1956 Tour of Flanders

The 40th running of the Tour of Flanders cycling classic was held on Easter Monday, 2 April 1956. French rider Jean Forestier won the race after a late breakaway from a 30-strong group in Wetteren. Sprint specialist Stan Ockers won the sprint for second place; Leon Van Daele was third.[1] 37 of 122 riders finished.[2]

40th Tour of Flanders
Race details
Dates2 April 1956
Stages1
Distance238 km (147.9 mi)
Winning time6h 09'
Results
  Winner  Jean Forestier (FRA) (Follis–Dunlop)
  Second  Stan Ockers (BEL) (Elve–Peugeot)
  Third  Leon Van Daele (BEL) (Bertin)
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RouteEdit

The race started in Ghent and finished in Wetteren – totaling 238 km. The course featured five categorized climbs:[1]

ResultsEdit

Result
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Jean Forestier (FRA) Follis–Dunlop 6h 09' 00"
2   Stan Ockers (BEL) Elve–Peugeot + 9"
3   Leon Van Daele (BEL) Bertin s.t.
4   Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL) Elve–Peugeot s.t.
5   Lucien Mathys (BEL) Groene Leeuw s.t.
6   Germain Derijcke (BEL) Van Hauwaert–Faema–Guerra s.t.
7   André Vlayen (BEL) Elve–Peugeot s.t.
8   Briek Schotte (BEL) Faema s.t.
9   Ernest Sterckx (BEL) Elve–Peugeot s.t.
10   Jan Zagers (BEL) Libertas s.t.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Vanwalleghem, Rik (1991), De Ronde van Vlaanderen, Pinguin, Belgium, ISBN 90-73322-02-2, p 112
  2. ^ McGann, Bill; McGann, Carol. "1956 Ronde van Vlaanderen results". BikeRaceInfo. Cherokee Village, AR: McGann Publishing. Retrieved 29 February 2016.