Flanders Classics

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Flanders Classics is an official cooperation among the organizers of the classic cycle races held in Flanders. It was founded in 2010 and comprises six races, of which the Tour of Flanders, one of the Monuments of cycling classics, is considered the most important. Important classics not included are E3 Harelbeke and Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne.

Mission[edit]

The mission of the Flanders Classics is to ensure the position of the Flemish Classics in the international cycling calendar. By doing this the organization improves the stature of the smaller Flemish races. The cooperation has already achieved a better date for three of the races: Gent–Wevelgem will now be held on the Sunday between Milan–San Remo and the Ronde van Vlaanderen; the Scheldeprijs will be held between the Ronde and Paris–Roubaix; and, the Brabantse Pijl will be held before the Ardennes classics, which consist of the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège.

Classics[edit]

Cooperating races are:

Race Notes
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad This is the Opening race of the Belgian cycling season.
Gent–Wevelgem The first of the three Sunday Cobbled classics, held on the Sunday between Milan–San Remo and the Tour of Flanders.
Dwars door Vlaanderen Until 2017 the first race of the Flemish Cycling Week; since 2018 held between Gent–Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders.
Tour of Flanders The pinnacle of the Flemish Cycling week and the only Flemish race of the five Cycling monuments, held on the first Sunday of April.
Scheldeprijs This race is held between the Tour of Flanders and Paris–Roubaix.
Brabantse Pijl This race is now held before the Ardennes classics.
Brussels Cycling Classic Known until 2012 as Paris–Brussels. Flanders Classics' only end-of-season event, held in September.

Results[edit]

Edition Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Dwars door Vlaanderen Gent–Wevelgem Tour of Flanders Scheldeprijs Brabantse Pijl
2010  Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP)  Matti Breschel (DEN)  Bernhard Eisel (AUT)  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)  Tyler Farrar (USA)  Sébastien Rosseler (BEL)
2011  Sebastian Langeveld (NED)  Nick Nuyens (BEL)  Tom Boonen (BEL)  Nick Nuyens (BEL)  Mark Cavendish (GBR)  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
2012  Sep Vanmarcke (BEL)  Niki Terpstra (NED)  Tom Boonen (BEL)  Tom Boonen (BEL)  Marcel Kittel (GER)  Thomas Voeckler (FRA)
2013  Luca Paolini (ITA)  Oscar Gatto (ITA)  Peter Sagan (SVK)  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)  Marcel Kittel (GER)  Peter Sagan (SVK)
2014  Ian Stannard (GBR)  Niki Terpstra (NED)  John Degenkolb (GER)  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)  Marcel Kittel (GER)  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
2015  Ian Stannard (GBR)  Jelle Wallays (BEL)  Luca Paolini (ITA)  Alexander Kristoff (NOR)  Alexander Kristoff (NOR)  Ben Hermans (BEL)
2016  Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)  Jens Debusschere (BEL)  Peter Sagan (SVK)  Peter Sagan (SVK)  Marcel Kittel (GER)  Petr Vakoč (CZE)
2017  Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)  Yves Lampaert (BEL)  Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)  Marcel Kittel (GER)  Sonny Colbrelli (ITA)
2018  Michael Valgren (DEN)  Yves Lampaert (BEL)  Peter Sagan (SVK)  Niki Terpstra (NED)  Fabio Jakobsen (NED)  Tim Wellens (BEL)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Dwars door Vlaanderen Gent–Wevelgem Tour of Flanders Scheldeprijs Brabantse Pijl

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