Ronde van Vlaanderen 2019

Tour of Flanders 2019 by veloboy

De Ronde

The 103rd Tour of Flanders took place on 7th April 2019 and followed it’s now established route from Antwerp to Oudenaarde. The 16th edition of the Women’s Ronde took place alongside it. The Tour of Flanders is the second of the year’s five Monuments after Milan-San Remo, and slots into the Cobbled Classics calendar as the penultimate race before the following weekend’s Paris-Roubaix. I watched the race on the Oude Kwaremont climb (as I did last year) the men go up 3 times and the women make just one accent. Watching it here (or the Paterberg) allows one to catch the women’s sign on and race start in Oudenaarde before heading off to Kwaremont to join the bedlam roadside

Photos by Me – Maps by Flanders Classics

Route Map of The Men’s 2019 Tour of Flanders

pavé

Defined by its cobbled climbs, the Tour of Flanders is largely played out in a small part of Belgium known as the Vlaamse Ardennen, (Flemish Ardennes) The men’s route (267km) follows a linear path south west from Antwerp and heads towards the town of Oudenaarde, and after a couple of preliminary cobbled sectors (pavé) the race starts a sequence of gruelling, gritty circuits of the surrounding hills

Vlaanderen

Oudenaarde

The city of Oudenaarde is home to the Centrum Ronde Van Vlaanderen (The Tour of Flanders Centre) and hosts the start of the Women’s race and the finish of both the Mens and Women’s races. It is home to the Fabian Cancellara Fan club and the Ronde museum has a great little cafe/brasserie

Town official proclaims the start of the Women’s race in Oudenaarde

Centrum Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Oudenaarde

These photos (above) are from my 2017 visit to the Ronde Centre – you can find their website here: https://crvv.be/?lang=en

The Women’s
Ronde van Vlaanderen

The 16th Women’s Ronde (157km) starts and finishes at the city of Oudenaarde in the Flemish province of East Flanders. It has been held annually since 2004, is held on the same day as the men’s race and since the 2016 edition forms an important part of The UCI Women’s World Tour. Past winners include some of the greatest names in Women’s cycling: Anna van der Breggen, Lizzie Armitstead, Marianne Vos, Annemiek van Vleuten and Coryn Rivera

The Women’s Race on Oude Kwaremont
Route Map of The 2019 Women’s Ronde

Women’s Oudenaarde Start

Coryn Rivera – USA Road Race Champion, was a Flanders winner in 2017
Katarzyna Niewiadoma (and below)
Silvia Valsecchi
Amy Pieters
Chantal Blaak looks for inspiration

The Women at Oude Kwaremont

“The first 500 m of cobbled section are particularly difficult, it is the steepest and narrowest part of the climb with a bad, very uneven cobbled surface. Halfway up the climb, near the church of Kwaremont village, the gradient gradually levels out from 11% to just 2%, but with still a cobbled kilometer to go to the top. The top is situated just after the cobbled section, at 111 m, after a 93 m altitude gain. Despite its iconic status in Flemish cycling, the climb was only first included in De Ronde in 1974. The cobbles of the Oude Kwaremont have been classified as monuments by Flemish decree since 1993”

(Extract from Wikipedia entry)


Kwaremont climb profile
Marta Bastianelli – today’s winner

The Winner of the 2019 Women’s Ronde Marta Bastianelli

Pictured in Oudenaarde at the Team sign on

The Men’s Ronde on
Oude Kwaremont

The Men’s Tour of Flanders was won by Alberto Bettiol – and I cannot find a single photo of him – I wasn’t looking for this guy, came completely out of the blue; first ever major pro race win and what a race to win – follow that !

The current World Road Race Champion Alejandro Valverde.
Every time I see the Rainbow Jersey coming I think “Here comes Peter Sagan” – got so accustomed to seeing him in it !

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