Tour of Flanders 2019 - women: The Route

Anna van der Breggen - Tour of Flanders 2019 - women: The RouteSunday, 7 April 2019 – The women’s Tour of Flanders amounts to 157 kilometres and takes in ten hills and four cobbled sectors. The cobbled combo Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg is the climax of a finale with a series of sharp climbs in rapid succession, while the last 13.3 kilometres are played out on the flat.

Following the start in Antwerp it doesn’t take long for the first cobbles to appear. The pavé of the Lange Munte is tackled after almost 10 kilometres before the Lippehovenstraat and Paddestraat line up in quick succession at kilometre 34. Uphill hardship begins some 20 kilometres further down the road on the Achterberg (1,500 metres at 5%). Over the Leberg (950 metres at 4.2%), the cobbles of the Haaghoek, Berendries (940 metres at 7%) and Ten Bosse (450 metres at 6.9%) the women continue to the Wall of Geraardsbergen (475 metres at 9.3%).

Following a flat interlude of 30 kilometres the next cluster of climbs looms. Firstly, the Taaienberg, which is a new addition along along with the Steenbeekdries cobbled section. With 40 kilometres to race these climbs mark a tough last quarter of the race. And on it goes to the Kanarieberg (1,000 metres at 7.7%) and Kruisberg/Hotond (2,500 metres at 5%). This climb climb was Anna van der Breggen’s launch pad in last year’s race. She broke free and soloed to victory.

The illustrious combo Oude Kwaremont/Paterberg are the last ‘hellingen’ of the day. Oude Kwaremont is 2.2 kilometres at 4% and is shortly followed by the Paterberg. Only 360 metres long, the Patersberg is extremely steep. The average gradient is 12.9% and the toughest ramps go up at an unforgiving 20%.

The Tour of Flanders for women conclude with 13.3 kilometres on the flat to the finish line in Oudenaarde.

The race starts at 11:00 and the expected finish is around 15:10 – both local times.


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