A look back over the past twenty years of De Ronde
Rain, hail or shine, the Tour of Flanders always produces worthy winners and iconic images. The hellingen of West Flanders provide a natural amphitheatre in which hundreds of thousands of passionate fans gather every year, and the riders are faced with a wall of noise all the way around the gruelling course.
In the past twenty years, De Ronde has seen its share of memorable battles and controversial moments on the cobbles, as the biggest classics names of the era have tested themselves in one of cycling’s true heartlands.
We’re searched our photographers’ archives to remember some of the names that have marked the season’s second monument, from Edwig Van Hooydonck's triumph in 1991, through to Fabian Cancellara's dominance in 2013. In between, there was Johan Museeuw's consistency in the 1990s, Gianni Bugno's shock win in 1994, Michele Bartoli's stylish triumph in 1996, and the more recent multiples by Peter Van Petegem, Stijn Devolder, Tom Boonen and Cancellara.
How has the course change in 2012 affected the overall? Can the Peterberg ever replace the Kapelmuur for excitement and beauty? The enduring spirit of the Tour of Flanders lives on, regardless of the course, the riders or the weather.
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