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It has been 101 years since the inaugural edition of the Tour of Flanders in 1913 and since then the race has become one of cycling’s most iconic and prestigious one day races.
It’s status has a monument comes from the rich history and cycling tapestry than runs through the annals of the sport’s history with legends of the sport having made their reputations on the cobbles and climbs that make the race.
The first edition of the Tour of Flanders took place in 1913 with Belgium’s Paul Deman taking the win. Since then Achiel Buysse, Rik Van Steenbergen, Fiorenzo Magni, Tom Simpson, Eddy Merckx, Eric Leman, Roger De Vlaeminck and Johan Museeuw have won the race, on many occasions multiple times. And despite several course changes, the riders and the iconic climbs remain at the heart of cycling.
In this video, InCycle looks back at some of the legendary moments of the Tour of Flanders, with rare race footage, including the sight of Merckx walking up the Koppenberg, dating back from the first few editions to the present day duels between Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen. It’s a six-minute programme that will surely whet your appetite ahead of Sunday’s big race.
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