Tour of Flanders 2019 odds
Who wins Tour of Flanders 2019?
TOUR OF FLANDERS 2019
The Tour of Flanders 2019, also known as the Ronde van Vlaanderen, will take place on the 7th April in Belgium. It will be the 103rd edition of the UCI World Tour race, which is a one-day Classics race, famous for its cobbled sections and short and sharp climbs.
Niki Terpstra (then Team Quick-Step Floors, now Team Direct-Energie) is the current champion, having attacked on the Kruisberg with 28 km to go. Terpstra then soloed to a win in style, with Mads Pedersen (Team Trek-Segafredo) and Philippe Gilbert (Team Deceuninck - Quick Step) rounding off the podium. The top 10 featured a number of the big hitters on the World Tour circuit, including Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) in 5th and former World Champion Peter Sagan (Team BORA - hansgrohe) in 6th.
The 2019 race
The Tour of Flanders is one of the five ‘monuments’ of cycling and is one of the most prestigious one-day races on the World Tour. It’s also the pinnacle of Belgian cycling. The 103rd version of the race will once again start in Antwerp.
Over the course of the 250 km race, the riders will be faced with the challenging climbs of the Paterberg and Kwaremont, before finishing the explosive spectacle in the city of Oudenaarde.
The Flemish race is characterised by the iconic cobbled climbs of the Paterberg and Kwarement, but what sets the Tour of Flanders apart from the likes of the Paris-Roubaix is the mix of punchy climbs and cobbles - making the race particularly challenging.
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.
Belgian riders, such as Greg Van Avermaet, Philippe Gilbert and Sep Vanmarcke (Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) will be strongly cheered by the local support - who turn out in their masses - but will face the challenge of a previous winner, Peter Sagan.
Terpstra, who also finished on the podium in 2017, will be targeting another title once more, as well as aggressive big hitters such as Julian Alaphilippe (Team Deceuninck - Quick Step), Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates).
The Tour of Flanders presents the perfect opportunity to get the cycling season off to a big start, but expect fireworks!