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2015 Tour of Flanders - Ronde van Vlaanderen
World Tour

99th edition: Sunday, April 5, 2015

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Brugge - Oudenaarde, 264.9 km.

Alexander Kristoff wins the 2015 Tour of Flanders

Alexander Kristoff wins the 2015 Tour of Flanders

climbs19 climbs:

  1. Tiegemberg (km 87.3)
  2. Oude Kwaremont (km 112.9)
  3. Kortekeer (km 123.2)
  4. Eikenberg (km 133.8)
  5. Wolvenberg (km 133.8)
  6. Molenberg (km 146.5)
  7. Leberg (km 167)
  8. Berendries (km 171.1)
  9. Valkenberg (km 176.4)
  10. Kaperij (km 187)
  11. Kanarieberg (km 197.4)
  12. Oude Kwaremont (km 210.3)
  13. Paterperg (km 213.7)
  14. Koppenberg (km 220.3)
  15. Steenbeekdries (km 225.7)
  16. Taaienberg (km 228.2)
  17. Kruisberg/Hotond (km 238.4)
  18. Oude Kwaremont (km 248.2)
  19. Paterberg (km 251.7)

The Race: Weather in the start city of Brugge at 1PM, after the race had been going for a little more than an hour: 9 Celsius (48F), cloudy, wind from the ENE at 11 km/hr (7 mph), no rain was forecast. It was just about the same at the finish city, Oudenaarde.

The start was fast and about 20 kilometers into the race a break of six formed, to be quickly strengthened with the addition of Lars Ytting Bak and Marco Frapporti. After about sixty kilometers of racing the break was six minutes up the road. The peloton, led mostly by Sky, seemed unworried about the escaping riders.

The break riders (down to Lars Ytting Bak, Dylan Groenewegen, Ralf Matzka, Matthew Brammeier, Jesse Sergent and Damien Gaudin) had staying power and with 120 kms remaining, they still had more than four minutes in hand.

A Shimano service car wanting to get in front of the break clipped Jesse Sergent, sending him to the ground and out of the race. With 100 kms to go, the break still had a four-minute lead.

With about 65 kilometers to go the attacks started coming from the peloton and several groups formed between the pack and the original break, which was little more than two minutes ahead of the peloton.

And with 50 kilometers remaining, the breaks were all absorbed, but immediately more attacks were fired off. With 20 kilometers to go, Alexander Kristoff and Niki Terpstra managed to gain a small gap with several riders chasing

As the riders descended the final climb, the Paterberg, Kristoff and Terpstra still had twenty seconds with Peter Sagan and Greg van Avermaet working together to catch the leading duo. But, with eight kilometers still to race, they were still 16 seconds behind the leading pair.

Kristoff and Terpstra were able to maintain their slim lead to the end. In the sprint for the coveted race win Alexander Kristoff was the faster and stronger of the two, winning the 99th edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen

Complete Results:

264.9 km raced at an average speed of 41.119 km/hr

2015 Ronde van Vlaanderen photos |

1 KRISTOFF Alexander Katusha 6hr 26min 32sec
2 TERPSTRA Niki Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
3 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC @ 7sec
4 SAGAN Peter Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:16
5 BENOOT Tiesj Lotto-Soudal 0:00:36
6 BOOM Lars Astana s.t.
7 DEGENKOLB John Giant-Alpecin 0:00:49
8 ROELANDTS Jurgen Lotto-Soudal s.t.
9 STYBAR Zdenek Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
10 ELMIGER Martin IAM Cycling s.t.
11 OSS Daniel BMC s.t.
12 POZZATO Filippo Lampre-Merida s.t.
13 DEVOLDER Stijn Trek s.t.
14 THOMAS Geraint Sky s.t.
15 GREIPEL André Lotto-Soudal @ 2min 28sec
16 BURGHARDT Marcus BMC s.t.
17 DE VREESE Laurens Astana s.t.
18 MARCATO Marco Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
19 KEUKELEIRE Jens Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
20 OLIVEIRA Nelson Filipe Lampre-Merida 0:02:34
21 DEVENYNS Dries IAM Cycling 0:03:02
22 LUTSENKO Alexey Astana 0:03:11
23 DEMARE Arnaud FDJ 0:03:23
24 LAMPAERT Yves Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
25 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Lotto-Soudal s.t.
26 HAUSSLER Heinrich IAM Cycling s.t.
27 LEUKEMANS Björn Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
28 DRUCKER Jean Pierre BMC s.t.
29 RAST Grégory Trek s.t.
30 OFFREDO Yohan FDJ s.t.
31 WAEYTENS Zico Giant-Alpecin s.t.
32 STUYVEN Jasper Trek s.t.
33 KUZNETSOV Vyacheslav Katusha s.t.
34 ROJAS Jose Joaquin Movistar s.t.
35 NAESEN Oliver Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
36 BOZIC Borut Astana s.t.
37 VAN BAARLE Dylan Cannondale-Garmin s.t.
38 GRIVKO Andriy Astana s.t.
39 HAYMAN Mathew Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
40 VOSS Paul Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
41 SCHILLINGER Andreas Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
42 DE KORT Koen Giant-Alpecin s.t.
43 DURBRIDGE Luke Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
44 CIMOLAI Davide Lampre-Merida s.t.
45 CHAVANEL Sylvain IAM Cycling s.t.
46 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
47 GATTO Oscar Androni Giocattoli s.t.
48 HALLER Marco Katusha s.t.
49 QUINZIATO Manuel BMC s.t.
50 ROWE Luke Sky s.t.
51 VANDENBERGH Stijn Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
52 PAOLINI Luca Katusha 0:03:29
53 VANMARCKE Sep LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
54 LANGEVELD Sebastian Cannondale-Garmin 0:03:35
55 VENTOSO Francisco José Movistar 0:06:36
56 BAUER Jack Cannondale-Garmin s.t.
57 STANNARD Ian Sky s.t.
58 FARRAR Tyler MTN 0:07:08
59 SINKELDAM Ramon Giant-Alpecin s.t.
60 GRUZDEV Dmitriy Astana s.t.
61 DILLIER Silvan BMC s.t.
62 SIEBERG Marcel Lotto-Soudal s.t.
63 DELAGE Mickael FDJ s.t.
64 THWAITES Scott Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
65 ROULSTON Hayden Trek s.t.
66 KREDER Wesley Roompot s.t.
67 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt MTN s.t.
68 BANDIERA Marco Androni Giocattoli s.t.
69 VAN ASBROECK Tom LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
70 HOOGERLAND Johnny Roompot s.t.
71 LEEZER Tom LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
72 WYNANTS Maarten LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
73 BRESCHEL Matti Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
74 BERNAUDEAU Giovanni Europcar 0:07:32
75 SALOMEIN Jarl Topsport Vlaanderen 0:09:17
76 SELVAGGI Mirko Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
77 PORSEV Alexander Katusha s.t.
78 TSATEVITCH Alexey Katusha s.t.
79 KERKHOF Tim Roompot s.t.
80 BYSTROM Sven Erik Katusha s.t.
81 CURVERS Roy Giant-Alpecin s.t.
82 ARNDT Nikias Giant-Alpecin s.t.
83 KEISSE Iljo Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
84 SÜTTERLIN Jasha Movistar s.t.
85 GENE Yohann Europcar s.t.
86 LODEWYCK Klaas BMC s.t.
87 WIGGINS Bradley Sky s.t.
88 TRENTIN Matteo Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
89 MINARD Sébastien Ag2R s.t.
90 SENECHAL Florian Cofidis s.t.
91 THEUNS Edward Topsport Vlaanderen 0:10:27
92 DE BACKER Bert Giant-Alpecin s.t.
93 MARANGONI Alan Cannondale-Garmin s.t.
94 HOULE Hugo Ag2R s.t.
95 KOREN Kristjan Cannondale-Garmin s.t.
96 JUUL JENSEN Christopher Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
97 MAES Nikolas Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
98 SCHÄR Michael BMC s.t.
99 EISEL Bernhard Sky s.t.
100 IRIZAR Markel Trek s.t.
101 TOSATTO Matteo Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
102 CORT NIELSEN Magnus Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
103 TJALLINGII Maarten LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
104 VAN HOECKE Gijs Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
105 VAN SUMMEREN Johan Ag2R s.t.
106 WALLAYS Jelle Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
107 VAN LERBERGHE Bert Topsport Vlaanderen 0:12:55
108 VAN HECKE Preben Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
109 BROECKX Stig Lotto-Soudal s.t.
110 HUREL Tony Europcar s.t.
111 DOCKER Mitchell Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
112 HANSEN Lasse Norman Cannondale-Garmin s.t.
113 ZEPUNTKE Ruben Cannondale-Garmin s.t.
114 TULIK Angelo Europcar s.t.
115 TLEUBAYEV Ruslan Astana s.t.
116 PIBERNIK Luka Lampre-Merida s.t.
117 HOWARD Leigh Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
118 DUCHESNE Antoine Europcar s.t.
119 ERVITI Imanol Movistar s.t.
120 VAN GINNEKEN Sjoerd Roompot s.t.
121 PFINGSTEN Christoph Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
122 BRUTT Pavel Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
123 GAUDIN Damien Ag2R s.t.
124 LEMOINE Cyril Cofidis s.t.
125 BEWLEY Sam Orica-GreenEdge 0:15:02
126 VAN GOETHEM Brian Roompot s.t.
127 SKJERPING Kristoffer Cannondale-Garmin s.t.
128 VERHELST Louis Cofidis s.t.
129 VANLANDSCHOOT James Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
130 AYAZBAYEV Maxat Astana s.t.
131 DE VRIES Berden Roompot s.t.
132 BONNET William FDJ s.t.
133 BACKAERT Frederik Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.

2015 Ronde van Vlaanderen map

2015 Ronde van Vlaanderen map


2015 Ronde van Vlaanderen Photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Race start in Brugge

At the race start in Brugge

Tyler Farrar

Tyler Farrar ascends the Molenberg

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins

Damien Gaudin

Damien Gaudin leads up the Old Kwaremont

Alexander Kristoff and Niki Terpstra

The race-winning move: Niki Terpstra attacks with Alexander Kristoff up the Patersberg

Greg van Avermaet

Greg van Avermaet on the Patersberg

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan gives chase

Geraint Thomas on the PAtersberg

Geraint Thomas on the Patersberg

Zdenek Stybar on the PAtersberg

Zdenek Stybar climbs the Patersberg's cobbles.

John Degenkoilb

John Degenkolb

Lars Boom

Lars Boom

Filippo Pozzato

Filippo Pozzato

Kristoff and Terpstra

Kristoff and Terpstra steam for the line

Alexander kristoff wins the Ronde van Vlaanderen

Alexander Kristoff wins the 2015 Ronde van Vlaanderen

2015 Ronde van Vlaanderen podium

The podium, from left: Niki Terpstra, Alex Kristoff, Greg van Avermaet. The litte future Flanders winner is Kristoff's son.

Pre-Race photos, the riders test the course:

The Koppenberg

The Koppenberg before the racers and the crowds of fans

Koppenberg sign

The Koppenberg is a tough climb, here are the numbers to prove it.

Marco Marcato

Marco Marcato checking out the Koppenberg

Sylvain Chavanel

The Koppenberg gives Silvain Chavanel and the riders behind him a little trouble.

Oscar Gatto

Oscar Gatto

Heinrich Haussler

Heinrich Haussler pauses on the Koppenberg

Iam Cycling

These Iam Cycling riders aren't finding the Koppenberg any easier than the others.

Old Kwaremont

The cobbles of the Old Kwaremont look intimidating

Startlist with back numbers |

TREK
1 DEVOLDER Stijn
2 IRIZAR Markel
3 POPOVYCH Yaroslav
4 RAST Grégory
5 ROULSTON Hayden
6 SERGENT Jesse
7 STUYVEN Jasper
8 BEPPU Fumiyuki
ETIXX-QUICK STEP
11 TERPSTRA Niki
12 KEISSE Iljo
13 LAMPAERT Yves
14 MAES Nikolas
15 STYBAR Zdenek
16 TRENTIN Matteo
17 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
18 VANDENBERGH Stijn
LOTTO-SOUDAL
21 ROELANDTS Jurgen
22 BAK Lars Ytting
23 BENOOT Tiesj
24 DE BIE Sean
25 BROECKX Stig
26 DEBUSSCHERE Jens
27 GREIPEL André
28 SIEBERG Marcel
AG2R-LA MONDIALE
31 VAN SUMMEREN Johan
32 BAGDONAS Gediminas
33 GAUDIN Damien
34 GOUGEARD Alexis
35 HOULE Hugo
36 JAUREGUI Quentin
37 MINARD Sébastien
38 TURGOT Sébastien
ASTANA
41 BOOM Lars
42 BOZIC Borut
43 DE VREESE Laurens
44 AYAZBAYEV Maxat
45 GRIVKO Andriy
46 GRUZDEV Dmitriy
47 LUTSENKO Alexey
48 TLEUBAYEV Ruslan
BMC
51 VAN AVERMAET Greg
52 BURGHARDT Marcus
53 DILLIER Silvan
54 DRUCKER Jean Pierre
55 OSS Daniel
56 QUINZIATO Manuel
57 SCHÄR Michael
58 LODEWYCK Klaas
FDJ
61 BONNET William
62 BOUCHER David
63 DELAGE Mickael
64 DEMARE Arnaud
65 CHAVANEL Sébastien
66 LADAGNOUS Matthieu
67 OFFREDO Yohan
68 SARREAU Marc
IAM CYCLING
71 CHAVANEL Sylvain
72 DEVENYNS Dries
73 ELMIGER Martin
74 HAUSSLER Heinrich
75 HOLLENSTEIN Reto
76 KLUGE Roger
77 REYNES MIMO Vicente
78 BRANDLE Matthias
LAMPRE-MERIDA
81 POZZATO Filippo
82 BONIFAZIO Niccolo
83 CIMOLAI Davide
84 MODOLO Sacha
85 PIBERNIK Luka
86 RICHEZE Ariel Maximiliano
87 OLIVEIRA Nelson Filipe
88 FERRARI Roberto
MOVISTAR
91 ERVITI Imanol
92 GADRET John
93 LOBATO Juan Jose
94 QUINTANA Dayer Uberney
95 ROJAS Jose Joaquin
96 SANZ Enrique
97 SÜTTERLIN Jasha
98 VENTOSO Francisco José
ORICA-GREENEDGE
101 BEWLEY Sam
102 DOCKER Mitchell
103 DURBRIDGE Luke
104 HAYMAN Mathew
105 BLYTHE Adam
106 KEUKELEIRE Jens
107 HOWARD Leigh
108 CORT NIELSEN Magnus
CANNONDALE-GARMIN
111 BAUER Jack
112 HANSEN Lasse Norman
113 KOREN Kristjan
114 LANGEVELD Sebastian
115 MARANGONI Alan
116 SKJERPING Kristoffer
117 VAN BAARLE Dylan
118 ZEPUNTKE Ruben
GIANT-ALPECIN
121 DEGENKOLB John
122 ARNDT Nikias
123 CURVERS Roy
124 DE BACKER Bert
125 DE KORT Koen
126 SINKELDAM Ramon
127 TIMMER Albert
128 WAEYTENS Zico
KATUSHA
131 KRISTOFF Alexander
132 GUARNIERI Jacopo
133 HALLER Marco
134 KUZNETSOV Vyacheslav
135 PAOLINI Luca
136 PORSEV Alexander
137 BYSTROM Sven Erik
138 TSATEVITCH Alexey
LOTTO NL-JUMBO
141 VANMARCKE Sep
142 FLENS Rick
143 LEEZER Tom
144 TANKINK Bram
145 TJALLINGII Maarten
146 VAN ASBROECK Tom
147 WAGNER Robert
148 WYNANTS Maarten
SKY
151 WIGGINS Bradley
152 EISEL Bernhard
153 VIVIANI Elia
154 KNEES Christian
155 PUCCIO Salvatore
156 ROWE Luke
157 STANNARD Ian
158 THOMAS Geraint
TINKOFF-SAXO
161 SAGAN Peter
162 BODNAR Maciej
163 BRESCHEL Matti
164 JUUL JENSEN Christopher
165 MORKOV Michael
166 BRUTT Pavel
167 TOSATTO Matteo
168 TRUSOV Nikolai
ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI
171 GATTO Oscar
172 BANDIERA Marco
173 CHICCHI Francesco
174 DALL'ANTONIA Tiziano
175 FRAPPORTI Marco
176 NARDIN Alberto
177 PADOUR Frantisek
178 TABORRE Fabio
BORA-ARGON 18
181 ARCHBOLD Shane
182 THWAITES Scott
183 MATZKA Ralf
184 PFINGSTEN Christoph
185 SCHILLINGER Andreas
186 SCHWARZMANN Michael
187 THURAU Bjorn
188 VOSS Paul
COFIDIS
192 JOEAAR Gert
193 LEMOINE Cyril
194 PETIT Adrien
195 SENECHAL Florian
196 VAN STAEYEN Michael
197 VENTURINI Clément
198 VERHELST Louis
MTN-QHUBEKA
201 BRAMMEIER Matthew
202 GOSS Matthew Harley
203 CIOLEK Gerald
204 FARRAR Tyler
205 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
206 STAUFF Andreas
207 REGUIGUI Youcef
208 THOMSON Jay Robert
ROOMPOT
211 DE VRIES Berden
212 GROENEWEGEN Dylan
213 HOOGERLAND Johnny
214 KERKHOF Tim
215 KREDER Wesley
216 SLIK Ivar
217 VAN GINNEKEN Sjoerd
218 VAN GOETHEM Brian
EUROPCAR
221 BERNAUDEAU Giovanni
222 DUCHESNE Antoine
223 ENGOULVENT Jimmy
224 GENE Yohann
225 HUREL Tony
226 JEROME Vincent
227 MARTINEZ Yannick
228 TULIK Angelo
TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
231 VAN LERBERGHE Bert
232 NAESEN Oliver
233 SALOMEIN Jarl
234 THEUNS Edward
235 VAN HECKE Preben
236 VAN HOECKE Gijs
237 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter
238 WALLAYS Jelle
WANTY–GROUPE GOBERT
241 BACKAERT Frederik
242 JANS Roy
243 ANTONINI Simone
244 LEUKEMANS Björn
245 MARCATO Marco
246 SELVAGGI Mirko
247 VANLANDSCHOOT James
248 VEUCHELEN Frederik