Tour of Flanders cycling 2021 women’s race live - Annemiek van Vleuten and Marianne Vos in action
Relive live updates from the 2021 edition of Tour of Flanders. Katarzyna Niewiadoma, Amy Pieters, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, Amanda Spratt and Marianne Vos were all on the start line in Oudenaarde - but it was Annemiek van Vleuten who soared to victory. The Tour of Flanders was live on Eurosport, the Eurosport app and Eurosport.co.uk
Chantal Van den Broek-Blaak celebrates as she crosses the finish
The Dutch woman becomes the third woman in all 18 editions to become a two-time winner of Flanders, and the second rider in history to win it 10 years apart.
"I think I was waiting for nine years after my 2011 victory. It was so cool to watch that and do it again, especially for my new team Movistar, I'm super proud. The girls worked super hard for me and I was the number one leader and to finish it off like this... I think we are going to celebrate this really big tonight!"
Annemiek Van Vleuten wins!
Lisa Brennauer collects second and Grace Brown sprints for third.
Movistar have just won Flanders...
The 38-year-old, (yes you read that right), Annemiek van Vleuten is going to take it, but who for the podium?
2km to go
If Van Vleuten is going to win this, (now has 19 sec), it's going to be a sprint for second and third so.... who's it going to be?
5km to go
Van Vleuten has a lead of 11 seconds as we enter the final stages of the race. Van der Breggen and Brennauer lead at the front of the chase group. This victory could be anyone's at this rate. Van Vleuten has won here once and it was 10 years ago.
The chase is on
Longo Borghini, Grace Brown, Van der Breggen, Lisa Bennauer are chasing, which is a group you probably wouldn't want to be chased by with 10km still to go.
13km to go
Annemiek Van Vleuten has attacked on the descent, and the chase is on! The Movistar rider has only five seconds, so I hope she had her Easter eggs today to make that lead stick.
We have reached the final climb of the day, the lead group have stretched out. Van der Breggen and Van Vleuten have pulled away...
We're heading towards the business end of the race. French champion Cordon-Regot has been caught, and the group are climbing the penultimate berg of the day the Oude Kwaremont. The riders are onto the cobbled section with 17km to go, and then the Paterberg.
Anna Van der Breggen in the rainbow stripes is looking strong up front in the new lead group, it's only a matter of time until one of them makes a lunge...
Meet Johan Museeuw: The Lion Of Flanders
While you're here, us cycling nuts at Eurosport and GCN obviously love Flanders, and we can highly recommend watching this:
Museeuw was a rider who dominated the one day classics. Ex-pro Bernie Eisel joins Johan on some of his favourite cobbled climbs from the Tour of Flanders to find out what set him aside at these prestigious races. You can stream this and more of the best cycling stories in the world
21km to go
He's got a point in fairness...
27km to go
I swear these girls are timing their attacks with the ad breaks. Alas, that's what I'm here for. Amy Pieters attacked, but the more impressive one is FDJ's Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig who made a surprise attack and started to ride away from the group, but it was short lived as they group closed it down.
Now, we have Cordon-Regot out front, Paladin riding solo behind, and then the chase group.
29km to go
Cordon-Regot has had a gel, (worth mentioning she put the wrapper back in her pocket too), and she just keeps going! The gap is now up to 50 seconds, and she's on to another section of cobbles on the Kruisberg.
There is still the Oude Kwaremont and the Paterberg to go, so the girls in the chase group best get a move on...
33km to go
Very much feeling like this could be a lead which gets swallowed up within the last few hundred metres just like last week's Gent-Wevelgem, since the big hitters are all rolling along in the chase group, going after Cordon-Regot.
36km to go
Settling down a little bit... French national champion Cordon-Regot has a solo lead and has increased the gap to 22 seconds.
We've had a number of attacks since my last entry.
Van Vleuten, Deignan, Audrey Codon-Regot all attacked, and Cordon-Regot has gone off alone with a 13 second lead. Here we go...
Soraya Paladin of Liv Racing has attacked. Her ability to match fellow Italian Elisa Longo Borghini's attack in last week's Gent-Wevelgem was impressive, so no surprise she's done it again today.
On to the Kanarieberg
45km to go. Ascending 'Canary hill' which has an average gradient of 7%. The peloton has stretched out but no more attacks yet. More or less all those riders mentioned below are pushing the pace on at the front, they look ready to launch.
Who to watch?
Today we have all the legends. Annemiek Van Vleuten, Anna Van Der Breggen, Marianne Vos, Elisa Longo Borghini, Lizzie Deignan, Ellen Van Dijk, Lotte Kopecky, Lisa Brennauer, Chantal Van Den Broek-Blaak, Amy Pieters, my word the list could go on.
Broek-Blaak won here last year, with Pieters and Kopecky on the podium, but it's been only four days since Van Vleuten won the Dwars Door Vlaanderen... so who has enough left in the legs?
What's happened so far?
Feme Markus, Parkhotel Valkenburg's 22-year-old attacked with 105km to go, and a lead group of five was formed as the race headed up the first of the climbs, the Kattenberg.
The group managed to gain up to 50 seconds, but 15km later they were swallowed by the peloton. The riders have since been back together again.
Asgreen the magnificent
If you missed the men's race, you must have a good reason because that was some ending... you can catch up and read Tom Owen's report here.
Ronde van Vlaanderen
Today we have a 157km stage from Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde. The race is already underway and now our live TV pictures join the race with 65km to go. Follow along here or watch live on Eurosport and GCN.
There is no Koppenberg for the riders today, but we do have the Kapelmuur coming up which is steep at 9% gradient, complete with cobbles, stay tuned for some fun.
Welcome to Flanders
Good afternoon and happy Easter! If you have been following the men's race this afternoon, I hope you didn't choke on your Easter eggs, because that was some magnificent racing. And a hat tip to anyone who predicted Kasper Asgreen to win.
Live coverage on this very page from 15:35 BST on Sunday April 4, while Niamh Lewis shall also be here on live text commentary duty
Re-Cycle: 'That was my chance' – when Adrie Van der Poel denied Sean Kelly at the Tour of Flanders
Thirty-four years before Mathieu van der Poel won the Tour of Flanders in 2020, his father pipped Sean Kelly to the line. Felix Lowe turns back the clock to 1986, and the race in which the Irishman would come closest to glory in the only Monument that would forever elude him.
Adrie van der Poel found the 2020 Tour of Flanders more stressful than the edition he actually won. Not only was the outcome out of his hands, but the 61-year-old was also working for his son’s Alpecin-Fenix team, giving out spare wheels and musettes along the route – all while trying to keep track of Mathieu’s performance.
Watch the stunning Tour of Flanders finish as Van der Poel and Van Aert duke it out
“He was in front with two other really good riders,” Van der Poel says, recalling the winning move that also featured Wout van Aert and world champion Julian Alaphilippe, who crashed out dramatically with 35km remaining after colliding with a motorbike.
“Okay, one fell down, then it was a battle between the two of them. And it was the battle everyone wanted to see. Van Aert had won his first Monument at San Remo. So for Mathieu, after the hard work he did, it was very nice to win his first big Monument. And for me it was extra special because I won that race too.”
It was 6th April 1986 when Van der Poel senior won the Ronde, the Dutchman pulling off a surprise to dart past Ireland’s Sean Kelly and triumph from a four-man break in Meerbeke. It was the second of three occasions in the space of four years that Kelly would finish runner-up in Flanders – the only one of cycling’s five Monuments missing from his otherwise impeccable palmarès.
If Kelly was ever going to win the Ronde, 1986 was the year. The then-29-year-old was at the peak of his powers and firing on all cylinders, having already won a fifth consecutive Paris-Nice crown and a maiden Milan-San Remo title. But form is not the only factor in a bike race. If anything, Kelly can now readily admit that he was overconfident that day.
Women's Tour of Flanders 2020 highlights: Boels-Dolmans masterclass in De Ronde
Women's Tour of Flanders highlights: Boels-Dolmans masterclass in De Ronde
Who is racing?
Katarzyna Niewiadoma, Amy Pieters, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, Amanda Spratt, Annemiek van Vleuten and Marianne Vos will all be on the start line in Oudenaarde ahead of the 157km ride.
Tour of Flanders 2021 is live on Eurosport.
You can watch the Eurosport app, eurosport.co.uk and Eurosport 1.
Museeuw was a rider who dominated the one day classics. Ex-pro Bernie Eisel joins Johan on some of his favourite cobbled climbs from the Tour of Flanders to find out what set him aside at these prestigious races. You can stream this and more of the best cycling stories in the world exclusively on GCN+.