Onboard footage from the Tour of Flanders

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) won yesterday's Tour of Flanders after outsprinting his breakaway companion Niki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep). Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) took third place ahead of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo). Kristoff and Terpstra had gone clear after the ascent of the Kruisberg, and despite Van Avermaet and Sagan putting in a spirited chase, they weren't to be caught. The leading two...

Highlights of the Women’s Tour of Flanders

The italian rider Elisa Longo-Borghini (Wiggle Honda) won yesterday's Tour of Flanders following a solo breakaway. Longo-Borghini finished 43" ahead of team mate Jolien D'Hoore who outsprinted Anna Van Der Breggen (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team). Longo-Borghini broke away from the peloton with about 20 kilometers to go to win the third race in the World Cup, which covered 145...

Neutral service car causes terrible crash at the Tour of Flanders

The driver of one of the Shimano neutral service cars at the Tour of Flanders has collided with Jesse Sergent (Trek Factory Racing), when trying to overtake the rider. Sergent had been a member of the lead group when he was hit by the car, throwing him to the ground. The rider from New Zealand had been in good form this...

Great Irish win at the Tour of Flanders as Matt Brammeier wins his weight in beer.

We posted earlier that Matt Brammeier (MTN-Qhubeka) was focused on winning a particular prize at the Tour of Flanders today. It had been announced that the first rider to pass through the village of Sint Eloois Winkel after 34kms would win his weight in beer. Brammeier had shown his intent by placing a label on his handlebars with the...

Tour of Flanders map, climbs and startlist

STARTLIST Trek Factory Racing 1. DEVOLDER Stijn 2. IRIZAR Markel 3. POPOVYCH Yaroslav 4. RAST Gregory 5. ROULSTON Hayden 6. SERGENT Jesse 7. STUYVEN Jasper 8. BEPPU Fumiyuki Etixx - Quick Step 11. TERPSTRA Niki 12. KEISSE Iljo 13. LAMPAERT Yves 14. MAES Nikolas 15. ŠTYBAR Zdeněk 16. TRENTIN Matteo 17. VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume 18. VANDENBERGH Stijn Lotto Soudal 21. ROELANDTS Jurgen 22. BAK Lars Ytting 23. BENOOT Tiesj 24. DE BIE Sean 25. BROECKX Stig 26. DEBUSSCHERE Jens 27. GREIPEL André 28. SIEBERG...

Looks like Matt Brammeier is keen to win his weight in beer

In today's Tour of Flanders, the first rider to pass through the village of Sint Eloois Winkel after 34kms will win a decent enough prize. The vilage is home to the Steene Molen brewery, and they have announced that the first rider to pass through the village will win his weight in beer. It seems that Matt Brammeier (MTN-Qhubeka) is particularly...

“He’s relaxed and that’s the time when you can perform much better” Sean Kelly’s prediction for Flanders

We caught up with Sean Kelly earlier in the week to discuss a number of subjects including who he thinks is going to win the Tour of Flanders. This is what he said. “Sunday’s situation has changed a lot with Cancellara and Boonen out. I think it’s a different race altogether now as those teams would have been controlling the...

Cyclists speak ahead of the Tour of Flanders cyclosportive

The Tour of Flanders cyclosportive is amongst the biggest sportives in the world, attracting 16,000 cyclists. The event takes place the day before the race, and has a choice of three different distances, 254km (2100 metres of climbing), 134km (1600 metres of climbing) and 75km (930 metres of climbing). All three routes will take in cobbled sections of the course. Riders...

Pinarello launch a new bike for cobbles

Team Sky will ride the Tour of Flanders on Sunday on a 'game changing' new bike which has been co-engineered by Jaguar and Pinarello. The DOGMA K8-S has been designed especially for the challenging terrain of the cobbled classics, and features a new lightweight suspension system (DSS 1.0, Dogma Suspension System) and flexible flat carbon chain stays (FLEXSTAYS™) to create...

Are Saxo Bank set to cease sponsorship?

According to L'Équipe, Saxo Bank is set to cease sponsorship of the Tinkoff-Saxo team after this season. The Danish investment bank has been linked to the team since 2008. The departure of Bjarne Riis from the team is said to have been a major factor in the decision. The presence of the Danish manager was an important factor for the...

The cyclist who got drunk and won the Tour of Flanders (Book extract)

In 1919, a young Flemish cyclist named Henri “Ritte” van Lerberghe had just finished service with the Belgian Army when he arrived at the start line of the Tour of Flanders without a bike. At the start in Ghent, he managed to borrow a bicycle. He told the other riders that he would ride them all off his wheel, and...

Sylvain Chavanel’s masterclass in how not to remove a cape and other footage from Ghent-Wevelgem

This video features highlights from last weekend's Ghent-Wevelgem, which turned out to be ridiculously windy. The video shows Gert Steegmans (Trek Factory Racing) after having crashed into a ditch, riders getting blown off the road, including Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), and also Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) with the help of a teammate making a mess of taking off his cape.