Tour of Flanders

18 October 2020

The High Mass of Flemish cycling

Due to Covid-19, the Tour of Flanders could not take place on the first weekend of April 2020. In the meantime, the organisers have designated a revised date in October and so, as an exception, the spring classic will take place in autumn this year.

When the long-awaited race signal is started at the Grote Markt in Antwerp, all of Belgium will be delirious. The race is considered the 'High Mass of cycling' and enjoys the status of a sanctuary in Flanders. After "Vlaanderens mooiste", the Tour of Flanders summer race ended in April 2019, with a victory for the Italian Alberto Bettiol, cycling affiacionados are eagerly awaiting a victory for a compatriot this year. The last Belgian to climb the podium was Philippe Gilbert in 2017, after the 250 km race.

After a period of "abstinence" since 2017, the Tour of Flanders will also be crossing the dreaded 'Muur van Gerardsbergen' again. The climb is about one kilometre in length, with a 20% incline. And as if that wasn't enough, some sections of it run over cobblestones. The organisers are expecting an enormous crowd of spectators, which they will accommodate by building a temporary fan village.

One day before the professionals, around 16,000 amateur riders, will commence the start of the 'Everyman Race'. For cycling fans, the trip to Flanders is also well worth it, because the 'Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen' (CRVV) has taken place in Oudenaarde since 2003. It is here that the glorious history of this unique event is brought to life in an interactive way.

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