Tagged: Belgium

All my posts that mention or include Belgium in some way.

Liege Bastogne Liege 2013 Dan Martin distances Joaquim Rodriguez

Men and Women’s Liege Bastogne Liege 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

This Sunday’s Liege Bastogne Liege will be the first with the new finale. Gone are the late climbs of Saint-Nicolas and Ans and replaced instead with a more or less flat run into the centre of Liege. The old favourites are still in there though – the Cols and Cotes of Stockeu, Haute-Levee, Rosier, La Redoute and Roche-aux-Faucons.  With such a climb-heavy route but a...

Fleche Wallonne Photos 2019

After heading to the Netherlands for Amstel Gold, I stayed on and moved into Belgium for today’s Fleche Wallonne. I last saw this race in person during 2016 and managed to ride the finishing circuit the day before the race this year. The Mur de Huy is the centre point of the race, but it’s always packed. The Cote de Cherave however is always relatively...

Fleche Wallonne 2016 - Mathew Mitchell

Men and Women’s Fleche Wallone 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Wednesday 24th April sees the men and women’s pelotons tackle Fleche Wallone. Unlike Amstel Gold the women’s race has a solid continuous history since the first race in 1998 and similarly to the men has had a single rider dominate the finish in recent years. Alejandro Valverde’s run of 4 wins in a row was broken in 2018 by Julian Alaphilippe. The Mur de Huy...

Kittel wins Scheldeprijs 2017

Scheldeprijs 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

In the gap between the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix is Wednesday’s Scheldeprijs. It’s become known as the sprinter’s classic in recent years and the modern winner’s list rather backs this up. Marcel Kittel has won it 5 times and when he’s not won it Mark Cavendish (3 times), Tom Boonen (2 times), Alexander Kristoff, Tyler Farrar and Alessandro Petacchi have all won. In fact...

Canyon's Elena Cecchini

Women’s Tour of Flanders 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The women’s Tour of Flanders has been taking place since 2004 and takes place again on Sunday 7th April. Its podiums have always been a who’s who of the strongest cyclists in female cycling. 2018 saw Anna Van der Breggen take the crown, finishing just over a minute ahead of Amy Pieters and Annemiek Van Vleuten. 2017 saw more of a smallish bunch sprint finish...

Tour of Flanders 2018 Podium

Tour of Flanders 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Sunday’s Tour of Flanders or De Ronde for short is the highlight of the Flemish Spring Classics season. All of the races in the area that we’ve had so far have all been a lead-up to this race – one of the 5 monuments of cycling. The race is tied in very closely to the culture and identity of the Flanders region. The sides of...