Ronde van Vlaanderen

Video: Inside IAM Cycling’s preparation for Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix

One of the most important weeks of the professional cycling calendar lies ahead — the Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and Paris-Roubaix. Team IAM Cycling has released a video of its final preparation on the cobbles. “During the period from the end of February to April, the No.1 sport in Belgium is cycling,” said IAM Cycling rider Dries Devenyns. …

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The comeback: Frank Vandenbroucke and the 2003 Ronde Van Vlaanderen

The 2003 Ronde Van Vlaanderen had everything a cycling fan could ask for. Two Belgians, riding for the two great Belgian teams, breaking away on the Muur and fighting to win the biggest race in Belgium. That just is cycling. Frank Vandenbroucke and Peter Van Petegem had faced off before, at this exact race, in …

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Commentary: Why Tony Martin racing the cobbled classics changes everything

When three-time world time-trial champion Tony Martin announced last month that, for the first time in his career, he will focus on the cobblestone classics this season, the entire pro peloton took notice. Why? Because Martin’s participation tipped the scales in favor of an Etixx-QuickStep domination, from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which kicks off the classics season …

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Reflections From The Cobbled Classics

The Cobbled Classics sit between the Semi-Classics and the Ardenne Classics in the professional cycling calendar. They’re held in Northern Belgium and feature gruelling cobbled sections of road which create the decisive elements in these races. Here’s a look back at some of the moments of the 2012 Cobbled Classics just past in photographs…

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Ronde van Vlaanderen TIP?

Ah yes, the  Ronde van Vlaanderen.  This Sunday is when the Northern Classics begin and is when the pro cycling season starts for me.   I can’t pronounce it, but apparently it’s Klingon for Tour of Flanders.  The 22% deciding Koppenberg is back and I’m pumped to be watching it on Sunday. I’m TIPPING that the …

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