Tour of Flanders 2018

Cycling

ByTheMinCycle

Hello folks, Happy Ronde Day. It's finally here, we're in Flanders and it's time for the fist of the 2 big cobbled classics, the Ronde van Vlaanderen/Tour of Flanders, I'm Chris Rolfe and I'll be taking you through the final 120km

We have a 10 man break out front at the moment with a lead of 4:34, I'll find out who they are in a moment

Here's a little profile for your enjoyment

And a map

Break: Ivan Cortina (TBM), Ryan Gibbons (DDD), Pascal Eenkhoorn (TJL), Fillipo Ganna (UAD), Aime De Gendt (SVB), Michael Goolaerts (VWC), Dimitri Peyskens (WBA), Floris Gerts, Pim Ligthart (RNL) and Jimmy Turgis (COF)

Right we have 115km to race now, all the contenders are in the peloton, Sep Vanmarcke had some issues earlier as he was taken down on 2 crashes but he could just be getting his bad luck out of the way early

We do also have the women's race going on at the same time but unsurprisingly EuroSport have totally ignored its existence, hopefully they'll show the finish and I can bring you the winner

Groupama-FDJ are on he front of the peloton as they hit the Leberg, they're riding for Arnaud Demare, will he be able to stay with the big men over the climbs? Only time will tell

The break are heading for the Berendries climb as the peloton climb the previous climb, the gap has been dropping quickly in the last 30-40km and the breaks days are numbered

And the break are into the Berendries, 0.94km long averaging 7%, they're riding nicely together but it's not enough as a ruthless peloton hunt them down