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Ronde van Vlaanderen Stats

Historical stats

– First ever rider to take the victory was Paul Deman, back in 1913, when he needed 12 hours, 3 minutes and 10 seconds to complete the 324 km-long course

– Six riders share the record for the most wins (3): Tom Boonen, Achiel Buysse, Fabian Cancellara, Eric Leman, Fiorenzo Magni and Johan Museeuw

– Belgium leads in the nations standings, with no less than 69 victories

– Other countries to have a winner are Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and United Kingdom

– Five of the 100 editions didn’t have a Belgian rider on the podium: 1951, 1961, 1981, 1997 and 2001

– Briek Schotte and Johan Museeuw share the record for the most podiums: 8

– The legendary Briek Schotte is also the rider with the most starts (20 in a row) and the most finishes (16), but the latter record is shared with Frederic Guesdon

– Youngest ever winner is Rik Van Steenbergen, 19 years and 206 days (1944); oldest one is Andrei Tchmil, 37 years and 71 days (2000)

– 1920 – when Jules Van Hevel notched the win – saw the lowest average speed: 26,105 km/h

– Highest average speed – 43,576 km/h – was recorded in 2001

– The first edition was also the longest one: 324 kilometers

– First ever hill to feature on the course was the Tiegemberg, back in 1919

– Only once throughout history De Ronde had less than 200 kilometers, in 1941 (198 de kilometers), when Achiel Buysse won the race for the second time

– Five reigning world champions racked up a victory in De Ronde: Louison Bobet (1955), Rik Van Looy (1962), Eddy Merckx (1975), Tom Boonen (2006) and Peter Sagan (2016)

– 1919 saw the largest winning margin: 14 minutes between Henri Van Lerberghe and Lucien Buysee

– The only cyclist to take three wins in a row is Fiorenzo Magni (1949-1951)

– Five riders have won the amateur, as well as the pro Ronde van Vlaanderen: Roger Decock, Edward Sels, Eric Vanderaerden, Edwig van Hooydonck and Nick Nuyens

– Last Grand Tour champion to take the victory here was Gianni Bugno, in 1994

– Gent is the only city that has hosted both the start and the finish of the race

– 1944 was the last year in which the Tour of Flanders ended on the velodrome

– In 1984, only Phil Anderson and Jan Raas made it to the top of the Koppenberg without walking, the main reason for the ordeal the riders had to endure being the deteriorating state of the cobbles

– First cyclist to ride over the Muur was Fiorenzo Magni, in 1950

– The last rider to win from a day-long breakaway was Jacky Durand, in 1992

2018 stats

– 25 teams (18 World Tour and 7 Pro Continental) will be at the start of the 102nd edition

– Of these, Roompot, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Verandas Willems-Crelan and Wanty-Groupe Gobert are winless this season

– 26 nations will have at least one representant in the peloton, with Belgium providing the most riders, 45

– Youngest competitor in the race is Julien Mortier (20 years), while the oldest one is Mathew Hayman (39 years)

– Four former winners will line up at the start: Stijn Devolder, Philippe Gilbert, Alexander Kristoff and Peter Sagan

– Pascal Eenkhorn, Jeremy Lecroq, Julien Mortier, Patrick Muller, Jan-willem Van Schip are the five neo-pros who’ll make their Monument debut at De Ronde

– Of the riders at the start, Stijn Devolder has the most participations: 17, including the one of this year

– The peloton of De Ronde van Vlaanderen have won a combined total of 4 Grand Tours, 19 Monuments, 9 world titles and over 90 Grand Tour stages

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