Flanders round travel
„The Ronde “takes place annually at the beginning of of April, exactly one week before Paris Roubaix. Runningwas belonged to a again introduced series of the most important Radrennen of the yearly part after the season 2004 abolished wheel Worldcups and since 2005 to the UCI pro route.
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of Brügge out by the cycle racing-crazy flämischen part of Belgium prominent a daily running was started for the first time 1913. First winner was the Belgian Paul Deman. At the beginning a little successfully and by the First World War interrupted, it became more popular in and the 30's 20's. During into thoseapproximately half of the distance from non-asphalted ways, exists today rather the problem existed 50's inside due to the insufficient road improvement in Flanders to find at all still head restraint A PAVING STRAININg. Today „the Ronde is “most important running in Flanders and together with Lüttich Bastogne Lüttich and the Flèche Wallonnethe most important in Belgium.
Pointed name of running is Vlaanderens mooiste (the most beautiful of Flanders). The countless flämischen fans make the Ronde each year again the largest people celebration of Belgium. In Oudenaarde a museum is for the history of the round travel.
the routing that Flanders - round travel changes from year to year only insignificantly. After first approximately 150 km on flat distance are completed, leads the second part approximately 250 km is enough running by the hilly area of in such a way specified“flämischen Ardennen “. The goal is since 1973 on the neck dte way in Meerbeke.
„mounting jigs “
crucial for the exit of running are numerous mounting jigs started there, short and poisonous rises from usually no more than 2 km length and60-80 m difference in height, but up to over 20 per cent of upward gradient, which besides to the majority are not asphalted. At the most famous and feared are short the Koppenberg and before end of running the wall Geerardsbergen with upward gradients of to 20%.
Many „mounting jigs “become already before the Flanders round travelin numerous other flämischen spring classical authors started, so e.g. at „the Scheldepreis “, „the E3-Preis “or „the three days of De Panne “.
the Koppenberg was taken from 1988 to 2003 from the program, there the cyclist Jesper Skibby on the slippery Kopfsteinpflaster (flämisch „Kasseien “)slipped and around hair width from the jury car over-drive would be. Meanwhile the road surfacing of the rise was thoroughly overhauled and the mountain again part of the distance.
in each case three of victories during the Flanders round travel have the Italians Fiorenzo Magni as well as the Belgians Achiel Buyssel to exhibit and Johan Museeuw. Only German winners are Rudi Altig 1964 and Steffen Wesemann 2004. Current winner was in the year 2005 the Belgian Tom Boonen, which could repeat 2006 its success. See also winner list of the Flanders round travel.
Since 2004 there is also a woman competition.The women drive the same distance as the men, start however some hours before these. First Siegerin was Zoulfia Zabirova.
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