Classics contenders will congregate in the historic city of Bruges this weekend for the 94th Tour of Flanders.

Thanks to a change in the calendar for Ghent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders now occupies a unique spot midway through the cobbled Classics season.

A total of 262km and 15 cobbled climbs face the riders on the journey around Flanders to the finish in Ninove. From the start in Bruge, the route skirts the coast before heading into deepest Flanders, tackling some of the region’s toughest bergs along the way.

The first climb comes after 131km at Den Ast, but with the Oude-Kwaremont kicking off the serious climbs at 179km.

From there, the cobbled bergs come in quick session, with the iconic Koppenberg, Eikenberg, Molenberg, the Muur and finally the Bosberg all dispatched in around 60km.

Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara, Philippe Gilbert and Filippo Pozzato are all obvious favourites for this weekend’s Ronde, but all eyes will surely be on Boonen’s own team-mate, Stijn Devolder.

For two years in succession Devolder has planned his entire season around Flanders and has relied on the element of surprise to launch a race-winning attack: surely they won’t let him go a third time?

Who will win the Tour of Flanders?>>

Tour of Flanders 2010: Route

This year, the Tour of Flanders route has undergone a reshuffle. The Molenberg is no longer the first climb that the riders face – instead that pleasure is taken by Den Ast, positioned after 131km of flat, blustery Belgian scenery. Then it’s hills, hills and more hills – 15 in total – before the riders hit the line in Meerbeke having raced 262km in total.

Start:
Brugge 0km

1. Den Ast 131km

2. Klusberg 165km

3. Knokteberg 172km

4. Oude Kwaremont 179km

5. Paterberg 183km

6. Koppenberg 189km

7. Steenbeekdries 195km

8. Taaienberg 197km

9. Eikenberg 202km

10. Molenberg 217km

11. Leberg 224km

12. Berendries 229km

13. Tenbosse 236km

14. Muur – Kapelmuur 246km

15. Bosberg 250km

Finish: Meerbeke 262km


Tour of Flanders 2010 route map



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Tour of Flanders 2010: Teams

Ag2r-La Mondiale

Astana

BBox Bouygues Telecom

BMC Racing Team

Caisse d’Epargne

Cervélo TestTeam

Euskaltel-Euskadi

Footon-Servetto

Francaise des Jeux

Garmin-Transitions

HTC-Columbia

Katusha

Lampre-Farnese Vini

Landbouwkrediet-Colnago

Liquigas-Doimo

Milram

Omega Pharma-Lotto

Quick Step

Rabobank

RadioShack

Saxo Bank

Skil-Shimano

Team Sky

Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator

Vacansoleil

Tour of Flanders 2010: British riders

Subject to confirmation

Ian Stannard (Team Sky)

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Tom Faiers (Footon-Servetto)

David Millar (Garmin-Transitions)

Roger Hammond (Cervelo)

Jeremy Hunt (Cervelo)

Daniel Lloyd (Cervelo)

Tour of Flanders 2010: TV schedule

British Eurosport are covering the race live and with edited highlights:

12.00-16.00, Sunday, April 4: Tour of Flanders, live, British Eurosport

21.15-22.10, Sunday, April 4: Tour of Flanders, highlights, British Eurosport

(22.10-22.45, Sunday, April 4: Premier Calendar, Tour of the Reservoir highlights)

Tour of Flanders: Last year’s top ten (2009)

1. Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step 261km in 6-01-04

2. Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo at 59 secs.

3. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto

4. Martijn Maaskant (Hol) Garmin

5. Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha

6. Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank

7. Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Columbia-Highroad

8. Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil

9. Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R

10. Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet

British riders

13. Roger Hammond (GB) Cervelo all same time

45. Dan Lloyd (GB) Cervelo at 5min 38sec

75. Jeremy Hunt (GB) Cervelo at 6min 45sec

76. Steve Cummings (GB) Barloworld same time

Stijn Devolder wins the 2008 Tour of Flanders



Stijn Devolder, 2008

Tour of Flanders: Recent winners

2009 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step

2008 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step

2007 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre

2006 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step

2005 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step

2004 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) T-Mobile

2003 Peter van Petegem (Bel) Lotto

2002 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei

2001 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Vini Caldirola

2000 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto

Related links

Who will win the Tour of Flanders?

Blythe to race Tour of Flanders in support of Gilbert

Boasson Hagen out of Flanders with tendonitis

Team Sky reveals line-ups for Spring Classics

Haussler vows to bounce back from knee injury

Spring Classics 2010: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index

Tour of Flanders 2009: Devolder wins for second time


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  • stuart stanton

    Don’t forget that finishing fourth in the initial Paris-Roubaix, Arthur Linton set the standard. Read more at http://www.arthur-linton.co.uk

  • emily

    Erm you seem to have forgotton the women? I know cycling weekly is inclined to do this, but times have moved on surely…

  • Cobblers

    The best two weekends of the year in cycling terms are upon us. The Ronde followed by Paris-Roubaix.

    I hope someone other than Devolder wins RVV and I’d love to see Hushovd win Paris Roubaix.