5 conclusions from the men's Tour of Flanders

Belgian Wout Van Aert of Team JumboVisma and Dutch Mathieu van der Poel of AlpecinFenix pictured in action during the Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour des Flandres Tour of Flanders one day cycling race 241 km from Antwerp to Oudenaarde Sunday 18 October 2020 BELGA PHOTO POOL NICO VEREECKEN Photo by POOL NICO VEREECKENBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Matthieu van der Poel(Alpecin-Fenix) do battle at the 2020 Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The 2020 Tour of Flanders drew a premature, but also belated, end to the cobbled Classic season, with Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) outsprinting long-time rival Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) to the line in Oudenaarde.

It was a race of numerous talking points, from battles up front to further back, crashes and polemic, and the dawn of a new long-term Classics battle.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

 

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.

 

As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix