2021 Tour of Flanders (De Ronde van Vlaanderen)

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad To Brabantse Pijl - Complete Flanders Classics Guide

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad To Brabantse Pijl - Complete Flanders Classics Guide

In 2021, FloBikes has partnered with the Flanders Classics to bring fans in the United States, Canada and Australia live and on demand coverage.

Feb 24, 2021 by Michael Sheehan
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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 27)

The opening weekend of the spring classics begins with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Omloop is often referred to as the miniature Tour of Flanders because it features the Ronde’s much loved finale that was decommissioned when the race’s finish line moved to Oudenaarde.

The final 20 kilometers of Omloop is truly special to watch as the lead group fractures on the steep pitches of the Muur van Geraardsbergen before tackling the Bosberg and descending to the finish in Ninove.

Gent-Wevelgem – In Flanders Fields (March 28)

A month after the opening weekend, the second round of the Flanders Classics arrives with Gent-Wevelgem, a race that is defined by its ascents of the Kemmelberg and the numerous World War I memorials that line the narrow technical roadsides.

The Kemmelberg is a large hill formation that marks the highest point in West Flanders. The jarring cobbled climb averages 7.2% for 400 meters, and is followed by a narrow, technical and often treacherous descent. The Kemmelberg poses a problem for the many sprinters who dream of winning the race. In 2019, Alexander Kristoff went on a daring long range solo attack, which gave him a head start into the Kemmelberg, and thus a spot in the lead group from which he eventually won.

Gent-Wevelgem also features a series of semi-paved gravel “plugstreets,” a British nickname derived from village of Ploegsteert which hosted a soccer match between British and German troops during the Christmas truce of 1914.

Gent Wevelgem serves as a remembrance of the hundreds of thousands of Allied troops who lost their lives on the Flanders Fields.

Dwars Door Vlaanderen (March 31)

Dwars Door Vlaanderen returns in 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic forced its cancelation in 2020. 

At 183 kilometers, the third round of the series arrives mid-week between Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders. Despite its slightly understated presence compared to the weekend headliners, Dwars Door Vlaanderen remains a must-watch. 

The majority of riders contesting the Tour of Flanders will be in attendance, using the race as a final hard day of preparation before the main event. In 2019 Mathieu Van Der Poel hit out with over 60 kilometers to go. The Dutchman would go on to win, despite being challenged by Bob Jungels, Tiesj Benoot and others. 

Tour of Flanders - Ronde van Vlaanderen (April 4)

One of cycling’s five monuments, the Tour of Flanders is the crown jewel of the Flanders Classics. The men race 143 kilometers to the women’s 135.

Both races feature the Ronde’s modern finish in Oudenaarde which is defined by the highly consequential climbs of the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg. From the top of the Paterberg, riders exhausted from a day of bone-jarring roads and steep climbs have 13 kilometers of smooth tarmac to put themselves in a winning position.

Scheldeprijs (April 7)

At 173 kilometers, the 2020 Scheldeprijs stood out as the shortest, flattest and smoothest of the Flanders Classics. Known as the sprinter’s classic, Scheldeprijs features a pan flat course that snakes along the Scheldt River for which the race gets its name. 

The race traditionally finishes on a circuit round Schoten after 200 kilometers of exposed, windy racing from Terneuzen. In 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, it the race was shortened and took place entirely on the Schoten circuit. 

It finished in a messy sprint won by Caleb Ewan that saw Pascal Ackermann relegated after causing August Jensen, Ivan Garcia Cortina and others to crash at high speeds.

De Brabantse Pijl (Aprill 14)

After Scheldeprijs, the Flanders Classics gets back to the business of cobbles and bergs. The men cover 200 kilometers from Leuven to Overijse. The women arrive in Overijse after 121 kilometers.

The final round of the Flanders Classics is distinguished by a relentlessly hilly finishing circuit culminating in a hard one-kilometer uphill kick to the line.

In 2020 Julian Alaphilippe redeemed himself at Brabantse Pijl following his motorcycle-involved crash at the Tour of Flanders and his premature celebration at Liege Bastogne Liege. Alaphilippe beat out Van der Poel in a truly thrilling conclusion to the series.

The women’s race confirmed the talent of Australian Grace Brown who finished second in Liege the week before.