Tour of Flanders and Giro d’Italia stage 15 — stay updates from Belgium and Italy

Tour of Flanders and Giro d'Italia stage 15 — live updates from Belgium and Italy

The race initially departed from Ghent, the non secular residence of Belgian biking, although over time its route has modified. As talked about, this 12 months’s race begins in Antwerp and concludes in Oudenaarde. Regardless of the assorted adjustments to the route over time, one essential attribute of the Ronde stays: the hellingen, or hills which are sometimes cobbled.

This 12 months’s version options 17 recognised climbs, together with three ascents of Oude Kwaremont — the penultimate climb of the day — and twice up the ultimate climb of the race, the Paterberg which tops out at an eye-watering 18.2 per cent in gradient: one-in-five in previous cash.

Although quick in distance — the Paterberg is simply 360 metres lengthy — these brutal climbs are the place, ordinarily, the decisive strikes are made and if not, are the place the sector is whittled down additional leaving the ultimate number of riders who will contest the race. Along with the quite a few hellingen, there are additionally 5 sections of kasseien, or cobblestones.

As with all WorldTour races, every of the 19 groups that make up the top-flight {of professional} biking obtain an invitation and within the case of the Ronde all groups are contracted to race.

Along with the WorldTour groups, race organisers Flanders Classics handed wildcard spots to 6 Professional-Continental groups — Alpecin-Fenix, Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles, B&B Accommodations-Very important Idea p/b KTM, Circus-Wanty Gobert, Whole Direct Énergie and Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

Along with the Tour of Flanders, the Giro d’Italia continues in the present day with a tricky summit end within the remaining day of racing forward of the second and remaining relaxation day of the second grand tour of the season.

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