Sunday, April 5, 2015, he returned to the program, Flanders’ most beautiful, better known as the Tour of Flanders. During the 99th edition of the riders will start in the historic center of Bruges and then exit on the Flemish roads in Oudenaarde. Along the way, no less than 19 hills to be climbed.
Tour of Flanders is the annual closure of the Flemish week. In Flanders this week various events organized throughout Flanders. Think of Gent-Wevelgem, E3 Harelbeke, Dwars door Vlaanderen and therefore Flanders. In the cycling world this race has a lot of respect. During the competition, there are nearly 1 million people along the side.
Tour of Flanders 2015 for the 99th time held. The first time was in 1913. That was when a then unknown sports newspaper, sports world, who organized the contest. This was done to generate publicity for the magazine.
Tour of Flanders will have a new winner in 2015. Fabian Cancellara, three winners at E3 Harelbeke broke two vertebrae and will not start. Even the co-record holder Tom Boonen is absent. The leader of Etixx – Quickstep is the middle of March underwent surgery after a fall in Paris – Nice.
The last Dutch winner from 1986. That year, Adri van der Poel De Ronde. Dutch record holder January Raas. Raas won round two times in 1979 and 1983.
All Dutch winner of the Tour of Flanders.
Riders will be April 5 but less than about 264 kilometers. After the start in Bruges will the cyclists through Ardooie and Kortrijk on the first hill of the day driving, the Tiegemberg. After Tiegemberg mainly flat terrain and then get out at the foot of the Oude Kwaremont. After Oude Kwaremont follow the hills and cobblestones in quick succession. During the last 150 kilometers, there will be no more than 12 kilometers between each sit or Cobble Hill. In total there are six climbing cobblestones and nineteen hills. Compared to the last edition two hills, it will need more climbed. These are the Tiegemberg and Berendries.
- Old Kwaremont
- Old Kwaremont
- tough Mountain
- Mount Calvary
- Old Kwaremont
The rates of increase for the hills vary greatly. With 44 km left, the riders will have to go on Koppenberg. This hill is 600 meters of land, has an average gradient of 11.6% and a maximum gradient of less than 22%.
In this edition do with 25 teams. This means that there are 200 riders at the start will be in Bruges. Of the 25 teams, there are two Dutch, namely Lotto Team GB – Giant and Roompot Orange platoon.
Tour of Flanders is a World Tour contest. This means that all the world tour teams are required to participate in this competition. Of the 25 teams from 17 in the World Tour. The other eight teams are pro continental teams. This means that in the second division of cycling driving. However, they may be invited by the organization of a competition to take part in their game. The eight teams that have been selected by the organizers of the Tour of Flanders.
- Androni toys
- Bora-Argon 18
- Cofidis, Credit Solutions
- Roompot orange pluton
- Team Europcar
- Topsport Vlaander-Baloise
- Wanty-Groupe Gobert
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