A look back at the women's Tour of Flanders - Gallery

The 17th edition of the women's Tour of Flanders was scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 5, in Oudenaarde, Belgium, but has been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

There have been 14 women celebrated for their victories throughout the event's 17-year history and we dug through the archives to bring you some of the best photos throughout the years.

Russia's Zoulfia Zabirova captured the inaugural victory in 2004. Since the first edition, organisers have included more climbs and extended the race from 94km to over 150km. It is the sixth round of the 2018 Women's WorldTour.

Following in Zabirova's footsteps and winning the Tour of Flanders was Dutchwoman Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel, who won in 2005 and 2006. Great Britain's Nicole Cooke was the winner in the 2007 edition, followed by Germany's Judith Arndt, also a two-time winner, having taken titles in 2008 and 2012. Her compatriot Ina-Yoko Teutenberg stormed to a sprint victory in 2009.

The only Belgian rider to have ever won the Tour of Flanders was Grace Verbeke in 2010. Her victory was followed by Dutch riders Annemiek van Vleuten (2011), Marianne Vos (2013) and Ellen van Dijk (2014).

Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini won solo in the 2015 edition, while Britain's Lizzie Deignan was fastest in a two-up sprint in 2016. American Coryn Rivera won a reduced bunch sprint in 2017.

More recently, Anna van der Breggen won the race after a solo breakaway in the 2018 editions, while Italy's Marta Bastianelli won the race last year.

Click through the gallery above to view more than 70 images from the Women's Tour of Flanders.

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