« The Missing Years - War, Injury, and Illness, Part 3 of 3 | Main | Cycling Revealed Trivia + Podium Cafe »

Tour of Flanders Trivia

Posted on Monday, October 27, 2008 at 04:23PM by Registered CommenterFitTechEric at VeloFit Revolution | Comments3 Comments | References3 References

In doing some research for another article, I came across a very surprising statistic – only two cyclists have won both the Tour de France and the Tour of Flanders. Ever. The Tour’s inaugural edition was in 1903 and the Tour of Flander’s (Ronde van Vlaanderen) was in 1913. That’s a long time, and it’s hard to believe, but to date only two riders have managed to capture both of these races.

So, who were the two cyclists to pull off this extremely rare feat? If you’ve think you’ve got it figured out, then click on the names from the list below. If you’re correct, you’ll be taken to the rider’s biography compliments of Cycling Hall of Fame. If you’re wrong, you’ll be treated to a classic photo (for all the wrong reasons). Remember, your looking for both of the correct names, not just Merckx (duh). Also, next to the names are the dates of their Tour wins.

 Philippe Thys (’13, ’14, ’20)

 Adre Leducq (’30, ’32)

 Gino Bartali (’38, ’48, and still the record for the longest span between victories)

 Fausto Coppi (’49, ’52)

 Louison Bobet (’53-’55)

 Jacques Anquetil (’57, ’61-’64)

 Felice Gimondi (’65)

 Jan Janssen (’68)

 Eddy Merckx (’69-’72, ’74)

 Bernard Hinault (’78, ’79, ’81, ’82, ’85)

 Greg Lemond (’86, ’89, ’90)

 Laurent Fignon (’83, ’84)

It is also worth mentioning that there have been only three other Grand Tour winners to have also won Flanders: Rudi Altig (’62 Vuelta), Fiorenzo Magni (a three-time Giro winner who won a stunning three consecutive Flanders from ’49-’51), and finally Gianni Bugno (winner of the ’90 Giro, photo left). Bugno’s Flanders win came in 1994, becoming the last Grand Tour winner to accomplish the feat.

As a comparison, 12 cyclists have achieved victory in both the Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix. Since only two have been able to accomplish the even more rare Tour/Flanders combination, the conclusion would seem obvious – the Tour of Flanders must be the most difficult single-day race on the calendar. Agree or disagree? I’d love to hear your opinions. 

Photocredits: (Above right) The legendary Roger de Vlaeminck grunting his way up trecherous Koppenberg.  I am not sure of the year of this photograph, but Roger did win Flanders in '77, along with capturing his record-setting 4th Paris-Roubaix that same Spring Classics season. Compliments of Wikipedia/Mick Knapton.  Gianni Bugno, Bike Race Info.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (3)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    [...]Tour of Flanders Trivia - Posts - The Virtual Musette: A Road Cycling Blog[...]
  • Response
    Response: podcast relies
    Tour of Flanders Trivia - Posts - The Virtual Musette: A Road Cycling Blog
  • Response
    Response: seo
    Tour of Flanders Trivia - Posts - The Virtual Musette: A Road Cycling Blog

Reader Comments (3)

Nice post, I didn't know that about Flanders and I like that fact that only two people have won the Tour and Flanders.

Re Roger de Vlaeminck, the photo is from 1978 which is when he rode for Sanson. In '77 he was still riding for Brooklyn. Keep up the good retro work.

December 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRich Land

Nice post. www.thevirtualmusette.com is amazign.

March 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSelma

Nice, and thanks for sharing this info with us.Good Luck! nhaelh nhaelh - moncler sweden.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwqtaod wqtaod

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>