Tour of Flanders Past Winners and Records

By : Mr Mamil
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2022 Tour of Flanders Route Profile
2022 Tour of Flanders Route Map

As one of the five Monuments in professional cycling and the biggest race in Belgium, the Tour of Flanders has a long and impressive history. It’s widely known as the Ronde van Vlaanderen in Dutch or simply, De Ronde

The Tour of Flanders started in 1913, making it one of the oldest one-day on the professional cycling calendar. It takes place annually in early April in the Flemish region of Belgium, except between 1915 to 1918 due to World War 1.

Several factors make the Tour of Flanders unique and special among cycling fans.

  • First, it is one of the world’s oldest professional cycling races, since 1913.
  • Second, it takes place in a part of Belgium called Flanders, known for its rough and challenging terrain. This makes the race one of the most demanding one-day races on the professional cycling calendar.
  • Third, it’s one of the five cycling monuments beside Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix, Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and Giro di Lombardia.

Tour of Flanders route

2022 Tour of Flanders Route Map
2022 Tour of Flanders Route Map

The route of the Tour of Flanders race has changed over the years, but it has always stayed in the Flemish area. Since 2017, the race starts in Antwerp and finishes in Oudenaarde.

The current route is about 263.7km (163.9mi) long and includes famous climbs like the Paterberg, Oude Kwaremont, Koppenberg, and the Muur van Geraardsbergen. The longest Tour of Flanders was in the first edition (1913) at 324km (201mi) long. The shortest Tour of Flanders was in 1941 at 198km (123mi) long.

From 2017 to the present, the race starts in Antwerp and finishes in Oudenaarde. The Tour of Flanders had various starting and finishing lines in the past.

YearsStartFinish
1913GhentMariakerke
1914GhentEvergem
1919 to 1923GhentGentbrugge
1924 to 1927GhentGhent velodrome
1928 to 1941GhentWetteren
1942 to 1944GhentGhent velodrome
1945 to 1961GhentWetteren
1962 to 1972GhentGentbrugge
1973 to 1975GhentMeerbeke
1977 to 1997Sint-NiklaasMeerbeke
1998 to 2011BrugesMeerbeke
2012 to 2016BrugesOudenaarde
2017 to presentAntwerpOudenaarde
Start and finish towns of Tour of Flanders

Past Tour of Flanders winners

2022 Tour of Flanders Winner - Mathieu van der Poel
2022 Tour of Flanders Winner, Mathieu van der Poel

The winner of the 2022 Tour of Flanders was Mathieu van der Poel. He’s also the only active rider who has won it more than once (2020, 2022).

In recent years, the Tour of Flanders has been won by many high-profile cyclists, such as Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara, Greg Van Avermaet, Peter Sagan, and Mathieu van der Poel. The last Belgian rider to win the Tour of Flanders race was Philippe Gilbert in 2017.

The all-time record for most wins is three, and the record is shared among six riders.

3 wins

  • Achiel Buysse (1940, 1941, 1943)
  • Fiorenzo Magni (1949, 1950, 1951)
  • Eric Leman (1970, 1972, 1973)
  • Johan Museeuw (1993, 1995, 1998)
  • Tom Boonen (2005, 2006, 2012)
  • Fabian Cancellara (2010, 2013, 2014)

The table below lists all the past Tour of Flanders winners and their winning times.

YearWinnerWinning time
1913Paul Deman12h 3′ 10″
1914Marcel Buysse10h 20′
1919Henri Van Lerberghe7h 41′ 18″
1920Jules Van Hevel9h 30′
1921René Vermandel9h 56′
1922Léon Devos8h 55′ 20″
1923Heiri Suter9h 16′ 15″
1924Gérard Debaets10h 0′ 19″
1925Julien Delbecque8h 49′
1926Denis Verschueren7h 12′ 30″
1927Gérard Debaets7h 12′ 30″
1928Jan Mertens6h 55′
1929Joseph Dervaes7h 1′ 50″
1930Frans Bonduel7h 3′
1931Romain Gijssels6h 52′
1932Romain Gijssels6h 29′
1933Alfons Schepers6h 51′
1934Gaston Rebry7h 0′
1935Louis Duerloo7h 27′
1936Louis Hardiquest7h 30′
1937Michel D’Hooghe7h 29′
1938Edgard De Caluwé7h 42′
1939Karel Kaers6h 32′
1940Achiel Buysse6h 2′
1941Achiel Buysse5h 38′
1942Briek Schotte6h 26′
1943Achiel Buysse6h 7′ 58″
1944Rik Van Steenbergen6h 23′
1945Sylvain Grysolle6h 12′
1946Rik Van Steenbergen6h 51′
1947Emiel Faignaert7h 5′
1948Briek Schotte6h 43′
1949Fiorenzo Magni7h 21′
1950Fiorenzo Magni8h 15′
1951Fiorenzo Magni7h 43′ 3″
1952Roger Decock7h 27′
1953Wim Van Est7h 19′
1954Raymond Impanis7h 33′
1955Louison Bobet7h 27′
1956Jean Forestier6h 9′
1957Fred de Bruyne5h 58′
1958Germain Derycke6h 7′
1959Rik Van Looy6h 14′
1960Arthur De Cabooter5h 52′
1961Tom Simpson6h 22′
1962Rik Van Looy6h 39′ 56″
1963Noël Foré6h 8′ 42″
1964Rudi Altig5h 45′ 27″
1965Jo de Roo5h 47′ 29″
1966Edward Sels5h 53′
1967Dino Zandegù6h 16′
1968Walter Godefroot5h 52′
1969Eddy Merckx6h 20′
1970Eric Leman6h 24′
1971Evert Dolman6h 12′
1972Eric Leman6h 4′ 30″
1973Eric Leman6h 17′
1974Cees Bal6h 10′
1975Eddy Merckx6h 16′
1976Walter Planckaert6h 10′
1977Roger de Vlaeminck6h 44′
1978Walter Godefroot6h 12′
1979Jan Raas6h 31′ 0″
1980Michel Pollentier6h 35′ 40″
1981Hennie Kuiper6h 32′ 37″
1982Reneé Martens6h 35′ 40″
1983Jan Raas6h 37′ 27″
1984Johan Lammerts6h 45′ 47″
1985Eric Vanderaerden6h 49′ 50″
1986Adrie van der Poel7h 10′ 50″
1987Claude Criquielion7h 15′ 30″
1988Eddy Planckaert7h 27′ 28″
1989Edwig Van Hooydonck7h 1′ 0″
1990Moreno Argentin6h 47′ 25″
1991Edwig van Hooydonck7h 2′ 0″
1992Jacky Durand6h 37′ 19″
1993Johan Museeuw6h 33′ 0″
1994Gianni Bugno6h 45′ 20″
1995Johan Museeuw6h 36′ 24″
1996Michele Bartoli6h 27′ 0″
1997Rolf Sørensenr 57′ 1″
1998Johan Museeuw6h 50′ 2″
1999Peter Van Petegem6h 15′ 0″
2000Andrei Tchmil6h 48′ 17″
2001Gianluca Bortolami6h 10′ 23″
2002Andrea Tafi6h 1′ 0″
2003Peter Van Petegem6h 18′ 48″
2004Steffen Wesemann6h 39′ 0″
2005Tom Boonen6h 22′
2006Tom Boonen6h 24′ 26″
2007Alessandro Ballan6h 10′ 15″
2008Stijn Devolder6h 1′ 0″
2009Stijn Devolder6h 1′ 4″
2010Fabian Cancellara6h 25′ 56″
2011Nick Nuyens6h 1′ 20″
2012Tom Boonen6h 4′ 20″
2013Fabian Cancellara6h 6′ 1″
2014Fabian Cancellara6h 15′ 18″
2015Alexander Kristoff6h 26′ 32″
2016Peter Sagan6h 10′ 37″
2017Philippe Gilbert6h 23′ 45″
2018Niki Terpstra6h 21′ 25″
2019Alberto Bettiol6h 18′ 49″
2020Mathieu van der Poel5r 43′ 17″
2021Kasper Asgreen6h 2′ 12″
2022Mathieu van der Poel6h 18′ 30″

Biggest winning margin at Tour of Flanders

The biggest winning margin was by Henri Van Lerberghe, who won in 1919 by 14 minutes over Léon Buysse.

This is followed by Frans Bonduel (1930, 9′ 15″) and Léon Devos (1922, 7′ 40″)

The table below shows the 10 biggest winning margins at the Tour of Flanders.

YearWinnerWinning timeWinning marginSecond place
1919Henri Van Lerberghe7h 41′ 18″14′Léon Buysse
1930Frans Bonduel7h 3′9′ 15″Aimé Dossche
1922Léon Devos8h 55′ 20″7′ 40″Jean Brunier
1969Eddy Merckx6h 20′5′ 36″Felice Gimondi
1951Fiorenzo Magni7h 43′ 3″5′ 35″Bernard Gauthier
1934Gaston Rebry7h 0′4′ 16″Alfons Schepers
1929Joseph Dervaes7h 1′ 50″4′ 10″Georges Ronsse
1964Rudi Altig5h 45′ 27″4′ 5″Benoni Beheyt
1932Romain Gijssels6h 29′3′ 15″Alfons Deloor
1950Fiorenzo Magni8h 15′2′ 15″Briek Schotte

Fastest Tour of Flanders average speed

The fastest Tour of Flanders was in 2001, won by Gianluca Bortolami with an average speed of 43.58km/h (27.08mph).

YearWinnerWinning timeAvg. speed (km/h)
2001Gianluca Bortolami6h 10′ 23″43.58
2009Stijn Devolder6h 1′ 4″43.45
1971Evert Dolman6h 12′43.225
1999Peter Van Petegem6h 15′ 0″43.2
2022Mathieu van der Poel6h 18′ 30″43.197
1997Rolf Sørensenr 57′ 1″43.023
2020Mathieu van der Poel5r 43′ 17″42.525
2011Nick Nuyens6h 1′ 20″42.509
1968Walter Godefroot5h 52′42.44
2019Alberto Bettiol6h 18′ 49″42.29

Slowest Tour of Flanders average speed

The slowest Tour of Flanders was in 1921, won by René Vermandel with an average speed of 25.17km/h (15.64mph).

YearWinnerWinning timeAvg. speed (km/h)
1921René Vermandel9h 56′25.17
1925Julien Delbecque8h 49′25.86
1920Jules Van Hevel9h 30′26.11
1923Heiri Suter9h 16′ 15″26.21
1919Henri Van Lerberghe7h 41′ 18″26.42
1913Paul Deman12h 3′ 10″26.88
1914Marcel Buysse10h 20′27.1
1922Léon Devos8h 55′ 20″27.96
1924Gérard Debaets10h 0′ 19″28.39
1926Denis Verschueren7h 12′ 30″30.1