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.
Climbs 66m from 27m to 93m.
Maximum 11 per cent.
Climbs 32m from 24m to 56m.
Maximum 17 per cent.
Climbs 93m from 18m to 111m.
Maximum 11 per cent.
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.
Berg ter Stene
Climbs 68m from 32m to 100m.
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.
Maximum 15 per cent.
Climbs 77m from 33m to 110m.
Maximum 20 per cent.
Climbs 40m from 65m to 105m.
Maximum 11 per cent.
Climbs 28m from 45m to 73m.
Maximum 14 per cent.
||Andrei Tchmil (BEL)
||Gianluca Bortolami (ITA)
||Andrea Tafi (ITA)
||Mapei (cycling team)
||Peter van Petegem (BEL)
||Steffen Wesemann (GER)
||Tom Boonen (BEL)
||Tom Boonen (BEL)
||Alessandro Ballan (ITA)
||Stijn Devolder (BEL)
||Stijn Devolder (BEL)
||Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
||Team Saxo Bank
2011 Race Map and Profile
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.