The Tour of Flanders is more than just a bike race, for many Belgians (and bike fans) it is the most important race on the calendar. No matter the weather, De Ronde always throws up epic battles on the cobbles and bergs. Peter Easton of VeloClassic takes us through the background of the great race of the Vlaanderen.
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The Tour of Flanders or De Ronde van Vlaanderen is the real road World championships, if you are Flemish. Next to Paris-Roubaix, it is the biggest cobbled race on the calendar and unlike 'The Hell of the North', Flanders has hills. Those bergs might be short, but they are murderous. Ed Hood takes us back to 2008 and looks forward to this Sunday in Flanders.
The early season Belgian cobbled Classics have been building up to this Sunday and the battle of the Tour of Flanders, or De Ronde van Vlaanderen. Ed Hood looks at the history and examines the parcours for this Monument of the road. Who will be the winner? Not an easy answer, but he will be a Lion of Flanders.
Roadside Report: High speed race chasing, VIP access, Flanders Strongmen, crazy bike fans and some Belgian beer added up to a Tour of Flanders 2014 experience that Lee Rodgers will never forget. Ride along with Lee and the Velo Classic Tour group roadside at the mighty Ronde.
Combining Belgian cobblestones with short steep climbs can mean only one thing in pro cycling... you're in Belgium and it's time for the Spring Classics. Steeped in the history of bloody battles from WWI, cycling each of the legendary climbs throws up the combat of a much more peaceful kind, but with an emotional connection to a past we're cautioned to never forget. PEZ's Gord Cameron returned to the famous Kemmelberg to face some past demons and square up some unfinished business.
It's the most important race of the year for many, the race that stops a nation and no matter whether you call it The Tour of Flanders or the Ronde van Vlaanderen it's a superb event. Win it and you become an instant star in Belgium. Win it more than twice, a legend. Let's take a look at this Sunday's big race and make some predictions of who will go in the record books this year.
Pro Analysis: What can we learn as we approach the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix from the cobbled races run so far? After Gent-Wevelgem Lee Rodgers analyzes the big guns' form and ponders the question, could a domestique win in Flanders? And could you really call a two time winner of the Ronde a domestique?
Roadside report: It's often forgotten that there are two races on Flanders day: both the men and the women flay themselves across the cobbles and grind up the hellingen for their share of glory and for our entertainment. Guided by Peter Easton of Velo Classic Tours, we got right up close and personal with the mannen and vrouwen alike.