The Ronde van Vlaanderen, or Tour of Flanders, is one of five cycling landmarks and a truly electric day out for cycling fans everywhere.
Tour of Flanders Men 2022 (Ronde van Vlaanderen)
The men cover 272.5km on a course that begins in Antwerp, traverses legendary cobbled climbs like the Koppenberg, Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg before a tense, flat finish in Oudenaarde.
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The reigning Tour of Flanders 2021 champion, Kasper Asgreen, is in great shape at the start of the season, as evidenced by his third place at Strade-Bianche.
Asgreen, a powerhouse of the Quick Step – Alpha Vinyl team, surprised many by beating Mathieu van der Poel in the two-man sprint last year. After 270 kilometers though, it looks like Asgreen has as much of a punch as anyone. Team-mates Florian Sénéchal and Davide Ballerini complete the always competent squad of the Belgian team.
Wout van Aert
Wout van Aert marked the start of his 2022 season with a resounding victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. He then put on energetic displays daily at Paris-Nice en route to claiming the green jersey.
Van Aert is a clear favorite for the Tour of Flanders, and he sacrificed a potential cyclocross world title to pursue the cobblestone monument. However, the Belgian champion has encountered tough competition in the last Italian one-day races, and he will face this competition again in the Ronde.
Tadej Pogačar is perhaps the strongest cyclist in the professional peloton. In 2022 alone he won Tirreno-Adriatico, the UAE Tour and Strade-Bianche. In 2021 he had a strong run in the Classics, including winning both Monument de Liège – Bastogne – Liège and the Giro di Lombardia races, proving he can do much more than just dominate the Tour de France.
2022 will mark his first attempt at the Tour of Flanders as he hopes to gain experience on the cobbled roads ahead of stage five of this year’s Tour de France. Although Pogacar is on a reconnaissance mission, you can still expect fireworks from the young phenomenon.
Mathieu van der Poel
Due to Matheiu Van der Poel’s continued recovery from a back and knee injury, which was exacerbated by his crash at the Tokyo Olympics, van der Poel’s place on the starting grid remains tentative. However, having seen the Dutchman soar to a third-place finish at Milan-Sanremo after months out of racing, we’d be remiss not to give the 2020 champion the benefit of the doubt.