Ronde van Vlaanderen preview

This year’s Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) has been one of the most anticipated races of the season so far, with a resurgent Tom Boonen and a mind-bogglingly strong Fabian Cancellara set to renew their rivalry for the title of Greatest Classics Rider in the World Ever™. But the Ronde is so much more than any individual rider. To many, it’s the greatest race in the calendar and the very beating heart at the centre of Belgian cycling. So what’s it all about?

What kind of race is it?

The Ronde van Vlaanderen is one of the five Monuments in the Classics calendar and is considered by many to be the hardest one-day race of the year. Continue reading

E3 Harelbeke preview

Formerly known as the tongue-twister that was E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke, this year’s E3 Harelbeke is the 55th edition – but the first as a WorldTour event. This – and Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem – is seen as a warm-up event for the brutality of the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and Paris-Roubaix later in the month.

Defending champion Fabian Cancellara will be back to defend the title he won with a dramatic solo ride last year.
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