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March 29th, 2023

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Tour of Flanders: a Flemish classic

This Sunday 2 April is the Tour of Flanders, the famous and highly anticipated Flemish cycling race. Circus has the best odds for you to bet on your favorite cyclists!

A highly anticipated race

Also known as the Ronde van Vlaanderen or simply De Ronde, this classic is one of the most famous and prestigious races of the cycling world. The Tour of Flanders is part of the UCI World Tour and traditionally takes place a week before Paris-Roubaix.

The distinctive features of the race

The race is particularly popular for its hills and its cobbles, which add to the challenge and the show of the Flemish classic.

The hills of the Flemish Ardennes are rather short but very challenging ascents, mainly because of their substantial elevation gain. These hills, which number between 17 and 19, are an important factor and can sometimes reach a gradient of up to 22%. The most famous ones are the Paterberg, the Koppenberg and the Eikenberg.

The cobbles play a crucial and traditional role in the Tour of Flanders. They not only feature on the famous hills, but also cover around 2 to 3 kilometers of the flat sections of the course. The cobblestone streets are also a classic feature of Paris-Roubaix, another cycling classic which takes place the following weekend (Sunday 9 April).

The 107th edition

This year, the race will start from Bruges, and not from Antwerp, as is traditionally the case. The racers will cross various towns such as Beernem, Aelter, Izegem and Zulte. After 273 kilometers of hard racing, they will tackle the grand finale made up of the Oude Kwaremont and the Paterberg, before crossing the finish line in Oudenaarde.

The favorites for this 107th edition are none other than Mathieu Van Der Poel from the Netherlands, winner of the previous edition, Wout Van Aert, who seems to turn everything he touches to gold, and Slovenia’s Tadej Pogačar, widely regarded as one of the best cyclists in the world.

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