In the spring of 2005, a lot of people wondered whether the young Tom Boonen would be able to stay the distance. 260 kilometres. That’s not quite the same as the semi-classics that he won in 2004 such as the E3-Prijs, the Scheldeprijs and Gent-Wevelgem. 'Tornado Tom' gave all the critics a run for their money by securing a place in the lead group of six racers in the finish alongside big names such as Klier, Van Petegem and Zabel.
Johan Museeuw (born 13 October 1965 in Varsenare) is a retired Belgian professional road bicycle racer. He was a professional from 1988 to 2004 and was particularly successful in the classic cycle races in the nineties. In 1989 he was part of the ADR team in which Greg LeMond won his second Tour de France. In 1990 Museeuw went to the Lotto team for which he won two stages in the Tour de France that year. Later on he rode for the MG-GB, Mapei, Domo-Farm Frites and Quick-Step. He ended his career in the spring of 2004. One week after...
Edwig Van Hooydonck was born August, 4 1966 in Ekeren. He is a former Belgian professional road racing cyclist. He won the prestigious Tour of Flanders twice. The first time was in 1989, he was 22 years old and became so emotional that he cried on stage. The images went global and made him an instant hero in Belgium. He won again in 1991. This time he was less emotional but nevertheless he carries both victories in his heart.
Eric Vanderaerden was born February 11, 1962. He is a retired Belgian road cyclist from the town of Lummen. He was a considerable talent, winning the prologue time trial of the Vuelta and the Tour de France in his professional debut year 1983. As for classics, he won the Tour of Flanders in 1985 and Paris–Roubaix in 1987. In the Tour de France, his participation in the 1985 edition was a strong one, beating the later winner Bernard Hinault in a time trial stage. The next year, he won the green jersey.
Flanders’ Finest, the Tour of Flanders, is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Saturday, 25 May 2013, and the“Tour 100 Classic” is being organised for this occasion. This unique tour over 324 kilometres will take a peloton and support vehicles along the most legendary climbs and stretches of cobbled road.
25th of May 2013
Gent - Oudenaarde