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by Matt de Neef
April 5, 2019
Photography by Cor Vos
This Sunday the cycling world will turn its attention to the Flanders region of Belgium for the second “Monument” of the 2019 season: the Ronde van Vlaanderen. To get you in the mood, here’s a selection of images from recent decades of this wonderful and historic race. Enjoy!
Over the past couple weeks we’ve seen the usual build-up to “Vlaanderens mooiste” (“Flanders’ best”) including the E3 BinckBank Classic, Gent-Wevelgem, and Dwars door Vlaanderen. But this Sunday it’s time for the real deal: a 270km race from Antwerp to Oudenaarde with 17 climbs. The last two ascents, the Oude Kwaremont and the Paterberg, have a tendency to decide the race.
For everything you need to know about the 2019 Tour of Flanders, be sure to read our preview. And for a great look at the significance of “Holy Week”, which includes Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, check out Neal Rogers’ column. To get yourself in the mood for Sunday, check out the video highlights from the past 10 editions, linked below, and the huge gallery of photos below that.
Bring on De Ronde!
Note: This is an updated and refreshed version of a post we first published in 2013.