2017 Tour of Flanders
The 2017 Tour of Flanders (Dutch: Ronde van Vlaanderen 2017) was the 101st edition of the Tour of Flanders, a one-day cycling classic, that took place on 2 April 2017. It was the second monument race of the 2017 cycling season and the thirteenth event of the 2017 UCI World Tour. The race marked the pinnacle of the Flemish Cycling Week.
|2017 UCI World Tour, race 13 of 37|
|Dates||2 April 2017|
|Distance||260.8 km (162.1 mi)|
|Winning time||6h 23' 45"|
The race was won by Belgian national champion Philippe Gilbert from the Quick-Step Floors team, after a solo attack on the Oude Kwaremont and holding off the rest of the field over the remaining 55 kilometres (34 mi). Second place went to another Belgian, Greg Van Avermaet of the BMC Racing Team, beating Dutch riders Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) and Dylan van Baarle from Cannondale–Drapac in a three-up sprint finish for the podium placings.
The city of Antwerp staged the start of the event for the first time, after 19 starts in Bruges, marking the first time the Tour of Flanders addressed the province of Antwerp. The race finished in Oudenaarde for a total distance of 260.8 kilometres (162.1 mi) and saw the renewed inclusion of the Muur van Geraardsbergen, one of the emblematic climbs of the race.
The first 116 kilometres (72 mi) of the race are on all-flat roads from Antwerp via Sint-Niklaas, Dendermonde, Aalst and Zottegem towards Oudenaarde, where the race passes for the first time after 101 kilometres (63 mi); before addressing the first of 18 climbs, the Oude Kwaremont after 116 kilometres (72 mi). The Oude Kwaremont, which has been the focal point of the Ronde in the last few years, appears three times on the route and its last two appearances are paired with the Paterberg three kilometres later. The Muur van Geraardsbergen is the ninth categorised climb at 95 kilometres (59 mi) from the finish.
The final 75 kilometres (47 mi) were identical to previous editions. Of the final nine climbs, first was the Kanarieberg, then the first combination of Oude Kwaremont–Paterberg, followed just 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) later by the roughly-cobbled Koppenberg, the steepest climb of the race. The Koppenberg was immediately followed by the flat cobbled sector of the Mariaborrestraat, leading to the Steenbeekdries and Taaienberg climbs. The Kruisberg in Ronse came at 26 kilometres (16 mi) from the finish, before heading to the final two climbs. The second pairing of Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg represented the end game of the race, preceding the 13.2-kilometre (8.2 mi) run-in to the finish.
Categorised climbs and cobblesEdit
Eighteen categorised climbs are programmed, of which 12 are cobbled. In addition to the climbs, five sectors of flat cobbled roads are included.
|8||Muur van Geraardsbergen||165.8||95.0||cobbles||1075||9.3%||19.8%|
25 teams competed in the race. The 18 UCI WorldTeams were automatically invited and obliged to participate in the race, while an additional seven Professional Continental teams were given wildcard entries, when these were announced on 28 February 2017. Jens Keukeleire of Orica–Scott pulled out of the race on the morning of the start, making a total peloton of 199 riders.
UCI Professional Continental teams
|1||Philippe Gilbert (BEL)||Quick-Step Floors||6h 23' 45"|
|2||Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)||BMC Racing Team||+ 29"|
|3||Niki Terpstra (NED)||Quick-Step Floors||+ 29"|
|4||Dylan van Baarle (NED)||Cannondale–Drapac||+ 29"|
|5||Alexander Kristoff (NOR)||Team Katusha–Alpecin||+ 53"|
|6||Sacha Modolo (ITA)||UAE Team Emirates||+ 53"|
|7||John Degenkolb (GER)||Trek–Segafredo||+ 53"|
|8||Filippo Pozzato (ITA)||Wilier Triestina–Selle Italia||+ 53"|
|9||Sylvain Chavanel (FRA)||Direct Énergie||+ 53"|
|10||Sonny Colbrelli (ITA)||Bahrain–Merida||+ 53"|
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