) will replace Robert Wagner in the team for Sunday’s Tour of Flanders after the German was ruled out through injury. He was hit by a commissars car in last week’s E3 Prijs Vlaanderen and suffered a broken leg.
Wagner's poor fortune, however, gives 22-year-old Nizzolo his first taste of the Spring Classics as Leopard Trek aims to fire Fabian Cancellara to victory.
 

Nygaard says Leopard Trek riders are winning at the right time

It’s taken a while, but last weekend showed that the Leopard Trek team is hitting form at just the right time. Fabian Cancellara dominated the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen with a long solo move, while Frank Schleck won the opening stage and the overall classification of the Critérium International. 
 

Tour of Flanders 2011: The Big Preview

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara begins his quest to make history this weekend as he seeks a second-successive Tour of Flanders (April 3) victory. Cancellara, who dominated last weekend's E3 Prijs Vlaanderen in nearby Harelbeke, is aiming to become the first rider to do the Flanders and Paris-Roubaix double twice.
Recent Ghent-Wevelgem victor Tom Boonen (Quick Step) will not only want to avenge his defeat to the Leopard-Trek rider here twelve months ago, but also give himself a chance of winning the historic double.

 

Nygaard has Cancellara as favourite for Tour of Flanders

Fabian Cancellara’s win in E3 Prijs Vlaanderen will mark him as the favourite for next weekend’s Tour of Flanders according to many, including Leopard Trek’s manager, Brian Nygaard.
Cancellara dominated E3, attacking from a group of favourites with 20 kilometres to go and soloing to the finish where he took the win by one minute. It was a performance that rekindled memories of last year’s E3, Flanders and Paris-Roubaix whitewash.
 

Cycling hell awaits Goss

Matt Goss has been in heaven for the last week, but now he knows it is time to start preparing for hell.
The 24-year-old Australian will return to racing this Sunday night (AEDT) at Gent-Wevelgem, a prestigious one-day classic in Belgium.
Goss is coming off his historic win last weekend at Milan-San Remo, one of road cycling's five "monuments" and easily the biggest result of his career.
 

Lloyd fights for Flanders start in Garmin super team

Britain's Dan Lloyd is fighting for a chance to represent super team Garmin-Cervélo at the Tour of Flanders next Sunday in Belgium.
"To be honest, I don't think I have done quite enough to make it on to the Flanders team," Lloyd said.
"In any other team, I'd probably be on the eight-man team, but it's not any other team. It's one of the best, the strongest classics team in the world in terms of how many of us there are to go for the final eight places."
 

Cancellara declares Flanders and Roubaix focus

Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara is riding Tirreno-Adriatico this week with his mind on the classics. He is thinking ahead to the first week of April, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
Cancellara wants to become the first rider in history to win both races in consecutive years.
"I am trying to do it, I am not afraid," Cancellara said. "I feel good, when it all goes well and I ramp up in the same way as last year..."
 

Leopard Trek ride reconnaissance over Tour of Flanders course

The Tour of Flanders might be over a week away with many an important race between now and then but that didn’t stop the Leopard Trek team from riding reconnaissance over the route on Thursday.
The team, led by last year’s winner Fabian Cancellara, used their recovery ride after yesterday’s Dwars door Vlaanderen to ride 70 kilometres of the most crucial sections of climbs and cobbles.
 

Spring classics hit the rough roads for the next three weeks

Wins for Rabobank and Team Sky at the late-February Belgian semi-classics Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne may have served as proverbial shots across the bow in the fight for spring-time supremacy, but by taking the win at Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday, Saxo Bank-Sungard showed itself to be ready to challenge its top rivals in the three-week campaign across western Belgium and northern France, that are collectively referred to as the cobbled classics.
 

Thomas returns to the Northern Classics

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas returns to the Northern Classics in Belgium and France one year after his debut. The British Champion raced Ghent-Wevelgem yesterday, and over the next two weeks will face Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
"I wouldn't mind winning either one to be honest. There's no real timeline, just get stuck in and keep taking my changes as they come," Thomas said yesterday morning.
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2011 Tour of Flanders Start List

 

Leopard Trek

1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi)    
2 Dominic Klemme (Ger)    
3 Stuart O'Grady (Aus)    
4 Joost Posthuma (Ned)    
5 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned)    
6 Davide Vigano (Ita)    
7 Robert Wagner (Ger)    
8 Wouter Weylandt (Bel)    

 

Team Garmin-Cervelo

11 Thor Hushovd (Nor)    
12 Tyler Farrar (USA)    
13 Roger Hammond (GBr)    
14 Heinrich Haussler (Aus)    
15 Andreas Klier (Ger)    
16 Martijn Maaskant (Ned)    
17 David Millar (GBr)    
18 Johan Van Summeren (Bel)    

 

 

Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

21 Stijn Devolder (Bel)    
22 Thomas De Gendt (Bel)    
23 Björn Leukemans (Bel)    
24 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel)    
25 Marco Marcato (Ita)    
26 Jens Mouris (Ned)    
27 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita)    
28 Lieuwe Westra (Ned)    

 

 

Quickstep Cycling Team

31 Tom Boonen (Bel)    
32 Gert Steegmans (Bel)    
33 Dries Devenyns (Bel)    
34 Kevin De Weert (Bel)    
35 Nikolas Maes (Bel)    
36 Kevin Van Impe (Bel)    
37 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)    
38 Niki Terpstra (Ned)    

 

 

Omega Pharma-Lotto

41 Philippe Gilbert (Bel)    
42 David Boucher (Fra)    
43 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel)    
44 André Greipel (Ger)    
45 Adam Hansen (Aus)    
46 Sebastian Lang (Ger)    
47 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa)    
48 Marcel Sieberg (Ger)    

 

 

Rabobank Cycling Team

51 Lars Boom (Ned)    
52 Rick Flens (Ned)    
53 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned)    
54 Thomas Leezer (Ned)    
55 Dennis Van Winden (Ned)    
56 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned)    
57 Jos Van Emden (Ned)    
58 Maarten Wynants (Bel)    

 

 

HTC-Highroad

61 Lars Ytting Bak (Den)    
62 Mark Cavendish (GBr)    
63 Bernhard Eisel (Aut)    
64 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel)    
65 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus)    
66 Hayden Roulston (NZl)    
67 Gatis Smukulis (Lat)    
68 Martin Velits (Svk)    

 

 

BMC Racing Team

71 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)    
72 Alessandro Ballan (Ita)    
73 Marcus Burghardt (Ger)    
74 George Hincapie (USA)    
75 Karsten Kroon (Ned)    
76 Taylor Phinney (USA)    
77 Manuel Quinziato (Ita)    
78 Michael Schär (Swi)    

 

 

Saxo Bank Sungard

81 Nick Nuyens (Bel)    
82 Baden Cooke (Aus)    
83 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den)    
84 Gustav Larsson (Swe)    
85 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol)    
86 Michael Mørkøv (Den)    
87 David Tanner (Aus)    
88 Matteo Tosatto (Ita)    

 

 

Sky Procycling

91 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa)    
92 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor)    
93 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor)    
94 Michael Barry (Can)    
95 Mathew Hayman (Aus)    
96 Jeremy Hunt (GBr)    
97 Ian Stannard (GBr)    
98 Geraint Thomas (GBr)    

 

 

Liquigas-Cannondale

101 Maciej Bodnar (Pol)    
102 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita)    
103 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita)    
104 Edward King (USA)    
105 Kristijan Koren (Slo)    
106 Alan Marangoni (Ita)    
107 Daniel Oss (Ita)    
108 Peter Sagan (Svk)    

 

 

Team RadioShack

111 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel)    
112 Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por)    
113 Robert Hunter (RSA)    
114 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol)    
115 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra)    
116 Robbie McEwen (Aus)    
117 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz)    
118 Grégory Rast (Swi)    

 

 

AG2R La Mondiale

121 Martin Elmiger (Swi)    
122 Kristof Goddaert (Bel)    
123 Sébastien Hinault (Fra)    
124 Steve Houanard (Fra)    
125 Romain Lemarchand (Fra)    
126 Sébastien Minard (Fra)    
127 Lloyd Mondory (Fra)    
128 Anthony Ravard (Fra)    

 

 

Pro Team Astana

131 Assan Bazayev (Kaz)    
132 Allan Davis (Aus)    
133 Maxim Gourov (Kaz)    
134 Andriy Grivko (Ukr)    
135 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz)    
136 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz)    
137 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita)    
138 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu)    

 

 

Katusha Team

141 Leif Hoste (Bel)    
142 Filippo Pozzato (Ita)    
143 Vladimir Gusev (Rus)    
144 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus)    
145 Serguei Ivanov (Rus)    
146 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr)    
147 Luca Paolini (Ita)    
148 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel)    

 

 

Lampre - ISD

151 Adriano Malori (Ita)    
152 Grega Bole (Slo)    
153 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr)    
154 Danilo Hondo (Ger)    
155 Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr)    
156 Dmytro Krivtsov (Ukr)    
157 Simon Spilak (Slo)    
158 Balint Szeghalmi (Hun)    

 

 

Movistar Team

161 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc)    
162 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa)    
163 Jesús Herrada Lopez (Spa)    
164 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu)    
165 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa)    
166 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa)    
167 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa)    
168 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa)    

 

 

Euskaltel-Euskadi

171 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa)    
172 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa)    
173 Pierre Cazaux (Fra)    
174 Koldo Fernandez (Spa)    
175 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa)    
176 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa)    
177 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa)    
178 Daniel Sesma (Spa)    

 

 

Landbouwkrediet

181 Frédéric Amorison (Bel)    
182 Koen Barbe (Bel)    
183 Bert De Waele (Bel)    
184 Bart Dockx (Bel)    
185 Matti Helminen (Fin)    
186 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel)    
187 Bobbie Traksel (Ned)    
188 Geert Verheyen (Bel)    

 

 

Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

191 Johan Coenen (Bel)    
192 Dominique Cornu (Bel)    
193 Laurens De Vreese (Bel)    
194 Pieter Jacobs (Bel)    
195 Stijn Neirynck (Bel)    
196 Preben Van Hecke (Bel)    
197 Steven Van Vooren (Bel)    
198 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel)    

 

 

Veranda's Willems - Accent

201 Steven Caethoven (Bel)    
202 James Vanlandschoot (Bel)    
203 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux)    
204 Rob Goris (Bel)    
205 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned)    
206 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel)    
207 Bram Schmitz (Ned)    
208 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned)    

 

 

Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne

211 Jens Keukeleire (Bel)    
212 Nico Sijmens (Bel)    
213 Kevin Ista (Bel)    
214 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col)    
215 Arnaud Labbe (Fra)    
216 Adrien Petit (Fra)    
217 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat)    
218 Tristan Valentin (Fra)    

 

 

FDJ

221 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra)    
222 William Bonnet (Fra)    
223 Steve Chainel (Fra)    
224 Mickaël Delage (Fra)    
225 Anthony Geslin (Fra)    
226 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra)    
227 Yoann Offredo (Fra)    
228 Dominique Rollin (Can)    

 

 

Skil - Shimano

231 Bert De Backer (Bel)    
232 Roy Curvers (Ned)    
233 Koen De Kort (Ned)    
234 Mitchell Docker (Aus)    
235 Roger Kluge (Ger)    
236 Martin Reimer (Ger)    
237 Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned)    
238 Tom Veelers (Ned)    

 

 

Team Europcar

241 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra)    
242 Mathieu Claude (Fra)    
243 Damien Gaudin (Fra)    
244 Yohann Gene (Fra)    
245 Saïd Haddou (Fra)    
246 Vincent Jerome (Fra)    
247 Alexandre Pichot (Fra)    
248 Sébastien Turgot (Fra)    

 

 

 

post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 

2010

 

 

 

Koppenberg 2008

 

 

Koppenberg 2006

 

 

 

post #4 of 27

any Internet link to see (it) the live broadcast ?

post #5 of 27

going out on a bit of limb here and tipping this one for sagan.  canc & boonen will be marking each other with gilbert trying to keep an eye on both of them.  figuring still that canc is going after another p-r.  sagan takes advantage of the hyper covering tactics and takes this one.

post #6 of 27
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by swampy1970 View Post

No Koppenberg in 2011

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/flanders-route-changed-after-cobbles-theft

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That Makka Pakka is probably interested in making the route easier for himself.

 

This sounds promissing:

 

 

Quote:
"The only problem we can have is that a breakaway goes with a few guys that can win the race. Everybody will be looking at Fabian and it's possible the race will get locked that way. That would be a very bad scenario so I hope we can open the race pretty early. If we have a lead group with some big names in it I will take the responsibility to ride to win the race and not to get second," Boonen said.


Not the nicest weather forecast too.

Could be epic race. I hope it will.

post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by vspa View Post

any Internet link to see (it) the live broadcast ?



http://www.steephill.tv/classics/tour-of-flanders/#live 

 

Looks like there are plenty of unrestricted feeds that will be airing the race.  You may have trouble finding feeds with English commentary, but there might be an English audio feed and you can mute the audio on the video feed.  Also, Versus will have coverage of the race later in the day.

 

This is always an entertaining race to watch because of the steep, but short climbs, as well as the cobbles.  Throw in some bad weather....  Could be a hell of a race. 

post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 

Post your prediction for the top 5 to win $200 worth of Nalini clothing. Points are awarded for each place in the top 5 you guess;

 

1st is worth 10 pts

2nd 7 pts

3rd 5 pts

4th 3 pts

5th 1 pt

 

If you choose 1st place and 5th place, your score is 11points. Choosing 2nd and 3rd would net you 12 points.

post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 

 

1) Fabian Cancellara
2) Philippe Gilbert
3) Peter Sagan
4) Mathew Goss
5) Heinrich Haussler
post #11 of 27

What's the deadline?

Bosberg?wink.gif

post #12 of 27
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What's the deadline?

Bosberg?wink.gif


Ha .... the start of the race is proberly fair
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Originally Posted by Andrija View Post

What's the deadline?

Bosberg?" wink.gif




Ha .... the start of the race is proberly fair


Fair.

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Fair.



Also I obviously can't win frown.gif

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Canc and Chavenal have about 50 sec advantage with 26kms to go.

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