2010 Tour of Flanders

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    The Tour of Flanders ( Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres ) is held in Flanders, Belgium. It is held every spring, a week before Paris-Roubaix.

    The Tour of Flanders is part of the UCI ProTour and one of the so-called monuments of the European professional calendar, and contributes to the UCI World Ranking points. It is currently the most important cycling race in Belgium.

    The 2010 Tour of Flanders will take place on Sunday, April 4.

    Results and video


    The cobbled climbs
    The short, sharp cobbled hills are a feature of the Tour of Flanders.

    Kluisberg @ 99km Surface: asphalt Length: 1250m Gradient: 5.3%
    Nokereberg @ 118km Surface: cobbles Length: 375m Gradient: 5.9%
    Molenberg @ 157km Surface: cobbles/asphalt Length: 463m Gradient: 7%
    Wolvenberg @ 167km Surface: asphalt Length: 645m Gradient: 7.9%
    Oude Kwaremont @ 185km Surface: cobbles/asphalt Length: 2200m Gradient: 4%
    Paterberg @ 189km Surface: cobbles Length: 360m Gradient: 12.9%
    Koppenberg @ 195km Surface: cobbles Length: 600m Gradient: 11.6%
    Steenbeekdries @ 200km Surface: cobbles Length: 700m Gradient: 5.3%
    Taaienberg @ 203km Surface: cobbles Length: 530m Gradient: 6.6%
    Berg Ter Stene @ 213 Surface: asphalt Length: 1300m Gradient: 5%
    Leberg @ 216km Surface: asphalt Length: 950m Gradient: 4.2%
    Berendries @ 222km Surface: asphalt Length: 940m Gradient: 7%
    Valkenberg @ 227kmv Surface: asphalt Length: 540m Gradient: 8.1%
    Tenbosse @ 233km Surface: asphalt Length: 455m Gradient: 6.4%
    Eikenmolen @ 239km Surface: asphalt Length: 610m Gradient: 5.9%
    Muur-Kapelmuur @ 249km Surface: cobbles Length: 475m Gradient: 9.3%
    Bosberg @ 252km Surface: cobbles/asphalt Length: 980m Gradient: 5.8%

    Course Map and Profile
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    2010 Tour of Flanders News

    Armstrong gives his verdict on his Tour of Flanders‎: The Team RadioShack captain was very active in the second half of the race and finished as part of the chase group sprinting for fifth place, two minutes and 35 seconds behind a rampaging Fabian Cancellara. Riders such as 2008/2009 champion Stijn Devolder (Quick Step), Leif Hoste (Omega Pharma-Lotto), George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team) and Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) were also in this group, reflecting the Texan’s solid ride.
    link: Armstrong gives his verdict on his Tour of Flanders | VeloNation Cycling News and Reference

    Cancellara claims Flanders win after changing bike twice: Second behind the Saxo Bank rider, one minute 15 seconds back, was favourite Tom Boonen of Belgium with compatriot Philippe Gilbert in third at two minutes 11 seconds.

    A year after being forced to abandon the race when his chain broke on the Koppenberg climb, Cancellara looked in trouble again when he had to change his bike twice.
    Link: Cancellara claims Flanders win after changing bike twice | Reuters

    Swiss Rider Bests a Native Son in Tour of Flanders: Somewhere in the past few years, as he recorded victories in the Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo classics, won the mountainous and multiday Tour of Switzerland and finished first in the time trial in the Olympic Games and world road-race championships, Fabian Cancellara picked up the nickname Spartacus for his power and combativeness.
    Link: Cycling - Swiss Rider Bests a Native Son in Tour of Flanders - NYTimes.com

    Fabian Cancellara wins the Tour of Flanders: The Swiss added the Ronde van Vlaanderen to his long list of honours, which include three Tour de France prologue wins and victory in Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo, with a superb solo success in the 258-kilometre cobbled classic.
    link: Fabian Cancellara wins the Tour of Flanders | Sport | guardian.co.uk

    Bumps and bergs of the Tour of Flanders: Flanders never fails to show a true spectacle, and this year, Swiss man-beast Fabian Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank) slayed all, adding the Ronde van Vlaanderen "art" to his mantelpiece of a '06 Paris Roubaix cobblestone and the '08 Milan San Remo "glassware".
    Link: Cycle: Russell van Hyer blogs on the Tour of Flanders | OTHER SPORTS News

    Hoste encouraged by Flanders performance: Leif Hoste, a triple runner-up in the Tour of Flanders, was only an outsider for the win in Meerbeke after failing to show good form this season, but he was encouraged by a strong ride on Sunday.
    link: Hoste Encouraged By Flanders Performance | Cyclingnews.com

    Eisel's big day at Flanders affected by crashes: Bernhard Eisel started the Tour of Flanders in the form of his life after winning Gent-Wevelgem last week, but crashes and having to chase at the wrong time in the race meant the HTC-Columbia leader finished in 18th place, 2:35 down on winner Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank).
    Link: Eisel's Big Day At Flanders Affected By Crashes | Cyclingnews.com

    Devolder's season gamble doesn't pay off: Stijn Devolder had the chance to follow the footsteps of legendary Italian rider Fiorenzo Magni by winning the Tour of Flanders three times in a row, however, the Belgian rider didn't manage to pull off the third win. Neither did his teammate Boonen, who came short of winning his own third Ronde after Fabian Cancellara rode away on the Kapelmuur.
    Link: Devolder's Season Gamble Doesn't Pay Off | Cyclingnews.com

    Breschel fuming after mechanical mix-up at Flanders: Despite his team's success at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, Saxo Bank's Matti Breschel was furious after crossing the line, his own chances of success having been ruined by poorly executed bike change with sixty kilometres-to-go.
    Link: Breschel Fuming After Mechanical Mix-up At Flanders | Cyclingnews.com

    MIllar finds his calling in Flanders: Around thirty metres beyond the finish line of the Tour of Flanders, David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) stopped and almost slithered off his bike and onto the road. He made it to the verge, just, but he was virtually prostrate as he refueled and reflected on his best ever performance in a major Classic, and a courageous one at that, given the calibre of the two riders who were up the road when he launched a late, lone pursuit.
    Link: MIllar Finds His Calling In Flanders | Cyclingnews.com

    Boonen accepts his fate in Flanders: Belgian champion Tom Boonen felt he was an equal match in strength for Fabian Cancellara in the Tour of Flanders today, yet for the second time in a week, he found himself unable to stay on the Swiss champion's wheel. Once the gap opened on the Kapelmuur between the two riders with less than 20km to go, Boonen realized he didn't stand a chance of winning his third career title and had to settle for second place.
    Link: Boonen Accepts His Fate In Flanders | Cyclingnews.com

    Cancellara dreams of all winning all five of cycling monuments: After winning his first Tour of Flanders on Sunday afternoon, Fabian Cancellara said his next goal is to win all five of cycling's monuments. The Saxo Bank rider described the way he win the dropped Tom Boonen on the legendary Kapelmuur climb to win the Tour Flanders as the "perfect scenario".
    Link: Cancellara Dreams Of All Winning All Five Of Cycling Monuments | Cyclingnews.com

    Hincapie regrets missing Cancellara and Boonen attack: Despite finishing a creditable sixth in the Tour of Flanders, George Hincapie (BMC) cut a disappointed figure as he crossed the line and rolled to a standstill after six and a half hours in the saddle.
    Link: Hincapie Regrets Missing Cancellara And Boonen Attack | Cyclingnews.com

    198 riders start the Tour of Flanders: 198 riders rolled out of Bruges for the start of the Tour of Flanders on a wet Easter Sunday morning. Most teams had a full line-up of eight-riders but Lampre-Farnese Vini and Ag2r-La Mondiale started with just seven riders after late withdrawals on the eve of the race.
    Link: 198 Riders Start The Tour Of Flanders | Cyclingnews.com

    2010 Tour of Flanders Preview: Punishment on the Pavé: This Sunday’s Tour of Flanders will mark the second Classic of the 2010 season and, like Milan-Sanremo, the list of possible winners is long and distinguished. This year’s course offers up some changes from last year’s edition, namely the omission of the Eikenmolen climb, the launching pad used by Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) for his successive victories in 2008 and 2009.
    Link: 2010 Tour of Flanders Preview: Punishment on the Pavé | VeloNation Cycling News and Reference

    Devolder: "The Ronde van Vlaanderen is my race": Stijn Devolder has won the Ronde van Vlaanderen in the last two years and will try to defend the title tomorrow. He would become only the fifth person to win it three times. His teammate Tom Boonen can achieve the same. With four wins in five years, the Quick Step duo is the clear favorite for Sunday.
    link: Devolder: "The Ronde van Vlaanderen is my race" | VeloNation Cycling News and Reference

    Chainel and Turgot confident for Flanders after brilliant De Panne: The Bouygues Telecom pair Steve Chainel and Sébastien Turgot had an outstanding Driedaagse de Panne-Koksijde and both Frenchmen are now looking ahead to Flanders' nicest - the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Both are confident for a good result in the grueling 262km race on Easter Sunday. In an interview to French Eurosport the Bouygues riders talked about their ambitions ahead of Flanders.
    Link: Chainel and Turgot confident for Flanders after brilliant De Panne | VeloNation Cycling News and Reference

    Weather and course knowledge crucial in Flanders: The weather forecast ahead of the 94th edition of the Tour of Flanders is promising - promising that is for riders who love the typical April Flemish weather: cold, wet and windy.
    Link: Weather And Course Knowledge Crucial In Flanders | Cyclingnews.com

    Tour of Flanders: Will Chavanel continue the French charge?: Over the past few years Quick Step rider Sylvain Chavanel has shown himself to be a legitimate threat when it comes to the cobbled Classics. His journey to the north began with wins in the Dwars door Vlaanderen and Brabantse Pijl followed by a solid ride in Flanders in 2008, and solidified when manager Patrick Lefevere secured his transfer from Cofidis to the world’s top Classics squad last year.
    Link: Tour of Flanders: Will Quick Step's Sylvain Chavanel continue the French charge?

    Reimer answers Cervélo's call for Flanders: Martin Reimer will replace the injured Heinrich Haussler in the Cervélo TestTeam line-up at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday. The German rider has recovered from a crash at last week's Gent-Wevelgem and has been drafted in to support the team's now sole captain, Thor Hushovd.
    Link; Reimer Answers Cervélo's Call For Flanders | Cyclingnews.com

    Flecha suited to Flanders: The Spaniard heads into the race with good form after finishing third in last week's E3 Prijs, behind Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) and Tom Boonen (Quick Step). Tomorrow he'll compete against both riders again, as well as their teammates Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) and Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank).
    Link: Flecha Suited To Flanders | Cyclingnews.com

    Cancellara confident before Flanders: Just like at last year's world championships in Mendrisio, he appears to on the form of his life, but in his home country of Switzerland he let the emotions of going for the world title get the better of him and ruin his tactics, but he said he has learned his lesson.
    Link: Cancellara Confident Before Flanders | Cyclingnews.com

    BMC Racing Team Brings Four Strong Options to Tour of Flanders 2010: The BMC Racing Team will field a roster for tomorrow's 2010 Tour of Flanders that includes four riders who have scored top 10 finishes at the famous Belgian Classic over the past five years.

    Pozzato ill, could miss Tour of Flanders: There is a question mark over the participation of Filippo Pozzato in this weekend’s Tour of Flanders, with the Italian road race champion being hit by flu just days before the start.
    Link: Pozzato ill, could miss Tour of Flanders | VeloNation Cycling News and Reference

    The team's line-up for the 262 km race includes 2007 Tour of Flanders winner Alessandro Ballan, who additionally finished fourth in the Tour of Flanders 2008, fifth in 2006 and sixth in 2005.
    Link: BMC Racing Team Brings Four Strong Options to Tour of Flanders 2010 - Cycling News - Roadcycling.com

    Roulston in Tour of Flanders: There is no big name in his HTC-Columbia team ahead of cycling's Tour of Flanders, but Hayden Roulston is not bothered New Zealand cyclist Hayden Roulston is not too troubled about the lack of a big name in his HTC-Columbia team ahead of cycling's Tour of Flanders, starting tonight.
    Link: Radio Sport - Just Sport - New Zealand's Sports Network - Other Sports

    Astana with cards to play in Flanders: Astana will head to the Tour of Flanders in an unusually rich vein of Classics form, with Andry Grivko and Enrico Gasparotto showing good condition at this week's Three Days of De Panne.
    Link: Astana With Cards To Play In Flanders | Cyclingnews.com

    Cavendish pledges support for Eisel at Flanders: Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) will ride the Tour of Flanders this weekend with two objectives. First, he’ll aim to support Bernhard Eisel in the Austrian’s quest for victory and second, he’ll be riding to experience the race first hand, having never competed in the Belgian Classic.
    Link: Cavendish Pledges Support For Eisel At Flanders | Cyclingnews.com

    Tour of Flanders: Will Chavanel continue the French charge?: Over the past few years Quick Step rider Sylvain Chavanel has shown himself to be a legitimate threat when it comes to the cobbled Classics. His journey to the north began with wins in the Dwars door Vlaanderen and Brabantse Pijl followed by a solid ride in Flanders in 2008, and solidified when manager Patrick Lefevere secured his transfer from Cofidis to the world’s top Classics squad last year.
    Link: Tour of Flanders: Will Quick Step's Sylvain Chavanel continue the French charge?

    Armstrong trains for De Ronde: The 38-year-old American hit the cobbled roads of northern Belgium that will host Sunday's showdown with members of his RadioShack squad, including Frenchman Geoffroy Lequatre, Swiss powerhouse Gregory Rast and Yaroslav Popovych.
    Link: Armstrong Trains For De Ronde | Cyclingnews.com

    Devolder ready to support Boonen at Flanders: Two-time Tour of Flanders winner Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) has pledged his support for teammate Tom Boonen at this weekend's edition of the race, should the current Belgian Champion be in a better position to win.
    Link: Devolder Ready To Support Boonen At Flanders | Cyclingnews.com

    Pozzato confirmed for Flanders: Filippo Pozzato will definitely ride the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, according to his team. Katusha directeur sportif Jef Braeckevelt confirmed to the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws that the Italian champion would be there, despite physical problems earlier in the week.
    Link: Pozzato Confirmed For Flanders | Cyclingnews.com

    RadioShack's Lance Armstrong set for Tour of Flanders‎: Lance Armstrong has been included in Team RadioShack's squad for the Belgian one-day Tour of Flanders classic. The race on Sunday will be the seven-time Tour de France champion's first major one-day classic this season.
    Link: BBC Sport - Cycling - RadioShack's Lance Armstrong set for Tour of Flanders

    Armstrong Risks Rainy Cobbled Roads: Lance Armstrong cracked his collarbone in a warm-up race last year, setting back his preparation for the Tour de France. The Texan clearly hasn't learned a thing. On Sunday, he plans on racing in the Tour of Flanders. (Cool people call it the "Ronde van Vlaanderen.") The near-century-old race goes over steep, cobblestoned roads that would be uncomfortable in a Humvee. Add the strong likelihood of rain in Belgium this time of year and it becomes just about the most dangerous thing a professional cyclist could do. "Why bother? Ask me after the cobbled stage in this year's tour," Mr. Armstrong said via Twitter.
    Link: Armstrong Risks Ride on Wet Cobblestones - WSJ.com

    HTC-Columbia counts on Eisel for Tour of Flanders: The HTC-Columbia squad will be looking to Gent-Wevelgem winner Bernhard Eisel as its leader for the Tour of Flanders. The Austrian has "the most realistic chance of winning" on Sunday, according to director Tristan Hoffman.
    Link: HTC-Columbia Counts On Eisel For Tour Of Flanders | Cyclingnews.com

    Pozzato uncertain for Flanders: Filippo Pozzato has been hit by a serious set back in his preparation for this Sunday's Tour of Flanders, with the Italian leader of the Katusha team forced to abandon the Three Days of De Panne on Wednesday after he displayed flu-like symptoms.
    Link: Pozzato Uncertain For Flanders | Cyclingnews.com

    2010 Tour of Flanders Start List

    Quick Step
    1 Stijn Devolder (Bel)
    2 Tom Boonen (Bel)
    3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)
    4 Kevin De Weert (Bel)
    5 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel)
    6 Matteo Tosatto (Ita)
    7 Wouter Weylandt (Bel)
    8 Maarten Wynants (Bel)

    Ag2R-La Mondiale
    11 Julien Berard (Fra)
    12 Ben Gastauer (Lux)
    13 Kristof Goddaert (Bel)
    14 Sébastien Hinault (Fra)
    15 Lloyd Mondory (Fra)
    16 Anthony Ravard (Fra)
    17 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra)
    18 Gatis Smukulis (Lat)

    Astana
    21 Assan Bazayev (Kaz)
    22 Allan Davis (Aus)
    23 Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz)
    24 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita)
    25 Andriy Grivko (Ukr)
    26 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz)
    27 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz)
    28 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita)

    Caisse d'Epargne
    31 Andrey Amador (CRc)
    32 Arnaud Coyot (Fra)
    33 Mathieu Drujon (Fra)
    34 Imanol Erviti (Spa)
    35 Rui Da Costa (Por)
    36 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa)
    37 Pablo Lastras (Spa)
    38 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa)

    Euskaltel - Euskadi
    41 Javier Aramendia (Spa)
    42 Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa)
    43 Koldo Fernandez (Spa)
    44 Aitor Galdos (Spa)
    45 Inaki Isasi (Spa)
    46 Gorka Izagirre (Spa)
    47 Romain Sicard (Fra)
    48 Pablo Urtasun (Spa)

    Footon-Servetto
    51 Matthias Brandle (Aut)
    52 Ermanno Capelli (Ita)
    53 Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por)
    54 Vidal Celis Zabala (Spa)
    55 Thomas Patrick Faiers (GBr)
    56 Enrique Mata (Spa)
    57 Michele Merlo (Ita)
    58 David Vitoria (Swi)

    Française Des Jeux
    61 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra)
    62 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra)
    63 Mikael Cherel (Fra)
    64 Anthony Geslin (Fra)
    65 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra)
    66 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr)
    67 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra)
    68 Yoann Offredo (Fra)

    Lampre-Farnese Vini
    71 Alfredo Balloni (Ita)
    72 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita)
    73 Marcin Sapa (Pol)
    74 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr)
    75 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita)
    76 Danilo Hondo (Ger)
    77 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita)
    78 Simon Spilak (Slo)

    Liquigas-Doimo
    81 Daniele Bennati (Ita)
    82 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita)
    83 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita)
    84 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr)
    85 Daniel Oss (Ita)
    86 Manuel Quinziato (Ita)
    87 Fabio Sabatini (Ita)
    88 Frederik Willems (Bel)

    Omega Pharma-Lotto
    91 Mickael Delage (Fra)
    92 Michiel Elijzen (Ned)
    93 Philippe Gilbert (Bel)
    94 Leif Hoste (Bel)
    95 Sebastian Lang (Ger)
    96 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel)
    97 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel)
    98 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)

    Rabobank
    101 Lars Boom (Ned)
    102 Rick Flens (Ned)
    103 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned)
    104 Thomas Leezer (Ned)
    105 Nick Nuyens (Bel)
    106 Joost Posthuma (Ned)
    107 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned)
    108 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned)

    Sky Professional Cycling Team
    111 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor)
    112 Michael Barry (Can)
    113 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor)
    114 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa)
    115 Mathew Hayman (Aus)
    116 Ian Stannard (GBr)
    117 Christopher Sutton (Aus)
    118 Geraint Thomas (GBr)

    Garmin - Transitions
    121 Julian Dean (NZl)
    122 Tyler Farrar (USA)
    123 Matthew Wilson (Aus)
    124 Robert Hunter (RSA)
    125 Martijn Maaskant (Ned)
    126 David Millar (GBr)
    127 Svein Tuft (Can)
    128 Johan Vansummeren (Bel)

    Team HTC - Columbia
    131 Lars Ytting Bak (Den)
    132 Gert Dockx (Bel)
    133 Bernhard Eisel (Aut)
    134 Matthew Goss (Aus)
    135 Vicente Reynes (Spa)
    136 Hayden Roulston (NZl)
    137 Marcel Sieberg (Ger)
    138 Martin Velits (Svk)

    Team Katusha
    141 Marco Bandiera (Ita)
    142 Pavel Brutt (Rus)
    143 Serguei Ivanov (Rus)
    144 Kim Kirchen (Lux)
    145 Robert McEwen (Aus)
    146 Filippo Pozzato (Ita)
    147 Nikolay Trusov (Rus)
    148 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel)

    Team Milram
    151 Wim De Vocht (Bel)
    152 Markus Eichler (Ger)
    153 Thomas Fothen (Ger)
    154 Servais Knaven (Ned)
    155 Peter Wrolich (Aut)
    156 Paul Voss (Ger)
    157 Roy Sentjens (Bel)
    158 Niki Terpstra (Ned)

    Team RadioShack
    161 Lance Armstrong (USA)
    162 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu)
    163 Markel Irizar (Spa)
    164 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra)
    165 Dimitri Muravyev (Kaz)
    166 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)
    167 Grégory Rast (Swi)
    168 Sebastien Rosseler (Bel)

    Team Saxo Bank
    171 Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
    172 Matti Breschel (Den)
    173 Baden Cooke (Aus)
    174 Frank Hoj (Den)
    175 Domenik Klemme (Ger)
    176 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den)
    177 Gustav Larsson (Swe)
    178 Stuart O'Grady (Aus)

    Bbox Bouygues Telecom
    181 William Bonnet (Fra)
    182 Steve Chainel (Fra)
    183 Mathieu Claude (Fra)
    184 Yohann Gene (Fra)
    185 Saïd Haddou (Fra)
    186 Alexandre Pichot (Fra)
    187 Sébastien Turgot (Fra)
    188 Thomas Voeckler (Fra)

    BMC Racing Team
    191 Alessandro Ballan (Ita)
    192 Marcus Burghardt (Ger)
    193 George Hincapie (USA)
    194 Karsten Kroon (Ned)
    195 John Murphy (USA)
    196 Michael Schär (Swi)
    197 Jackson Stewart (USA)
    198 Danilo Wyss (Swi)

    Cervélo TestTeam
    201 Roger Hammond (GBr)
    202 Dominique Rollin (Can)
    203 Jeremy Hunt (GBr)
    204 Thor Hushovd (Nor)
    205 Martin Reimer (Ger)
    206 Brett Lancaster (Aus)
    207 Daniel Lloyd (GBr)
    208 Gabriel Rasch (Nor)

    Landbouwkrediet
    211 Frédéric Amorison (Bel)
    212 Koen Barbe (Bel)
    213 David Boucher (Fra)
    214 Steven Caethoven (Bel)
    215 Bert De Waele (Bel)
    216 Bart Dockx (Bel)
    217 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel)
    218 Geert Verheyen (Bel)

    Skil - Shimano
    221 Roy Curvers (Ned)
    222 Koen De Kort (Ned)
    223 Mitchell Docker (Aus)
    224 Floris Goesinnen (Ned)
    225 Steve Houanard (Fra)
    226 Tom Veelers (Ned)
    227 Job Vissers (Ned)
    228 Robert Wagner (Ger)

    Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
    231 Johan Coenen (Bel)
    232 Thomas De Gendt (Bel)
    233 Pieter Jacobs (Bel)
    234 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel)
    235 Geert Steurs (Bel)
    236 Preben Van Hecke (Bel)
    237 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel)
    238 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel)

    Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
    241 Borut Bozic (Slo)
    242 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel)
    243 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned)
    244 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel)
    245 Marco Marcato (Ita)
    246 Jens Mouris (Ned)
    247 Bobbie Traksel (Ned)
    248 Lieuwe Westra (Ned)


    Invited Teams
    Quickstep
    Omega Pharma-Lotto
    Caisse d'Epargne
    Euskaltel-Euskadi
    AG2R
    Française des Jeux
    Liquigas-Doimo
    Astana
    Team HTC-Columbia
    Team Radioshack
    Footon-Servetto
    Lampre - Farnese Vini
    Rabobank
    Sky Pro Cycling
    Team Garmin-Transitions
    Team Katusha
    Team Milram
    Team Saxo Bank
    BBox Bouygues Telecom
    BMC Racing Team
    Cervélo TestTeam
    Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
    Skil - Shimano
    Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
    Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team


    Recent Winners
    1990 Moreno Argentin (ITA)
    1991 Edwig van Hooydonck (BEL)
    1992 Jacky Durand (FRA)
    1993 Johan Museeuw (BEL)
    1994 Gianni Bugno (ITA)
    1995 Johan Museeuw (BEL)
    1996 Michele Bartoli (ITA)
    1997 Rolf Sørensen (DEN)
    1998 Johan Museeuw (BEL)
    1999 Peter van Petegem (BEL)
    2000 Andrei Tchmil (BEL)
    2001 Gianluca Bortolami (ITA)
    2002 Andrea Tafi (ITA)
    2003 Peter van Petegem (BEL)
    2004 Steffen Wesemann (GER)
    2005 Tom Boonen (BEL)
    2006 Tom Boonen (BEL)
    2007 Alessandro Ballan (ITA)
    2008 Stijn Devolder (BEL)
    2009 Stijn Devolder (BEL)

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  2. Andrija

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    Belgians from Flanders would be very offended if you'd tell them that the language they speak is Dutch. In fact, Dutch is dialect of Flemish. Similar to British and American English. It's English, not American. But there is American version of it.

    I've read twice, already, that Cancellara is targeting Flanders this year. If he doesn't break his chain and figures out how to outfox Quickstep, then he might win the race.
     
  3. mattp1975

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    Not sure what Devolder's form is but I suspect he will not be allowed to ride away from the field as he has the last two years. Boonen and Pozzato marked each other out of the race last year so should be interesting to see how they approach the race this year. I think Maaskant and Flecha could be lively outsiders.
     
  4. steve

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    Thanks for the info, I have updated the introduction ;)
     
  5. Andrija

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    After Saturday's victory in Harelbeke Cancellara is now widely considered as number one favorite. He's in top form, that's clear, but the race is long and unpredictable. Anything can happen... Broken chain for example. And I'm not sure that Boonen will let anyone between him and Cancellara this time.
    What puzzles me the most is Devolders form. He hasn't shown anything so far, but he's (double) defending champion. Similar situation was last year when he didn't show nothing special in weeks before De Ronde, but managed to defend the title. Convincingly I have to notice.
    This year Boonen wears national champion's jersey and we all know that Belgians would be delighted to see again their national champion on the top spot of the race's podium. Quickstep is the team whose main objectives in season are positioned in first two weeks in April. They will be hard to beat with three strong cards (Chavanell is the third card) and experience they've got.
    Pozzato will have to change tactics from last year, it didn't bring him the result he wanted. But this time he can't rely on his sprinting ability against Boonen. Boonen looks like he restored his sprinting form. So, Pozzato will have to try something before the finish line.
    That won't be easy because, besides Cancellara, there will be Gilbert and Flecha with similar approach.
    While Flecha showed his form on Saturday, situation with Gilbert isn't that clear. I can't say he's not in form, he performed well in recent races, but it wasn't enough to get a victory for his team and that pressure can harden his legs even more.
    If Eisel can keep with previously mentioned riders till the finish line, he will be on the podium for sure. Otherwise, Columbia will play on someone else.
    Liquigas, as a team, is showing great form so far. Willems, Bennati and Chichi will have to make good plan in order to fight for the victory. The key is to determine who will mark whom. If they play that right - they'll have a man on the podium.

    I really like this race... It's tradition, euphoria and passion amongst cyclists and fans which follow it.

    Edit:
    I've forgotten to mention one rider - Haussler.
    He was emphasising that this race is his main objective this season. He was very disciplined during the past winter and had good form. Problems he had during early season don't go in his favor. It's possible to pull great performance on a day despite all problems, but it is maybe to much to expect. Lots of riders are targeting this race.
     
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    Looks like Haussler is out.
    Heinrich Haussler vows to bounce back from knee injury | Latest News | Cycling Weekly
     
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    Yes, he's out. It must be huge blow for him. He intended to subordinate the whole season to this race.
    Another one who's subordinating his season to this race is Devolder and some people aren't happy with that. It doesn't bother him, in fact he's very confident and seems like he has a plan for Cancellara. Devolder Defies Critics' Barbs | Cyclingnews.com
    As I mentioned, Quickstep is team to beat.
    I'm really looking forward to Sunday and Saxo's response.
    Other teams could see their chance in this Quickstep - Saxo trickery.
     
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    My pick is going to be an outsider... Ivanov. Won Amstel last year, seasoned professional. If he follows the important moves he could spring a surprise on some of the favorites. Greg Van Avermaet to bring the bunch home.

    Odds of me having picked successfully are pretty much 0 though :p. Now I just have to find a TV channel in Africa that shows something other than soccer.
     
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    Reports are saying that Ivanov has diarrhea since last week. His team mate Pozzato is in problems too, he's got flu.
    Maybe they're bluffing. I wouldn't be surprised.
    Pozzato Uncertain For Flanders | Cyclingnews.com
     
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    Will any websites be doing live coverage?
     
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    There's only a handful of riders that can win this. I reckon Devolder is keeping his powder dry for this one!
     
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    I tip Breschel
     
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    Yeah, they won't have anyone ghey to look at.
     
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    Get a vid feed from steephill, justin, cyclingfans etc. For a big race it is usually easy to find coverage.

    I think Devolder forgot to load his gun this season, and Lefevre is not too happy about it. Boonen will be the man for Quickstep. I think Cancellara takes this; it's his major goal for the season.
     
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    Daring bet.
    It demands daring ride.
     
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    Nooo...
    It's not ghey, it's metro-sexual. Andy gave him the lead for excuse.
    Do you think he'd have nothing else to show on the road?
     
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    ... Haussler looks more like he'd have fun pounding pave. Still trying to find a language where pave means backside.
     
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    My favorites (probably wrong as always):
    *****Boonen
    ****Cancellara, Flecha
    ***Breschel, Gilbert
    **Devolder, Hushovd, Nuyens
    *Eisel, Bennati, Ivanov, Gasparotto
     
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    I'm wondering, how deep will be Cancellara's charge, if he is in the leading group after Kapelmuur?
    Just inside 1 kilometer, I think. Any deeper will be caught.
     
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