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2020-10-18T12:09:16.260Z

Oliver Naesen: I do know I’ve an opportunity at Tour of Flanders

Alaphilippe: I am not an actual Flandrien however I’ve obtained my coronary heart set on Tour of Flanders

AG2R La Mondiale’s Oliver Naesen rode to second place on the final stage of the 2020 BinckBank Tour

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2020-10-18T12:06:57.761Z

Leonardo Basso (Ineos Grenadiers) and Zdenek Štybar (Elegant-QuickStep) lead the peloton up Kanarieberg.

Štybar pushes on excessive. Walscheid remains to be off the entrance, too.

2020-10-18T12:02:41.771Z

72km to go

The break hit Kanarieberg, which is 1km lengthy at 7.7 per cent.

2020-10-18T12:01:30.518Z

Wheel change for Daniel Oss (Bora-Hansgrohe). Hofstetter appears to be like irritated as he waits for his group automobile, pacing round and kicking the air.

2020-10-18T11:59:21.547Z

The German has round 15-20 seconds on the peloton.

Dilier and Hugo Hofstetter (ISN) are concerned in a small crash however they each look OK.

2020-10-18T11:57:12.799Z

One other NTT attacker – it is Max Walscheid.

2020-10-18T11:56:38.912Z

The riders will go by way of the ultimate feed zone of the race quickly. They’re 6km from Kanarieberg, too.

2020-10-18T11:55:49.609Z

77km to go

Florian Sénéchal (Elegant-QuickStep) brings again the small transfer off the entrance. 2:50 to the break.

2020-10-18T11:54:48.840Z

Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) overruns a corners and hits the bottom earlier than slowly getting rolling once more.

2020-10-18T11:52:02.739Z

A 3rd (?) bike change for Nils Politt. He is having a tricky day.

2020-10-18T11:51:22.278Z

81km to go

3:20 to the break now because the peloton crests Valkenburg.

2020-10-18T11:49:37.530Z

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (NTT Professional Biking) is without doubt one of the males making an attempt to make it away.

2020-10-18T11:48:39.313Z

The break begin the Valkenburg climb as just a few extra riders leap from the peloton.

The climb is 540 metres lengthy at 8.1 per cent.

2020-10-18T11:46:44.474Z

A small group tries to make it away from the peloton. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Crew Emirates) and Silvan Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale) had been in there. The tempo is staying excessive.

2020-10-18T11:45:00.140Z

A have a look at the peloton.

OUDENAARDE BELGIUM OCTOBER 18 Alberto Dainese of Italy and Team Sunweb Fred Wright of The United Kingdom and Team Bahrain Mclaren Juan Diego Alba Bolivar of Colombia and Movistar Team Peloton Cobblestones Landscape during the 104th Tour of Flanders 2020 Ronde van Vlaanderen Men Elite a 2433km race from Antwerpen to Oudenaarde RVV20 FlandersClassic on October 18 2020 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

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2020-10-18T11:43:38.136Z

86km to go

The peloton is lined out, nonetheless beneath a excessive tempo. The hole is right down to 4:30 now.

2020-10-18T11:42:59.799Z

Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale) and Jake Stewart (Groupama-FDJ) drop out the rear of the peloton as De Bondt makes his manner again.

2020-10-18T11:39:44.267Z

Trek-Segafredo are again on the entrance on the method to Berendries, one other climb in fast succession.

2020-10-18T11:33:58.748Z

The peloton journey Haaghoek and Boasson Hagen is caught. Up entrance, the break attain the Leberg climb.

2020-10-18T11:31:27.411Z

Elegant-QuickStep take to the entrance of the peloton now. Boasson Hagen is only some seconds up the street. The riders have handed by way of the rain bathe.

2020-10-18T11:29:27.989Z

5:45 for the break now. The peloton has minimize a minute off the lead after that upping of tempo.

2020-10-18T11:28:39.336Z

96km to go

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Michał Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) push on because the break attain the cobbled part of Haaghoek.

2020-10-18T11:26:41.574Z

The peloton is strung out as Lampaert pushes the tempo up entrance on Holleweg.

2020-10-18T11:26:07.555Z

Observe the motion on the Girls’s Tour of Flanders dwell right here

2020-10-18T11:24:47.529Z

Now the peloton tackle Wolvenberg, led by Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix), Niki Terpstra (Whole Direct Energie) and Yves Lampaert (Elegant-QuickStep).

2020-10-18T11:22:37.191Z

100km to go

Six minutes from break to EBH, who lies 50 seconds up on the peloton.

2020-10-18T11:21:24.378Z

The break passes the Holleweg part of cobbles and it appears to be like just like the rain has began to fall.

2020-10-18T11:20:05.322Z

Owain Doull (Ineos Grenadiers) leads the peloton up Eikenberg.

2020-10-18T11:18:04.407Z

The boundaries got here again up fairly rapidly and the peloton obtained by way of with out a lot delay. In the meantime, the break begin Wolvenberg (645 metres at 7.9 per cent).

2020-10-18T11:16:20.740Z

105km to go

The peloton have been compelled to cease at a degree crossing as a prepare passes by way of. The break and Boasson Hagen are already by way of – some free time for the Norwegian.

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2020-10-18T11:13:54.486Z

The break attain the highest of Eikenberg having ridden up the tarmac strip on the aspect of the street.

2020-10-18T11:09:13.829Z

108km to go

Edvald Boasson Hagen (NTT Professional Biking) places in an assault on the method to the fourth climb of the day, Eikenberg.

2020-10-18T11:08:18.753Z

Van Aert chases again on as a part of a small group. Wellens remains to be coming again.

2020-10-18T11:07:32.755Z

Ah, it was really two separate incidents. Van Aert was making an attempt to maneuver up the peloton and was compelled to gradual, catching a wheel and slowly falling down the verge. Additional again, the opposite males had been concerned in a distinct crash throughout the street.

2020-10-18T11:05:34.313Z

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Maurits Lammertink (Circus-Wanty Gobert), Amund Jansen (Jumbo-Visma) plus a rider apiece from Bahrain McLaren and Movistar had been additionally concerned.

2020-10-18T11:04:21.482Z

114km to go

One other crash within the peloton and this time Wout van Aert is concerned. He fell down a grass financial institution along side the street however is again off once more.

2020-10-18T10:59:34.480Z

We’re previous the midway level of the race now. 7:10 between break and peloton.

2020-10-18T10:50:15.384Z

123km to go

A hold-up on the decrease slopes of the climb after a small crash in the course of the group. Trek-Segafredo proceed to steer up entrance.

2020-10-18T10:48:10.643Z

Van Hoecke leads the break all the best way up and excessive. The peloton are about to begin Oude Kwaremont.

2020-10-18T10:43:04.146Z

126km to go

The break hits the climb. It is partially cobbled, 2.2km lengthy at a mean of six per cent and most of 11.

2020-10-18T10:41:40.602Z

Crew Sunweb have massed on the entrance of the peloton now as they method Oude Kwaremont. Tiesj Benoot and Søren Kragh Andersen are their leaders.

Trek-Segafredo, Elegant-QuickStep and Jumbo-Visma are additionally up there.

2020-10-18T10:37:38.706Z

Yet one more puncture. This time it is Silvan Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale).

2020-10-18T10:36:22.152Z

The riders are approaching the Oude Kwaremont, which comes at 123km to go. It is nearly the midway level of De Ronde.

2020-10-18T10:33:37.741Z

133km to go

Mühlberger again within the break having taken a team-issue S-Works Tarmac SL7.

Jack Bauer (Mitchelton-Scott) stops for a wheel change after a puncture.

2020-10-18T10:29:38.123Z

Mühlberger is on a Shimano impartial service bike in the intervening time, a uncommon sight. He is wanting round, presumably for his group automobile to get a alternative.

In the meantime, Chris Lawless (Ineos), Juan Diego Alba (Movistar) and Hugo Hofstetter (Israel Begin-Up Nation) have all been compelled to cease and get wheel/bike modifications because of punctures.

2020-10-18T10:23:14.017Z

Mühlberger’s crash…

2020-10-18T10:20:58.960Z

142km to go

Mühlberger makes it again to his breakmates on the Holleweg cobbled part quickly after the climb.

2020-10-18T10:19:49.561Z

It is the primary climb of the day for the break now, the Katteberg east of Oudenaarde. It is 500 metres lengthy at a mean of seven per cent.

2020-10-18T10:18:08.085Z

A crash within the break! Mühlberger tries to throw a musette to the aspect of the street however will get it caught on his handlebars and hits the bottom. He is again up and operating now.

2020-10-18T09:54:20.761Z

160km to go

The break reaches the primary cobbled part of the day, Lippenhovestraat, a 1.3km lengthy part. The peloton will come by way of in eight minutes.

2020-10-18T09:45:37.613Z

Alaphilippe: I am not an actual Flandrien however I’ve obtained my coronary heart set on Tour of Flanders

Frenchman warms to favorite standing forward of debut on the Ronde

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2020-10-18T09:38:20.151Z

174km to go

Florian Vermeeersch (Lotto Soudal) crashes on a nook and the Astana automobile stops to assist him. He is again up and operating now, although.

2020-10-18T09:24:56.046Z

Tom Van Asbroeck (Israel Begin-Up Nation) stops along side the street to kiss his spouse and say whats up to his children earlier than getting going once more.

Vermote is caught by the peloton, which is 7:10 down.

2020-10-18T09:22:42.322Z

Mark Cavendish (Bahrain McLaren):

“I am very glad to be right here in Antwerp. I like to race in Belgium. It is my third Ronde. I used to be within the breakaway the earlier two races as a result of the group needed to race aggressive. That won’t be the case once more as we speak. We have now a distinct race plan.”

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale):

“I am now not hindered by my crash. We did the recon with Romain. He’ll discover his manner. 

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale): 

“I am tremendous joyful to be right here. I am right here with all of the flahutes, the classics specialists. This can be a race it’s a must to fo no less than as soon as in your profession. Oli is our man.”

2020-10-18T09:15:00.349Z

186km to go

Vermote is giving up the chase. He has dropped to 5 minutes behind the break now and can quickly be again within the peloton.

2020-10-18T09:09:38.645Z

Sep Vanmarcke (EF Professional Biking) initially:

“We needed to wait for a very long time to race the Flemish classics. It was enjoyable to lastly be capable to race full-out. I like this race.”

Alberto Bettiol (EF Professional Biking): 

“I am tremendous joyful to lastly be again right here. Will probably be tremendous tough to win once more however it’s our purpose. I am not the favorite as we speak. There’s just a few who’re stronger. I hope an outsider wins once more. I am not naming anyone.”

2020-10-18T09:07:05.132Z

192km to go

Six minutes is the hole now, whereas Vermote is 2 minutes down on the break.

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And his long-time cyclo-cross and street rival Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)…

“Gent-Wevelgem was the perfect instance that there is different riders able to win as properly. Regardless of the absence of Mike Teunissen we nonetheless have a powerful group. Aside from Mathieu van der Poel I am anticipating so much from Julian Alaphilippe, Alberto Bettiol, Stefan Küng and Mads Pedersen.”

2020-10-18T08:55:58.369Z

Some quotes from the beginning developing now. First up, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)…

“There is a lengthy prelude earlier than the thrilling half. I hope to have a wide-open race however I anticipate a powerful breakaway group to be up the street. I can’t be in there. I do not suppose they will enable me. 

“I took it straightforward this week. I am hoping for tremendous compensation.”

2020-10-18T08:54:45.720Z

Taco van der Hoorn (Jumbo-Visma) leads the peloton forward of Trek-Segafredo. 5 minutes to the break now, as Kasper Asgreen (Elegant-QuickStep) drops again to the group automobile to placed on a second over-jersey.

2020-10-18T08:47:14.430Z

Trek-Segafredo and Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise lead the peloton because the hole goes out to three:40.

2020-10-18T08:43:34.776Z

210km to go

Vermote hasn’t but made it throughout the hole. He is round 45 seconds again.

2020-10-18T08:41:58.064Z

All calm on the entrance of the peloton because the riders take a drink and a few meals, letting the break journey away.

2020-10-18T08:37:56.814Z

214km to go

1:15 for the break now. That is the transfer of the day because the peloton sits as much as let it go.

2020-10-18T08:36:13.723Z

Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Samuele Battistella (NTT Professional Biking), Danny van Poppel (Circus-Wanty Gobert), Gijs Van Hoecke (CCC Crew), Dimitri Peyskens (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles), Fabio Van Den Bossche (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) are within the transfer, 25 seconds up on the peloton as Julien Vermote (Cofidis) chases.

2020-10-18T08:33:33.043Z

Six males up entrance now with a small hole. Elegant-QuickStep (sure, they’ve quickly modified their identify for the race) attempt to block the entrance of the peloton as group chief Julian Alaphilippe types a mechanical behind.

2020-10-18T08:31:47.864Z

UAE Crew Emirates director Allan Peiper simply took an sudden telephone name within the group automobile. “Look mate I am simply within the Ronde van Vlaanderen within the automobile. Name tomorrow someday,” he says.

2020-10-18T08:27:26.436Z

A small group of 5 up entrance now, with just a few {couples} of riders chasing throughout the hole.

2020-10-18T08:26:06.408Z

223km to go

The peloton heads by way of Saint-Niklaas, lined out largely in single file after passing by way of some sharp turns and narrowing roads.

2020-10-18T08:21:53.495Z

…and that group is introduced again. Circus-Wanty Gobert leads the counter-attacking.

2020-10-18T08:20:12.312Z

A bunch of 9 has a small hole however Israel Begin-Up Nation have a person on the entrance of the peloton making an attempt to deliver it again.

2020-10-18T08:18:50.815Z

229km to go

B&B Resorts-Important Idea, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, NTT Professional Biking are amongst these making strikes. Nonetheless no breakaway – it is a powerful battle to make it.

2020-10-18T08:15:02.246Z

We have now tales from Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert, two of the primary favourites as we speak, and two males who got here to verbal blows after a heated Gent-Wevelgem finale. Try what they needed to say within the lead-up to Flanders beneath.

Van der Poel: If Van Aert is strongest at Tour of Flanders, he’ll be a terrific winner

Van Aert: Alaphilippe and Van der Poel greatest challengers for Tour of Flanders

Dutch Mathieu van der Poel of AlpecinFenix German John Degenkolb of Lotto Soudal and Belgian Wout Van Aert of Team JumboVisma pictured during the GentWevelgem In Flanders Fields one day cycling race 2325 km Sunday 11 October 2020 in Wevelgem BELGA PHOTO POOL NICO VEREECKEN Photo by POOL NICO VEREECKENBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Van der Poel (left) and Van Aert (proper) at Gent-Wevelgem (Picture credit score: Getty Pictures Sport)
2020-10-18T08:12:22.509Z

The peloton is strung out right here with the tempo excessive on the entrance.

2020-10-18T08:11:36.736Z

236km to go

Assaults are nonetheless going, with Mitchelton-Scott, Cofidis, AG2R La Mondiale all lively.

2020-10-18T08:06:09.719Z

We’ll have some quotes from the beginning as soon as issues relax a little bit on the entrance of the race.

Astana and Circus-Wanty Gobert are amongst these making an attempt to make day’s break right here.

2020-10-18T08:05:08.958Z

There have been no followers initially, reviews our man on the bottom, Brecht Decaluwé. Hopefully followers keep away from the remainder of the race to stop the unfold of COVID-19. Race organisers Flanders Classics did not publish the route forward of the time to be able to assist with this.

2020-10-18T08:03:29.949Z

243km to go

The official begin is taken and assaults fly from the off at this shortened Tour of Flanders.

2020-10-18T08:02:41.278Z

Defending champion Alberto Bettiol leads EF Professional Biking. World champion Julian Alaphilippe leads Elegant-QuickStep and has super-strong backup in Kasper Asgreen, Yves Lampaert and Zdenek Štybar.

Oliver Naesen heads up AG2R La Mondiale whereas the massive rivals Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) are among the many prime favourites.

Matteo Trentin leads CCC Crew as former world champion Mads Pedersen leads Trek-Segafredo, John Degenkolb leads Lotto Soudal and Michał Kwiatkowski and Dylan van Baarle lead Ineos Grenadiers.

Tiesj Benoot and Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Crew Emirates), Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ), Dylan Teuns (Bahrain McLaren), Nils Politt (Israel Begin-Up Nation) and Niki Terpstra (Whole Direct Energie) are among the many different main names to begin.

2020-10-18T07:55:39.363Z

There are just a few large names lacking – Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal) and Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Crew) miss out with damage, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) is on the Giro d’Italia and mooted debutant Tadej Pogačar (UAE Crew Emirates) ended his season early – however the begin record remains to be packed.

2020-10-18T07:53:16.714Z

Off they go!

2020-10-18T07:47:45.206Z

2020-10-18T07:47:22.695Z

It is a grim and uninteresting day in Antwerp because the riders begin the neutralised zone. The riders are all wrapped up of their heaters and over-jerseys.

2020-10-18T07:45:16.791Z

2020-10-18T07:43:11.771Z

Riders are presently signing in in Antwerp forward of the race begin which is available in a matter of minutes.

2020-10-18T07:40:34.092Z

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Whats up and welcome to our dwell protection of the 2020 Tour of Flanders, a bit later than standard this yr…



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