What is this race, and why should I care about it?
Set up in 1913 by journalist Karel Van Wijnendaele, the Tour of Flanders — or De Ronde van Vlaanderen as the locals say — is the biggest day in the Belgian sporting calendar and has been described as being like the Boat Race, Royal Ascot, and the FA Cup final. All rolled into one.
The race itself, the second of the season’s five monuments following Mila-Sanremo, originally departed from Ghent, the spiritual home of Belgian cycling. However, over the years, its route has changed.
Organizers have not released a map or profile to discourage spectators heading to the race due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
When is the Tour of Flanders?
Flemish Week’s fifth, final, and most prestigious race is on Sunday, April 4, 2021.
How long is this year’s race?
The 105th edition of the Tour of Flanders is 263.7 kilometers long.
How can I watch this year’s race?
Those lucky enough to have subscriptions can watch the action on Eurosport or GCN Race Pass. If you cannot watch the race on TV — or your smartphone — you can follow the step here, so bookmark this page and return on the day of the race and follow it with us. Gratis.
What’s in it for the winner?
The winner will trouser a cheque to the value of €20,000 while the second-placed rider gets €10,000 and the rider on the third step of the podium €5,000. Each rider in the top 20 will take home something.
What does the start list look like?
Until race organizers have released the provisional list of starters, Telegraph Sport will keep you up to speed with which riders from each team are expected to feature. Those who have been named or are rumored to be starting the Tour of Flanders are listed below in bold.
Ag2r-Citroën (Fra): François Bidard (Fra), Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra), Lilian Calmejane (Fra), Clément Champoussin (Fra, neo-pro), Mikaël Cherel (Fra), Benoît Cosnefroy (Fra), Stan Dewulf (Bel), Julien Duval (Fra), Mathias Frank (Swi), Tony Gallopin (Fra), Ben Gastauer (Lux), Dorian Godon (Fra), Alexis Gougeard (Fra), Jaakko Hanninen (Fin, neo-pro), Anthony Jullien (Fra, neo-pro), Bob Jungels (Lux), Lawrence Naesen (Bel), Oliver Naesen (Bel), Ben O’Connor (Aus), Aurélien Paret-Peintre (Fra), Nans Peters (Fra), Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra, neo-pro), Marc Sarreau (Fra), Michael Schär (Swi), Damien Touzé (Fra), Greg Van Avermaet (Bel), Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel), Andrea Vendrame (Ita), Clément Venturini (Fra), Larry Warbasse (US).