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The 18 climbs of the Tour of Flanders

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Apr. 3, 2011
  • Updated Apr. 3, 2011 at 9:33 AM EDT

1978 – 1986 In the years immediately following its introduction to the race route (and before it was banned for a number of years because of its dangers), the Koppenberg acts as a link to an earlier, more heroic era. For an instant—too long for the riders, too brief for the spectators—the peloton chokes, moans, slips, bruises itself, and takes off again, limping. Illusions are shattered, and opportunities taken.

NAME OF CLIMB DISTANCE FROM START DISTANCE TO FINISH AVERAGE GRADIENT MAXIMUM GRADIENT LENGTH OF CLIMB SURFACE
1. Tiegemberg 70km 187km 5% 9% 750m Asphalt
2. Nokereberg 80km 177km 5% 7% 350m Cobblestones
3. Rekelberg 127km 130km 5% 10% 580m Asphalt
4. Kaperij 139km 118km 5% 9% 1000m Asphalt
5. Oude Kruisberg 154km 103km 4% 9% 1850m Asphalt/Cobblestones
6. Knokteberg 164km 93km 7% 13% 1260m Asphalt
7. Oude Kwaremont 171km 86km 3% 11% 2500m Cobblestones
8. Paterberg 174km 83km 12% 20% 361m Cobblestones
9. Koppenberg 181km 76km 9% 19% 682m Cobblestones
10. Steenbeekdries 187km 71km 5% 6% 700m Cobblestones
11. Taaienberg 190km 67km 6% 15% 530m Cobblestones
12. Eikenberg 194km 63km 5% 9% 1252m Cobblestones
13. Molenberg 209km 48km 7% 14% 462m Cobblestones
14. Leberg 216km 41km 3% 13% 1130m Asphalt
15. Valkenberg 225km 32km 8% 12% 537m Asphalt
16. Tenbosse 232km 25km 6% 8% 453m Asphalt
17. Muur-Kapelmuur 242km 15km 9% 19% 1075m Cobblestones
18. Bosberg 246km 11km 5% 10% 986m Cobblestones

1967 On the “old” Mur de Grammont, a young Eddy Merckx (right) is still learning the ropes, alongside another local prodigy, Willy Planckaert (left). Merckx crashed in his debut Ronde the previous year, but this time he stays upright and takes 3rd place behind fast Italian Dino Zandegu and fellow Belgian Noël Foré.

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