The Spring events come along thick and fast. This week we have:
|31/03/2021||Dwars door Vlaanderen – A travers la Flandre||ME|
|04/04/2021||Ronde van Vlaanderen – Tour des Flandres||WE|
|04/04/2021||Ronde van Vlaanderen – Tour des Flandres||ME|
The 75th edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen is this Wednesday. With a route of 184 kilometres with 13 hill sectors incorporating Flandrien cobbles, the race precedes the Tour of Flanders at the weekend.
The 2019 winner was Mathieu van der Poel who outgunned his fellow attackers Anthony Turgis, Bob Jungels, Lukas Pöstlberger and Tiesj Benoot. The race fell victim to Covid closures in 2020.
The 105th edition of the Tour of Flanders takes place on Sunday. As usual, the route covers a number of famous short, steep, often cobbled climbs making up the tough route. Starting in Antwerp to a 244 kilometre route concludes with the cobbled combo Oude Kwaremont/Paterberg climbs before the final charge to Oudenaarde for the finish.
Last year Mathieu van der Poel outsprinted Wout van Aert in a two-up sprint with Alexander Kristoff taking third. On form, this year could be similar unless someone can pull of a Gilbert-esc breakaway win.
The 18th Edition of the Tour of Flanders – Femmes also takes place on Sunday. As usual the route is over 150 kilometre with a number of the same cobbles sectors as the Men’s event. The route concludes with the cobbled combo Oude Kwaremont/Paterberg climbs before the final charge to Oudenaarde for the finish.
Chantal Blaak won last year’s race with a solo breakaway, with Amy Pieters and Lotte Kopecky filling out the podium.
I don’t think I’ll be going out on a wing with my picks this week – then again I’m going to need a few master picks to make up ground.