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


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian





WW2 Didn't Stop the Ronde

WW2 had engulfed Europe but the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) went on as scheduled. Top riders of the time came to compete and the crowds were full of soldiers in uniform.

A small group escaped on the climb of the Oude Kwaremont with 80 km to go (about 50 miles). Achiel Buysse dropped everyone and rode solo into Wetteren to win the 1940 Tour of Flanders.

Flanders March 31, 1940
211 Km, Gent to Wetteren

1. Achiel BUYSSE (Bel) 6h02'00

2. Georges Christiaens (Bel) +20

3. Brik Schotte (Bel)

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



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