The 2021 Tour of Flanders starts in Antwerp with few changes to the course from last year. Riders will take on 254.3 kilometres, with 19 climbs and 17 cobbled sectors before arriving in Oudenaarde for the finish. While the Muur does not feature in the race, the organisers have added more climbing between the first and second ascents of the Kwaremont in a bid to make the race harder to control and less predictable.
Big three favourites for the men’s race are once again - Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and Julian Alaphilippe and with the Paris-Roubaix race being postponed until later in the year this could be the last chance of glory for the one day specialists for some time. Picking three from the women’s race is a bit more tricky but Elisa Longo Borghini, Emma Norsgaard and Lotte Kopecky, current Belgiun champion have got to be in with a good chance.
In terms of refreshment it would be thoughtless not to include a beer or three, such as
But there are alternatives such as the local Monteberg wines, around 30km West of Ouenaarde.