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24th Ronde van Vlaanderen 1940 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

WW2 Didn't Stop the Ronde

World War 2 had engulfed Europe but the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) went on as scheduled. Top riders of the time came to compete in front of huge crowds full of soldiers in uniform.

A small group escaped on the climb of the Oude Kwaremont with 80 km to go (about 50 miles). The group was reduced to six riders on the climb of the Edelareberg.

Approaching the finish Achiel Buysse used his suprior closing speed and dropped everyone. He rode solo into the finish in Wetteren. He earned the 1940 Tour of Flanders victory.

Flanders March 31, 1940
211 Km, Gent to Wetteren

1. Achiel BUYSSE (Bel) 6h02'00

2. Georges Christiaens (Bel) +20

3. Briek Schotte (Bel)

Starters: 103
Finishers: 34
Average Speed: 34.970 km/h

RVV 1939

RVV 1941

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