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2018 Tour of Flanders - Ronde van Vlaanderen
World Tour

102nd edition: Sunday, April 1, 2018

Complete results of every Tour of Flanders | 2017 edition | Course map & profile | Photos | Start list

Antwerpen - Oudenaarde, 264.7 km from the official start

Niki Terpstra

Niki Terpstra wins De Ronde.

Weather at the finish city of Oudenaarde at 2:00 PM, local time: 7C (45F), cloudy, with the wind from the WNW at 16 km/hr (10 mph). There has been hard rain on the peloton during the early kilometers, but no further rain is forecast.

The 18 climbs:

Pavé sectors:

The race: Here's the report from winner Niki Terpstra's Quick-Step team.

Niki Terpstra continued the team's dominance in the Belgian one-day races of this season, adding a 16th Monument victory to the astonishing palmares of the squad, just two days after Quick-Step celebrated 20 amazing years in cycling. Victorious this season in Le Samyn and E3 Harelbeke, each time after going solo in the final part of the race, Niki repeated that scenario at the Ronde van Vlaanderen, where he took his second career Monument, following the emphatic Paris-Roubaix triumph of 2014.

"It's incredible! Winning De Ronde and Paris-Roubaix was a dream I had since I was a kid and watched these two races on television. That's when I fell in love with them and now, having won both, it gives me huge joy. I can't tell you how happy I am! To be victorious in these races you need very good legs, but also luck. Today, everything went perfect for me", a happy Terpstra said after netting Quick-Step Floors' 21st victory of the season.

Quick-Step Floors rode a perfect and intelligent race on Sunday right from the outset, sending the hard-working Tim Declercq, Iljo Keisse and Florian Sénéchal at the front of the peloton minutes after leaving Antwerp behind, and the three policed every move and reeled in all the attackers, allowing eleven men to go clear only after 70 kilometers. Even after things calmed down, the same fantastic trio continued to set the pace and made sure the gap didn't go north of five minutes before the first hill of the day, the 2200m-long Oude Kwaremont.

Tour of Flanders

The race's opening ceremonies in Antwerp

Despite a series of accelerations on the iconic Muur-Kapelmuur and Koppenberg, the race didn't break and the favourites stayed together. Quick-Step Floors had the numbers in the group, with Philippe Gilbert, Yves Lampaert, Zdenek Stybar and Niki Terpstra. Stybar, one of the most consistent riders of this spring campaign, with three consecutive top-10 placings, was the one to counter an attack of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) on the Taaienberg, before trying a move of his own after cresting the Kruisberg.

Soon after they got caught, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) powered ahead and was joined by Niki Terpstra, who then took the front and dropped the Milano-Sanremo winner as the Oude Kwaremont was looming on the horizon for the third time. At the moment of his attack, the Dutchman was 40 seconds behind a leading trio, but using his time trial skills he reduced the gap by the time he hit the bottom of the climb, while behind his teammates disrupted the rhythm of the chasers.

A two-time podium finisher at Ronde van Vlaanderen (2015 and 2017), Terpstra rode flawlessly on the long Oude Kwaremont, a hill which is a regular feature on the race since 1974, making contact with three riders in the front and dispatching them before putting some distance by the top of the berg and continuing his solo action. Not even the Paterberg, with its grueling cobbles and slopes, could stop Niki, who tenaciously extended his lead before going into time trial mode for the 12km-run in to Oudenaarde.

Crouched over his bars and without looking behind, the 33-year-old Quick-Step Floors rider sat up to relax only inside the final 100 meters of the race, when overwhelmed by emotion and happiness, he crossed the line arms aloft for a win that cements his status as one of the best Classics riders of the current peloton.

Defending champion Philippe Gilbert claimed third place, behind runner-up Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), following a canny attack with one kilometer to go. For Philippe, who played an important role once again, this was the tenth top-3 finish of his career in a Monument.

"We showed again that amazing team spirit, we showed that we are there for our teammates, ready to give everything so that the win lands in the team. The entire squad knew what they had to do and made a perfect race. The strongest rider won today and I'm happy for Niki, he rode a strong and smart race. Last year, I won and he came third, this time around, we arrived at the finish in reverse order. We are enjoying a fantastic run of success and hopefully we won't stop here", said Philippe, who one week from now will be at the start of Paris-Roubaix.

After soloing to glory following his daring all-in attack with 26 kilometers to go and putting in another storming performance, Niki – only the third Dutch rider in history to win both the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix and the first since 1986 to score the victory in Flanders – took us through the final hour of racing and showed his praise for his teammates.

"When I attacked and set in pursuit of the leaders it wasn't easy due to the wind, but I kept riding hard. Then, when I saw the three, I knew I could catch them, so I kept pushing. In a race like this, you need to make the right attack, and that's what I did. It's a great year for me, but it wouldn't have been possible without the team. The guys were extraordinary, they displayed once again their immense quality and I will repay them for their work and effort, be it in Paris-Roubaix or another race. Being part of such a great team means a lot and makes me very proud!"

Placing three riders in the top 10 – Niki Terpstra, Philippe Gilbert and Zdenek Stybar – at Ronde van Vlaanderen, a race which our team has won for the seventh time, helped Quick-Step Floors extend its lead in the World Tour standings to nearly 1500 points.

Complete results:

264.7 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.640 km/hr

1 TERPSTRA Niki Quick-Step Floors 6hr 21min 25sec
2 PEDERSEN Mads Trek-Segafredo @ 12sec
3 GILBERT Philippe Quick-Step Floors 0:17
4 VALGREN Michael Astana 0:20
5 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC 0:25
6 SAGAN Peter Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
7 STUYVEN Jasper Trek-Segafredo s.t.
8 BENOOT Tiesj Lotto-Soudal s.t.
9 VAN AERT Wout Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
10 STYBAR Zdenek Quick-Step Floors s.t.
11 NAESEN Oliver Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
12 VAN BAARLE Dylan Sky s.t.
13 VANMARCKE Sep EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
14 ROOSEN Timo LottoNL-Jumbo @ 1min 9sec
15 DÉMARE Arnaud Groupama-FDJ 1:13
16 KRISTOFF Alexander UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
17 POLITT Nils Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
18 TEUNISSEN Mike Team Sunweb s.t.
19 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Dimension Data s.t.
20 CORT NIELSEN Magnus Astana s.t.
21 MOSCON Gianni Sky s.t.
22 LANGEVELD Sebastian EF Education First-Drapac 1:15
23 COLBRELLI Sonny Bahrain-Merida s.t.
24 NIBALI Vincenzo Bahrain-Merida 1:18
25 HAUSSLER Heinrich Bahrain-Merida 1:24
26 OSS Daniel Bora-hansgrohe 3:16
27 ROELANDTS Jurgen BMC s.t.
28 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Sky s.t.
29 LAMPAERT Yves Quick-Step Floors s.t.
30 DEVRIENDT Tom Wanty-Groupe Gobert 3:40
31 DRUCKER Jean-Pierre BMC s.t.
32 DEGENKOLB John Trek-Segafredo s.t.
33 KUZNETSOV Viacheslav Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
34 DE VREESE Laurens Astana s.t.
35 TURGIS Jimmy Cofidis s.t.
36 VANDENBERGH Stijn Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
37 GARCIA CORTINA Ivan Bahrain-Merida s.t.
38 BACKAERT Frederik Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
39 RAST Gregory Trek-Segafredo s.t.
40 BYSTRØM Sven Erik UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
41 VERMOTE Julien Dimension Data s.t.
42 DE KORT Koen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
43 JANSEN Amund Grondahl LottoNL-Jumbo 3:44
44 SÉNÉCHAL Florian Quick-Step Floors 3:47
45 TRENTIN Matteo Mitchelton-Scott 4:10
46 KOREN Kristijan Bahrain-Merida s.t.
47 ALLEGAERT Piet Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
48 CIMOLAI Davide Groupama-FDJ s.t.
49 MARCATO Marco UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
50 MODOLO Sacha EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
51 BURGHARDT Marcus Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
52 GATTO Oscar Astana s.t.
53 ANDERSEN Søren Kragh Team Sunweb 5:49
54 WYNANTS Maarten LottoNL-Jumbo 7:34
55 KÜNG Stefan BMC s.t.
56 VAN EMDEN Jos LottoNL-Jumbo 8:18
57 DE BUYST Jasper Lotto-Soudal s.t.
58 SIEBERG Marcel Lotto-Soudal s.t.
59 HOULE Hugo Astana s.t.
60 ERVITI Imanol Movistar Team s.t.
61 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Lotto-Soudal s.t.
62 OLIVEIRA Nelson Movistar Team s.t.
63 MARTIN Tony Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
64 DURBRIDGE Luke Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
65 BARBERO Carlos Movistar Team 9:14
66 DUVAL Julien Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
67 DENZ Nico Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
68 SMITH Dion Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
69 KIRSCH Alex WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
70 DUIJN Huub Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
71 MÜLLER Patrick Vital Concept Cycling Club s.t.
72 LIGTHART Pim Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
73 GOLAS Michal Sky s.t.
74 BAK Lars Ytting Lotto-Soudal s.t.
75 SPENGLER Lukas WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
76 KEISSE Iljo Quick-Step Floors s.t.
77 HOFSTEDE Lennard Team Sunweb s.t.
78 LE GAC Olivier Groupama-FDJ s.t.
79 KONOVALOVAS Ignatas Groupama-FDJ s.t.
80 SCULLY Thomas EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
81 TROIA Oliviero UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
82 WALLAYS Jelle Lotto-Soudal s.t.
83 HAYMAN Mathew Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
84 MEZGEC Luka Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
85 PIBERNIK Luka Bahrain-Merida s.t.
86 VAN LERBERGHE Bert Cofidis s.t.
87 DE BIE Sean Veranda's Willems-Crelan 13:12
88 CAPIOT Amaury Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
89 PFINGSTEN Christoph Bora-hansgrohe 14:31
90 PEYSKENS Dimitri WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
91 DECLERCQ Benjamin Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
92 SAGAN Juraj Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
93 MULLEN Ryan Trek-Segafredo s.t.
94 VAN SCHIP Jan-Willem Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
95 VENTER Jaco Dimension Data s.t.
96 DOUGALL Nick Dimension Data s.t.
97 SINKELDAM Ramon Groupama-FDJ s.t.
98 BRESCHEL Matti EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
99 EDMONDSON Alexander Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
100 PHINNEY Taylor EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
101 PLANCKAERT Baptiste Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
102 JULES Justin WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
103 LEMOINE Cyril Cofidis s.t.
104 STEELS Stijn Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.

2018 Tour of Flanders map and profile:

2018 Tour of Flanders map

2018 Tour of Flanders profile

2018 Tour of Flanders profile


2018 Tour of Flanders photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan at the opening ceremony

Team Cofidis

A bundled-up Team Cofidis is presented before the race start.

Mur de Grammont

Fans wait on the Grammont/Kapelmuur ascent.

Grammnt ascent

Wet cobbles waited for the riders on the Grammont/Kapelmuur

Pim Ligthart

Pim Ligthart on the Grammont/Kapelmuur

Niki Terpstra

Niki Terpstra is alone and away on the day's final climb, the .36km Paterberg.

Niki Terpstra

Terpstra is near the top of the Paterberg and is still well clear.

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan pounds up the Paterberg.

Niki Terpstra

Terstra gets a solo win at De Ronde.

Mads Pedersen

Mads Pedersen finishes second.

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert is third.

Greg van Avermaet

Greg van Avermaet wins the sprint for fifth.

Niki Terpstra

Niki Terpstra looking a bit worse for the wear right after the race.

2018 Flanders podium

The 2018 Ronde van Vlaanderen podium, from left: Mads Pedersen (2nd), Niki Terpstra & Philippe Gilbert (3rd).

Niki Terpstra

Winner Niki Terpstra


Start list with back numbers, March 31, 2018:

  QUICK-STEP FLOORS
DS: Wilfried Peeters
1 GILBERT Philippe
2 LAMPAERT Yves
3 KEISSE Iljo
4 STYBAR Zdenek
5 SENECHAL Florian
6 DECLERCQ Tim
7 TERPSTRA Niki
BORA-HANSGROHE
DS: Enrico Poitschke
11 SAGAN Peter
12 BURGHARDT Marcus
13 OSS Daniel
14 BODNAR Maciej
15 SAGAN Juraj
16 PFINGSTEN Christoph
17 SCHILLINGER Andreas
AG2R LA MONDIALE
DS: Julien Jurdie
21 NAESEN Oliver
22 VANDENBERGH Stijn
23 BAGDONAS Gediminas
24 BARBIER Rudy
25 DENZ Nico
26 DUVAL Julien
27 GALLOPIN Tony
BMC
DS: Fabio Baldato
31 VAN AVERMAET Greg
32 BETTIOL Alberto
33 DRUCKER Jean Pierre
34 KÜNG Stefan
35 ROELANDTS Jurgen
36 SCHÄR Michael
37 VENTOSO Francisco
LOTTO-SOUDAL
DS: Herman Frison
41 BENOOT Tiesj
42 FRISON Frederik
43 BAK Lars Ytting
44 DEBUSSCHERE Jens
45 DE BUYST Jasper
46 SIEBERG Marcel
47 WALLAYS Jelle
EF EDUCATION FIRST-DRAPAC
DS: Andreas Klier
51 VANMARCKE Sep
52 BRESCHEL Matti
53 LANGEVELD Sebastian
54 MODOLO Sacha
55 PHINNEY Taylor
56 SCULLY Thomas
57 DOCKER Mitchell
TEAM SUNWEB
DS: Marc Reef
61 THEUNS Edward
62 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren
63 ARNDT Nikias
64 CURVERS Roy
65 HOFSTEDE Lennard
66 STAMSNIJDER Tom
67 TEUNISSEN Mike
ASTANA
DS: Lars Michaelsen
71 DE VREESE Laurens
72 GATTO Oscar
73 HOULE Hugo
74 KORSAETH Truls Engen
75 LUTSENKO Alexey
76 CORT NIELSEN Magnus
77 VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
BAHRAIN-MERIDA
DS: Tristan Hoffman
81 NIBALI Vincenzo
82 BOZIC Borut
83 COLBRELLI Sonny
84 GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
85 HAUSSLER Heinrich
86 KOREN Kristjan
87 PIBERNIK Luka
GROUPAMA-FDJ
DS: Frederic Guesdon
91 DEMARE Arnaud
92 CIMOLAI Davide
93 DUCHESNE Antoine
94 GUARNIERI Jacopo
95 KONOVALOVAS Ignatas
96 LE GAC Olivier
97 SINKELDAM Ramon
MITCHELTON-SCOTT
DS: Matthew Wilson
101 HAYMAN Mathew
102 BAUER Jack
103 DURBRIDGE Luke
104 EDMONDSON Alexander
105 HEPBURN Michael
106 MEZGEC Luka
107 TRENTIN Matteo
MOVISTAR
DS: José Garcia Acosta
111 ARCAS Jorge
112 BARBERO Carlos
113 CARRETERO Hector
114 ERVITI Imanol
115 BICO Nuno Miguel
116 OLIVEIRA Nelson
117 SÜTTERLIN Jasha
DIMENSION DATA
DS: Jean-Pierre Heynderickx
121 VERMOTE Julien
122 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
123 DOUGALL Nick
124 VAN ZYL Johann
125 GIBBONS Ryan
126 THOMSON Jay Robert
127 VENTER Jacobus
KATUSHA-ALPECIN
DS: Torsten Schmidt
131 MARTIN Tony
132 KUZNETSOV Vyacheslav
133 GONCALVES Jose
134 HALLER Marco
135 PLANCKAERT Baptiste
136 POLITT Nils
137 ZABEL Rick
LOTTO NL-JUMBO
DS: Nico Verhoeven
141 JANSEN Amund Grøndahl
142 EENKHOORN Pascal
143 ROOSEN Timo
144 TANKINK Bram
145 VAN EMDEN Jos
146 WAGNER Robert
147 WYNANTS Maarten
SKY
DS: Servais Knaven
151 KWIATKOWSKI Michal
152 GOLAS Michal
153 KNEES Christian
154 MOSCON Gianni
155 ROWE Luke
156 STANNARD Ian
157 VAN BAARLE Dylan
TREK-SEGAFREDO
DS: Dirk Demol
161 STUYVEN Jasper
162 DEGENKOLB John
163 DE KORT Koen
164 MULLEN Ryan
165 PEDERSEN Mads
166 RAST Grégory
167 REIJNEN Kiel
UAE-TEAM EMIRATES
DS: Mario Scirea
171 KRISTOFF Alexander
172 BYSTROM Sven Erik
173 CONSONNI Simone
174 GANNA Filippo
175 MARCATO Marco
176 SWIFT Ben
177 TROIA Oliviero
SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
DS: Walter Planckaert
181 VAN HECKE Preben
182 ALLEGAERT Piet
183 CAPIOT Amaury
184 DE GENDT Aimé
185 DECLERCQ Benjamin
186 PLANCKAERT Edward
187 RICKAERT Jonas
VERANDA'S WILLEMS-CRELAN
DS: Michiel Elijzen
191 VAN AERT Wout
192 DE BIE Sean
193 STEELS Stijn
194 WAEYTENS Zico
195 DEVOLDER Stijn
196 DUYN Huub
197 GOOLAERTS Michael
WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT
DS: Hilaire Van der Schueren
201 BACKAERT Frederik
202 DEVRIENDT Tom
203 OFFREDO Yoann
204 PASQUALON Andrea
205 SMITH Dion
206 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
207 MCNALLY Mark
WB-AQUA PROTECT-VERANCLASSIC
DS: Thierry Marichal
211 DEHAES Kenny
212 JULES Justin
213 MORTIER Julien
214 KIRSCH Alex
215 PEYSKENS Dimitri
216 SPENGLER Lukas
217 VANTOMME Maxime
ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
DS: Erik Breukink
221 WEENING Pieter
222 GERTS Floris
223 LIGTHART Pim
224 VERMELTFOORT Coen
225 VAN GINNEKEN Sjoerd
226 VAN GOETHEM Brian
227 VAN SCHIP Jan Willem
VITAL CONCEPT
DS: Jimmy Engoulvent
231 COQUARD Bryan
232 DE BACKER Bert
233 LE BON Johan
234 LECROQ Jérémy
235 MORICE Julien
236 MÜLLER Patrick
237 VAN GENECHTEN Jonas
COFIDIS
DS: Alain Deloeuil
241 LAPORTE Christophe
242 SOUPE Geoffrey
243 TURGIS Jimmy
244 LEMOINE Cyril
245 VAN STAEYEN Michael
246 VAN LERBERGHE Bert
247 VANBILSEN Kenneth