Tour of Flanders 2020 - women: The Route

Marta Bastianelli - Tour of Flanders 2020 - women: The RouteSunday 18 October – At 135 kilometres, the Tour of Flanders includes ten hills and four cobbled sectors. The Oude Kwaremont/Paterberg combo concludes a series of sharp climbs before the last 13.3 kilometres are played out on the flat. (Slideshow route/profile)

The race commences in Oudenaarde and the first 54 kilometres are flat with three cobbles sectors: Lange Munte, Lippehovenstraat and Paddestraat. Then the first uphill appears in the shape of the Achterberg (1,500 metres at 5%). Via the cobbles of the Haaghoek and over the Leberg (950 metres at 4.2%), 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%).

Time for a breather. After 30 kilometres on the flat the next cluster of climbs appears. The Kanarieberg (1,000 metres at 7.7%) leads onto the Kanarieberg (1.000 meter à 7,7%), while the Kruisberg/Hotond (2.500 metres à 5%) is the last hurdle before the Oude Kwaremont/Paterberg. Two years ago, Anna van der Breggen attacked on Kruisberg/Hotondop to solo 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 Paterberg is extremely steep. The average gradient is 12.9% and the toughest ramps go up at an unforgiving 20%.

The Tour of Flanders concludes with a flat run-in of 13.3 kilometres into Oudenaarde.

Last year, Marta Bastianelli, Annemiek van Vleuten and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig were the first riders over the Paterberg. They held off a chasing group before Bastianelli sprinted to the win.

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