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 Parisâ€“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.
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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. 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.
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.
|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
Tour of Flanders News
Nuyens triumphs in Tour of FlandersBelgium'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. Link: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5it84rHjSfoDQLCEGESEbJLvxZcjQ?docId=CNG.f17ccd186019bcbb974a684d2c765d47.cd1
Nuyens nicks Flanders winNick 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. Link: http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12040_6850764,00.html
Tour of Flanders disappointment for Cavendish and SwiftMark 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. Link: http://www.isleofman.com/News/article.aspx?article=34758
Cancellara still the strongest, says NygaardFabian 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. Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/cancellara-still-the-strongest-says-nygaard
Fabian Cancellara looks back at â€˜an amazing raceâ€™After his impressive wins at last yearâ€™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 Stepâ€™s Sylvain Chavanel, opening a one-minute gap, it seemed that no tactics would prevent the inevitable â€” another solo victory for the three-time world time-trial champion. Link: http://velonews.competitor.com/2011/04/news/fabian-cancellara-looks-back-at-%E2%80%9Can-amazing-race%E2%80%9D_166866
Ballan and BMC show their strength at the Tour of FlandersAlessandro Ballan and his BMC team re-wrote the script for the Tour of Flanders when they successfully chased down Fabian Cancellaraâ€™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 Cancellaraâ€™s sheen of invincibility by reeling him in as the race reached the Muur. Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/ballan-and-bmc-show-their-strength-at-the-tour-of-flanders
Museeuw praises Nuyens for his Tour of Flanders tacticsThree 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. Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/museeuw-praises-nuyens-for-his-tour-of-flanders-tactics
A very different Tour of Flanders to last year, says GilbertFor 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. Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/a-very-different-tour-of-flanders-to-last-year-says-gilbert
Haussler rediscovers form for tilt at FlandersHeinrich 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. Link: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/haussler-rediscovers-form-for-tilt-at-flanders-20110402-1csbt.html
Can Fabian Cancellara do what Eddy Merckx couldnâ€™t?here has never been such an overwhelming favorite for the Tour of Flanders as Fabian Cancellara is this weekend â€¦ 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. Link: http://velonews.competitor.com/2011/04/news/tour-of-flanders-can-fabian-cancellara-do-what-eddy-merckx-couldn%E2%80%99t_166475
Pozzato looks to respond to critics at Tour of FlandersFilippo 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. Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/pozzato-looks-to-respond-to-critics-at-tour-of-flanders
Team cars open door to TV for Tour of FlandersIn 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. Link: http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest/521524/team-cars-open-door-to-tv-for-tour-of-flanders.html
Hunter withdraws from Tour of FlandersSouth 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. Link: http://www.iol.co.za/sport/cycling/hunter-withdraws-from-tour-of-flanders-1.1050994
Boonen facing Cancellara in Flanders ClassicFor 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. Link: http://supersport.com/cycling/international/news/110401/Boonen_facing_Cancellara_in_Flanders_Classic '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. Link: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/its-bloody-mad--belgiums-cobblestone-classic-a-monument-to-chaos-carnage-and-a-road-warriors-courage-20110401-1crjd.html
Gilbert ready to seize his chance in FlandersFabian Cancellara may be top of the list of favourites for most people for tomorrowâ€™s Tour of Flanders, with Tom Boonen also mentioned as a big contender, but one rider who simply canâ€™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 tomorrowâ€™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. Link: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/7985/Gilbert-ready-to-seize-his-chance-in-Flanders.aspx
Gilbert believes anything is possible in Tour of FlandersPhilippe 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. Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gilbert-believes-anything-is-possible-in-tour-of-flanders