Tour of Flanders 2020 odds
Who wins Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen) 2020?
Tour of Flanders 2020
The Tour of Flanders, officially De Ronde van Vlaanderen, is a professional one day race that takes place in the Flanders region of Belgium. At the moment, it crosses a route from the province of Antwerp to the Flemish Ardennes at the south of East Flanders, where the "walls" are decisive. It is celebrated on the first Sunday of April and belongs to the UCI World Tour calendar.
The Tour of Flanders was created in 1913. Since then, it has only been interrupted from 1915 to 1918 by the First World War. It is the second and youngest of the five cycling monuments and is the last and most important race of the so-called "Flemish cycling week". It is also the last Belgian cobble course on the UCI World Tour calendar.
The hallmarks of De Ronde van Vlaanderen are its long mileage, with around 260 km, and its “walls” of cobble, very hard to climb when being cobbled and having almost always strong slopes, which during the route are alternated with asphalted slopes and flat cobbled sectors, although these flat sectors are not as complicated as those from Paris-Roubaix.
With three wins, there are six cyclists who have the record of victories in the course: Achiel Buysse, Fiorenzo Magni, Eric Leman, Johan Museeuw, Tom Boonen, and Fabian Cancellara.
Preview of Ronde van Vlaanderen 2020
The 104th edition of the Tour of Flanders will take place on Sunday, April 5th.
It is a race where the most successful cyclists have won a maximum of 3 times. This shows us how difficult it is to win in this course.
The year this course was created, in 1913, the route was completely flat, and surrounded the Flemish regions. It took them 12 hours to reach the finish line.
The course evolved towards a leg-breaking race where the "walls" took a very important role.
Any race ridden on cobblestones is a challenge, but the Tour of Flanders is possibly the most difficult of all. Riders face a total of eighteen cobbled climbs, each of them well known for its difficulty and history.
In recent years the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen was removed from the race, but the Koppenberg has taken a more decisive role, now climbed less than 50km from the finish line.
But it is the double climb of the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg that is most crucial. Both are climbed successively shortly before the Koppenberg. The first is a leg-breaking due to its 2.2 km, and the second is torture due to its 12.9%.
The last climb to these two "walls" at 17km and 14km respectively will be decisive in the final selection of riders who will fight for the final victory of the Ronde van Vlaanderen 2020.
2020 Top competitors
We already have many confirmed cyclists for the 2020 edition, where many specialists in cobble will take part of the monument. We have already said that it will be an unpredictable race, but we can highlight the following riders as main favorites:
- Greg van Avermaet
- Alexander Kristoff
- Peter Sagan
- Phillipe Gilbert
- Mathieu van der Poel
The first 4 are well known within the bunch, while the Dutch, van der Poel, was the great revelation of 2019.