This Sunday the cycling world will focus its attention on the Flanders region of Belgium for the second “Monument” of the 2016 season: the Tour of Flanders. To get you in the mood, here are a selection of images from recent decades of this great race. Enjoy!
Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the usual build-up to “Vlaanderens mooiste” (“Flanders’ best”) including E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem last weekend, to name just a couple. But on Sunday it’s time for the real deal: a 255km race from Brugge to Oudenaarde with 18 climbs. The last two ascents, the Oude Kwaremont and the Paterberg, have a tendency to decide the race.
The weather forecast suggests there might be a few light showers around on Sunday, but what effect that will have on the race remains to be seen. Be sure to click through for our preview of the 2016 Tour of Flanders.