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28th Ronde van Vlaanderen 1944 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian





A Young Van Steenbergen Grabs a Monument

103 riders battled a strong wind off the North Sea during the early part of the race.

A 3 rider breakaway formed at 75 km to go and pulled away from the peloton. Enjoying a tailwind the breakaway held the lead until 10 km to go when 6 riders joined the group. As the breakaway approached the entrance to the velodrome confusion over directions into the track entrance caused the lead rider to crash. 19 year old Rik Van Steenbergen slipped past the fallen rider and crossed the finish line first. It was the biggest win of his young career.

Special Note: Filming of the Tour of Flanders had been going on for years. In 1944 sound was added to the filming and fans could enjoy the description of the race at their local movie theater.

Flanders April 2, 1944
225 Km, Gent to Gent (Velodrome Kulpke)

1. Rik VAN STEENBERGEN (Bel) 6h23'00"

2. Briek Schotte (Bel)

3. Jozef Moerenhout (Bel)

Starters: 103
Finishers: 34
Average Speed: 35.091 km/h



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