Tour of Flanders 2020 odds
Who wins Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen) 2020?
Tour of Flanders 2020
The Tour of Flanders 2020, additionally known as the Ronde van Vlaanderen, will take place on the 18th October in the Flemish region of Belgium. It will be the 104th edition of the UCI World Tour race, which is a one-day Classics race, famed for its cobbled sections and short and sharp climbs. The route amounts to around 240km, featuring seventeen climbs and five flat stretches.
The current champion is Alberto Bettiol (Team EF Pro Cycling), who broke clear of Kasper Asgreen (Team Deceuninck - Quick Step) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) to solo to the title. Previous winners also include Niki Terpstra (Team Total Direct-Energie) in 2018, Philippe Gilbert (Team Lotto Soudal) in 2017 and Peter Sagan (Team BORA - hansgrohe) in 2016. Last years top 10 featured a number of the big hitters on the World Tour circuit, including Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), coming 10th, Mathieu van der Poel (Team Alpecin-Fenix), coming 4th, and World Champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), coming 8th.
The 2020 race
The Tour of Flanders is one of most iconic on the World Tour, and part of the five ‘monuments’ of cycling. It’s seen as the pinnacle of Belgian cycling. The cobbles and narrow climbs make the race unpredictable, which all adds to the excitement. Bold, aggressive riders are usually rewarded, but are at risk of crashing out. That makes the race tactical, with plenty of opportunities present for aggressive riders to attack.
This year, the race sets off from Antwerp once more, with the first of the cobbled sections coming at 85km. The first half of the race is fairly low key, but it comes to life after the half way mark. The climbs of the Oude Kwaremont, Kortekeer, Eikenberg and Wolvenberg all appear in the second half of the race. The Oude Kwarement appears multiple times, paired with the Paterberg. If the riders can get over the punchy hills, then it could be a group sprint, but the climbing favours a breakaway. The final 13.2km are relatively flat.
The Belgian contingent will be out in force, looking to use the home support to their advantage. A strong lineup of Belgian riders such as Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma), Greg Van Avermaet, Philippe Gilbert, Oliver Naesen (Team AG2R La Mondiale), Dylan Teuns (Team Bahrain - McLaren), Sep Vanmarcke (Team EF Pro Cycling), Yves Lampaert (Team Deceuninck - Quick Step), Tim Wellens (Team Lotto Soudal) and Jasper Stuyven (Team Trek - Segafredo) will be fan favourites on the route.
However, former champion Terpstra will be looking to regain his title and defending champion Bettiol will be hoping to retain it. They will face the tough test of the big hitting Julian Alaphilippe (Team Deceuninck - Quick Step), as well as Michal Kwiatkowski (Team INEOS), Alexander Kristoff and Kasper Asgreen aiming to podium once more, Matteo Trentin (CCC Team) and Mathieu van der Poel.