What is that this race and why ought to I care about it?
Arrange in 1913 by journalist Karel Van Wijnendaele, the Tour of Flanders — or De Ronde van Vlaanderen because the locals say — is the largest day within the Belgian sporting calendar and has been described as being just like the Boat Race, Royal Ascot and the FA Cup closing. All rolled into one.
The race itself, the fourth and closing monument of the season after Paris-Roubaix was cancelled, initially departed from Ghent, the non secular dwelling of Belgian biking, although over time its route has modified.
In an effort to discourage spectators heading to the race because of the ongoing coronavirus disaster, organisers haven’t launched a map or profile.
When is the Tour of Flanders?
The race will get beneath manner at roughly 9.45am (BST) on Sunday October 18.
How lengthy is that this 12 months’s race?
The 104th version of the Tour of Flanders from Antwerp to Oudenaarde is round 240m lengthy.
How can I watch this 12 months’s race?
These fortunate sufficient to have subscriptions can observe the motion on British Eurosport with their programme beginning at 8.40am. Alternatively, you’ll be able to observe the motion proper right here — simply bookmark this web page and return at round 11am on Sunday morning for our dwell weblog.
What’s in it for the winner?
The winner will trouser a cheque – or probably a financial institution switch to the identical worth, now we have not requested race organisers Flanders Classics – to the worth of €20,000 whereas the second-placed rider will get €10,000 and the rider on the third step of the rostrum €5,000. Every rider within the prime 20 takes dwelling one thing, even when it is solely €500. Here is the breakdown: