Tour of Flanders Facts and Past Winners

Bruges, Belgium, April 4, 2015 - Factfile for the Tour of Flanders, which takes place on Sunday: First edition: 1913 Number of editions: 98 First winner: Paul Deman (BEL) Current Champion: Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Most wins: Achiel Buysse (BEL), Fiorenzo Magni (ITA), Eric Leman (BEL), Johan Museeuw (BEL), Tom Boonen (BEL), Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 3 Length: 264.2km … [Read more...]

All Eyes On Geriant Thomas In Wide Open Flanders Field

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Bruges, Belgium, April 4, 2015 (AFP) - Welshman Geraint Thomas will line up as an unlikely favourite when the usually Belgian-dominated Tour de Flanders begins on Sunday. Of the 98 editions of the second of five 'Monument' races, 68 have been won by Belgians. The first ever winner was Belgian Paul Deman in 1913 and four of the six riders to have won it … [Read more...]

Geriant Thomas In Drivers Seat Ahead Of Cobbled Classics

Paris, March 31, 2015 (AFP) - Commonwealth Games champion Geraint Thomas will find himself a marked man over the next two weeks as the peloton tackles the Tour of Flanders on Sunday and then Paris-Roubaix a week later. With perennial favourites Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara out injured, both Flanders and Roubaix will be considered the most open they have been in years. Over the … [Read more...]

Boonen Looking At The Flanders Hurdle Named Cancellara

For most of the peloton heading into the Tour of Flanders one-day classic this Sunday, surviving the cobbles and 'bergs' and rallying the finish in Merbeke in one piece will be the main priority. Not so for Belgium's former world champion Tom Boonen, who will be desperate to prove to fans that he has recovered, both physically and mentally, from one of the most humiliating defeats of his … [Read more...]