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2021 Tour of Flanders - Ronde van Vlaanderen
(World Tour)

105th edition: Sunday, April 4, 2021

Complete results of every Tour of Flanders | 2020 edition | Map | Photos | Start list | Video of Tour of Flanders: The Inside Story

Antwerp - Oudenaarde, 251.5 km

Kasper Asgreen

We have a Danish winner, the first since Rolf Sorensen in 1997. Kasper Asgreen takes the Tour of Flanders ahead of Mathieu van der Poel. Getty Images.

Weather at the finish city of Oudenaarde, Belgium at 1:40 PM, local time: 8C (46F), cloudy, with the wind from the northeast at 6 km/hr (4 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: With the race little more than 10 kilometers old, Yegeniy Federov (Astana) and Otto Vergaerde (Alpecin-Fenix) argued with their bikes and bodies over whether Federov should jump from the field to a break up the road. They were immediately expelled from the race. Eurosport captured the moment.

Arguement

Well into the race Ag2r's Michael Schar, who had been having mechanical problems, was kicked out of the race for throwing trash in a non-litter zone.

Here is the organizer's race summary:

After a fairly calm start the race exploded with 50km remaining. The Dane Asgreen and the Dutchman Van der Poel shaped the race and could sprint for victory in Oudenaarde. The Dane was the strongest. Van Avermaet finished in 3rd place.

On this Easter Sunday, the peloton was clearly not in the mood for a hard race from the start onwards. The early breakaway was formed quite quickly after the starting signal in Antwerp. There were seven of them, the men who made the first hours of the 105th Tour of Flanders: Bissegger (EF Education - Nippo), Paasschens (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Wallays (Cofidis), Norsgaard (Movistar Team), Van Den Bossche (Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise), Denz (Team DSM) and Houle (Astana - Premier Tech). Their maximum lead was about 13 minutes.

While the peloton nibbled away at the breakaway riders' advantage minute by minute, nervousness increased ahead of the second climb of the Oude Kwaremont. A crash forced Riesebeek and Dillier (Alpecin-Fenix) to abandon the race, leaving Van der Poel with only three companions after Vergaerde's earlier disqualification. Also among the casualties were the men of Elegant - Quick-Step, where Asgreen and world champion Alaphilippe, among others, had to close a gap on the peloton.

On the second climb of the Oude Kwaremont, Bissegger set the pace at the front, which led to his fellow escapees having to let go. In the peloton, Lampaert showed off his good legs. World champion Alaphilippe followed his teammate, as did Danish champion Asgreen. The latter dived into the descent together with the Dutch champion, while Van Aert sensed the danger and dragged the rest of the pack onto the wheel of the champion duo.

In the run-up to the first pass on the Paterberg, the pace didn't slow down. On the steepest parts of the Paterberg, Asgreen accelerated again and Van der Poel followed in his wheel. They didn't get away, but there was no peloton at that point.

Just after the Paterberg it was Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers) who showed himself in his first Ronde. He had the company of Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Haller (Bahrain-Victorious) and Sénéchal (Deceuninck - Quick-Step). Behind, it was Alaphilippe and Laporte (Cofidis) who joined forces and rode towards the Pidcock group. Van Aert, Van der Poel and Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) had to chase.

On the Koppenberg, the moment of world champion Alaphilippe had come. The Frenchman took off and joined leader Bissegger at the top. With more than 40km to go, it was too early for the two of them to stay in front. Van Aert, Van der Poel and a remnant of Pidcock's group joined the riders.

On the Mariaborrestraat Haller started to anticipate the view on the Taaienberg. Again Asgreen lit a fire under the bridge and Van der Poel sprinted to the Dane's wheel. World champion Alapilippe and top favourite Van Aert also joined in. Haller's attack paid off up top, as the Austrian was able to join the favourites' train. Teuns, his teammate, also attacked from the background.

With 27km to go, Asgreen shook the tree for the umpteenth time. Just like earlier in the race, Van der Poel stuck to the Dane's wheel. After Van Aert could also join, the trio joined forces. The Dutch champion accelerated on the last spur of the Oude Kwaremont. Van Aert was dropped. Asgreen was able to join Van der Poel in the descent and went with the Dutchman to the final climb.

Asgreen and Van der Poel

Van der der Poel and Asgreen duel for the win.

On the Paterberg Asgreen and Van der Poel were a great match. The duo raced wheel-to-wheel to the finish in Oudenaarde. Just like in October, a sprint after 254 km would decide on the winner of the race. Van der Poel had to start the sprint from the front again, but saw Asgreen pass him with the line in sight. In the pursuit, it was Van Avermaet who beat Stuyven in the sprint for 3rd place.

Asgreen could now rectify his second place of 2019 with a win at the 105th edition of the Tour of Flanders.

Complete results:

Race photos

174 starters, 113 classified finishers, 58 abandons, 3 disqualifications.

251.5 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.662 km/hr

1 Kasper Asgreen Elegant-Quick Step 6hr 2min 12sec
2 Mathieu van der Poel Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
3 Greg van Avermaet Ag2r-Citroën @ 32sec
4 Jasper Stuyven Trek-Segafredo 0:33
5 Sep Vanmarcke Israel Start-Up Nation 0:47
6 Wout Van Aert Jumbo-Visma s.t.
7 Gianni Vermeersch Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
8 Anthony Turgis Total Direct Energie s.t.
9 Florian Senechal Elegant-Quick Step s.t.
10 Dylan van Baarle INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
11 Christophe Laporte Cofidis s.t.
12 Tiesj Benoot Team DSM 0:49
13 Dimitri Claeys Qhubeka-Assos 2:15
14 Marcus Burghardt Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
15 Peter Sagan Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
16 Danny van Poppel Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
17 Yves Lampaert Elegant-Quick Step s.t.
18 Alexander Kristoff UAE Team Emirates s.t.
19 Tom van Asbroeck Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
20 Heinrich Haussler Bahrain Victorious s.t.
21 Michael Matthews Team BikeExchange s.t.
22 Nils Politt Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
23 Ivan Garcia Movistar s.t.
24 Hugo Hofstetter Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
25 Tim Wellens Lotto Soudal s.t.
26 Jenthe Biermans Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
27 Max Walscheid Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
28 Alberto Bettiol EF Education-Nippo s.t.
29 Clement Russo Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
30 John Degenkolb Lotto Soudal s.t.
31 Arjen Livyns Bingoal-WB s.t.
32 Dries van Gestel Total Direct Energie s.t.
33 Oliver Naesen Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
34 Aime De Gendt Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
35 Dylan Teuns Bahrain Victorious s.t.
36 Warren Barguil Arkéa-Samsic 2:20
37 Sven Erik Bystrøm UAE Team Emirates s.t.
38 Victor Campenaerts Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
39 Valentin Madouas Groupama-FDJ s.t.
40 Marco Haller Bahrain Victorious 2:24
41 Tom Pidcock INEOS Grenadiers 2:35
42 Julian Alaphilippe Elegant-Quick Step s.t.
43 Michael Gogl Qhubeka-Assos 2:52
44 Stefan Kung Groupama-FDJ 3:19
45 Mathias Norsgaard Movistar s.t.
46 Cyril Lemoine B&B Hotels s.t.
47 Cedric Beullens Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 4:00
48 Cyril Barthe B&B Hotels s.t.
49 Dries De Bondt Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
50 Stan Dewulf Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
51 Robert Stannard Team BikeExchange s.t.
52 Kevin Geniets Groupama-FDJ s.t.
53 Damien Touze Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
54 Ethan Hayter INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
55 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain Victorious s.t.
56 Rui Oliveira UAE Team Emirates s.t.
57 Matteo Trentin UAE Team Emirates 9:00
58 Søren Kragh Andersen Team DSM s.t.
59 Edward Theuns Trek-Segafredo s.t.
60 Thimo Willems Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
61 Piet Allegaert Cofidis s.t.
62 Nathan van Hooydonck Jumbo-Visma s.t.
63 Nico Denz Team DSM s.t.
64 Ryan Gibbons UAE Team Emirates s.t.
65 Olivier Le Gac Groupama-FDJ s.t.
66 Juri Hollmann Movistar s.t.
67 Gonzalo Serrano Movistar s.t.
68 Jelle Wallays Cofidis s.t.
69 Luc Wirtgen Bingoal-WB s.t.
70 Ben Perry Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
71 Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-WB s.t.
72 Michal Golas INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
73 Connor Swift Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
74 Boy van Poppel Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
75 Bert van Lerberghe Elegant-Quick Step s.t.
76 Lukasz Wisniowski Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
77 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
78 Johan Jacobs Movistar s.t.
79 Hugo Houle Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
80 Jelle Vanendert Bingoal-WB s.t.
81 Dmitriy Gruzdev Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
82 Jack Bauer Team BikeExchange s.t.
83 Lluis Mas Movistar s.t.
84 Edvald Boasson Hagen Total Direct Energie s.t.
85 Loic Vliegen Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
86 Niki Terpstra Total Direct Energie s.t.
87 Luke Durbridge Team BikeExchange s.t.
88 Daniel Oss Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
89 Stefan Bissegger EF Education-Nippo s.t.
90 Jonas Rickaert Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
91 Artyom Zakharov Astana-Premier Tech 13:00
92 Maarten Wynants Jumbo-Visma s.t.
93 David Dekker Jumbo-Visma s.t.
94 Pascal Eenkhoorn Jumbo-Visma s.t.
95 Bert De Backer B&B Hotels s.t.
96 Koen De Kort Trek-Segafredo s.t.
97 Timo Roosen Jumbo-Visma s.t.
98 Guillaume Boivin Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
99 Marcel Sieberg Bahrain Victorious s.t.
100 Tobias Ludvigsson Groupama-FDJ s.t.
101 Taco van der Hoorn Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
102 Frederik Backaert B&B Hotels s.t.
103 Christophe Noppe Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
104 Maciej Bodnar Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
105 Vegard Stake Laengen UAE Team Emirates s.t.
106 Wesley Kreder Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
107 Daniel McLay Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
108 Pieter Vanspeybrouck Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
109 Sebastian Langeveld EF Education-Nippo s.t.
110 Fabio Van Den Bossche Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
111 Andre Carvalho Cofidis s.t.
112 Fred Wright Bahrain Victorious s.t.
113 Damien Gaudin Total Direct Energie s.t.

2021 Tour of Flanders map:

2021 Tour of FLanders map

2021 Ronde de Vlaanderen photos:

Race start

Lovely, cool cool day for the big race. Organizer's photo

Breakaway

Nico Denz & Jelle Wallays lead a break on the Old Kwaremont. Sirotti photo

Old Kwaremont

Traffic jam on the Old Kwaremont

Van der poel and Asgreen

Mathieu van der Poel and Kasper Asgreen are well and truly gone as they approach the finish. Sirotti photo

Paterberg

On the Paterberg, Mathieu van der Poel and Kasper Asgreen go deep. Sirotti photo

Wout van Aert

Wout van Aert on the Paterberg, near the finish. Sirotti photo

Florian Senechal

Florian Senechal. Sirotti photo

Hugo Hofstetter

Hugo Hofstetter. Sirotti photo

Madouas, Valentin; Alaphilippe, Julian

Valentin Madouas and World Champion Julian Alaphilippe. Sirotti photo

Paterberg

Getting up the Paterberg looks like one tough grunt. Sirotti photo

Riders on Paterberg

Another shot of riders who have almost finished a hard day at the office.

Kasper Asgreen

Kasper Asgreen had just a bit more in the tank. Sirotti photo

Kasper Asgreen

Winner Kasper Asgreen. Photo: Tim De Waele/Getty Images

2021 Tour of Flanders podium

The 2021 Tour of Flanders podium, from left: Matheiu van de Peol (2nd), Kasper Asgreen (1st) & Greg van Avermaet (3rd). Sirotti photo


Start list with back numbers, April 3, 2021:

  ALPECIN-FENIX
DS ROODHOOFT Christophe
1 VAN DER POEL Mathieu
2 DE BONDT Dries
3 DILLIER Silvan
4 RICKAERT Jonas
5 RIESEBEEK Oscar
6 VERMEERSCH Gianni
7 VERGAERDE Otto
DECEUNINCK (Elegant) -QUICK STEP
DS PEETERS Wilfried
11 ALAPHILIPPE Julian
12 ASGREEN Kasper
13 BALLERINI Davide
14 DECLERCQ Tim
15 SENECHAL Florian
16 LAMPAERT Yves
17 VAN LERBERGHE Bert
AG2R-CITROEN
DS JURDIE Julien
21 VAN AVERMAET Greg
22 DEWULF Stan
23 NAESEN Oliver
24 NAESEN Lawrence
25 SCHÄR Michael
26 TOUZÉ Damien
27 VAN HOECKE Gijs
JUMBO-VISMA
DS BOVEN Jan
31 VAN AERT Wout
32 AFFINI Edoardo
33 DEKKER David
34 EENKHOORN Pascal
35 ROOSEN Timo
36 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
37 WYNANTS Maarten
LOTTO SOUDAL
DS FRISON Herman
41 DEGENKOLB John
42 VAN DER SANDE Tosh
43 KLUGE Roger
44 FRISON Frederik
45 VAN MOER Brent
46 VERMEERSCH Florian
47 WELLENS Tim
TREK-SEGAFREDO
DS DE JONGH Steven
51 STUYVEN Jasper
52 DE KORT Koen
53 REIJNEN Kiel
54 MULLEN Ryan
55 PEDERSEN Mads
56 SIMMONS Quinn
57 THEUNS Edward
BORA-HANSGROHE
DS POITSCHKE Enrico
61 SAGAN Peter
62 BODNAR Maciej
63 BURGHARDT Marcus
64 OSS Daniel
65 POLITT Nils
66 PÖSTLBERGER Lukas
67 GAMPER Patrick
EF EDUCATION-NIPPO
DS KLIER Andreas
71 BETTIOL Alberto
72 BISSEGGER Stefan
73 ANDERSEN Michael
74 KEUKELEIRE Jens
75 LANGEVELD Sebastian
76 RUTSCH Jonas
77 SCULLY Thomas
ISRAEL START-UP NATION
DS DEMOL Dirk
81 VANMARCKE Sep
82 BIERMANS Jenthe
83 HOFSTETTER Hugo
84 HOLLENSTEIN Reto
85 BOIVIN Guillaume
86 VAN ASBROECK Tom
87 RENARD Alexis
TEAM DSM
DS REEF Marc
91 BENOOT Tiesj
92 DENZ Nico
93 EEKHOFF Nils
94 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren
95 NIEUWENHUIS Joris
96 ARNDT Nikias
97 SÜTTERLIN Jasha
TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE
DS LAPAGE Laurenzo
101 MATTHEWS Michael
102 BAUER Jack
103 DURBRIDGE Luke
104 EDMONDSON Alexander
105 JANSEN Amund
106 STANNARD Robert
107 MEZGEC Luka
UAE TEAM EMIRATES
DS PEIPER Allan
111 KRISTOFF Alexander
112 BJERG Mikkel
113 BYSTROM Sven
114 GIBBONS Ryan
115 LAENGEN Vegard
116 TRENTIN Matteo
117 OLIVEIRA Rui
QHUBEKA-ASSOS
DS MICHAELSEN Lars
121 CAMPENAERTS Victor
122 CLAEYS Dimitri
123 GOGL Michael
124 NIZZOLO Giacomo
125 VINJEBO Emil
126 WALSCHEID Max
127 WISNIOWSKI Lukasz
ASTANA-PREMIER TECH
DS BAUER Steve
131 FEDOROV Yevgeniy
132 GIDICH Yevgeniy
133 GRUZDEV Dmitriy
134 HOULE Hugo
135 STALNOV Nikita
136 ZAKHAROV Artyom
137 PERRY Benjamin
COFIDIS
DS DELOEUIL Alain
141 LAPORTE Christophe
142 ALLEGAERT Piet
143 BOHLI Tom
144 DRUCKER Jean-Pierre
145 CARVALHO Andre
146 VANBILSEN Kenneth
147 WALLAYS Jelle
BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS
DS ALDAG Rolf
151 COLBRELLI Sonny
152 TEUNS Dylan
153 WRIGHT Fred
154 HALLER Marco
155 HAUSSLER Heinrich
156 MILAN Jonathan
157 SIEBERG Marcel
GROUPAMA-FDJ
DS GUESDON Frederic
161 KÜNG Stefan
162 GENIETS Kevin
163 LE GAC Olivier
165 LUDVIGSSON Tobias
166 MADOUAS Valentin
167 DUCHESNE Antoine
INEOS GRENADIERS
DS KNAVEN Servais
171 PIDCOCK Thomas
172 BASSO Leonardo
173 DOULL Owain
174 GOLAS Michal
175 HAYTER Ethan
176 ROWE Luke
177 VAN BAARLE Dylan
INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT MATÉRIAUX
DS VAN DER SCHUEREN Hilaire
181 DE GENDT Aimé
182 VAN POPPEL Danny
183 KREDER Wesley
184 VAN DER HOORN Taco
185 VAN POPPEL Boy
186 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter
187 VLIEGEN Loïc
MOVISTAR
DS GARCIA Jose
191 GARCIA Ivan
192 JØRGENSEN Mathias
193 ERVITI Imanol
194 HOLLMANN Juri
195 JACOBS Johan
196 MAS BONET Lluis
197 SERRANO Gonzalo
B&B HOTELS
DS ROUS Didier
201 COQUARD Bryan
202 BACKAERT Frederik
203 BARTHE Cyril
204 DE BACKER Bert
205 DEBUSSCHERE Jens
206 LECROQ Jérémy
207 LEMOINE Cyril
BINGOAL-WB
DS DEMARBAIX Sebastien
211 DUPONT Timothy
212 LIVYNS Arjen
213 PAASSCHENS Mathijs
214 PAQUOT Tom
215 WIRTGEN Tom
216 VANENDERT Jelle
217 WIRTGEN Luc
SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
DS PLANCKAERT Walter
221 BEULLENS Cedric
222 DE VYLDER Lindsay
223 MARIT Arne
224 VAN DEN BOSSCHE Fabio
225 APERS Ruben
226 WARLOP Jordi
227 WILLEMS Thimo
ARKÉA-SAMSIC
DS HINAULT Sebastien
231 BARGUIL Warren
232 MCLAY Daniel
233 DECLERCQ Benjamin
234 LOUVEL Matis
235 RUSSO Clement
236 NOPPE Christophe
237 SWIFT Connor
TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE
DS ARNOULD Dominique
241 TERPSTRA Niki
242 GAUDIN Damien
243 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
244 PETIT Adrien
245 SOUPE Geoffrey
246 TURGIS Anthony
247 VAN GESTEL Dries

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