The Tour of Flanders for women starts in Oudenaarde and when they are back there after 40 kilometres the party really gets going when the first hill looms. Wolvenberg is a 645 metres with a steepest sector at 17.3%. Almost directly it’s bumping and bouncing time at the pavé of the Ruiterstraat, Kerkgate and Jagerij, while the cobbled climb up Molenberg is next – 463 metres while the toughest sector account for a 14.3% gradient.
Hills and stretches of pavé come and go until Kanarieberg ushers in the finale with a 1 kilometre climb at 7.7%. At the top it’s 35 kilometres left to race and three Flemish hills left to conquer…
Kruisberg is crested after a 2.5 kilometres toil at 5% and then the finale’s finale offers a duo of cobbled climbs. Oude Kwaremont is 2.2 kilometres at 4% with steepest sectors at over 11%. 3.4 kilometres later Paterberg is the last hurdle. The cobbled climb is only 360 metres, but the average grade is 12.9% and the maximum grade is a grueling 20,3%! At the top of this monster the women face 13.3 flat kilometres to the finish line in Oudenaarde.
Last year, Elisa Longo Borghini was the victor in Flanders Finest.
Race results/race report 2016 Tour of Flanders for women.
Tour of Flanders 2016 for women: Route maps, height profile, and more
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