After 270km of racing, a podium of surprises brought a close to the Tour of Flanders 2019. EF-Too-Many-Words’ Alberto Bettiol took the Classics world by storm, soloing to his first ever professional victory. Deceuninck-Quickstep’s 24-year-old Kasper Asgreen, a late addition to the squad, snuck away to claim second while Alexander Kristoff brought home the group of favourites to claim third.
They came, they rode, Terpstra conquered – it was the 2018 Ronde van Vlaanderen. It was divided opinions about the new champion; the world champion weighed in; a future champion was born; the pay gap was enormous – and Captain Kirk forgives no man. That and much much more in the Ronde edition of TWEETS OF THE WEEEEEEEEEK!
The twists and turns of this season just keep coming. Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) took the biggest win of her career – and became the first American to win Ronde Van Vlaanderen – by being part of a chase group that caught the break in the final kilometre to set up a tight bunch sprint for the line. And Belgian national champion Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step Floors) did the opposite – finding himself with a gap on the crest of the Oude Kwaremont 55km from the finish, he set out on an impossible dream that led to the reality of one of the most thrilling solo wins in the race’s history.