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39th Ronde van Vlaanderen 1955 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian





Bobet Sails Over the Stars

All the stars of cycling came to the Tour of Flanders in 1955. There were 203 starters on a cold but dry day in Belgium. Rik Van Steenbergen, looking for his first victory of the year, attacked over the climb of the Kruisberg shattering the peloton. World champion Louison Bobet was in a hard chasing group over 3 minutes behind.

The chase began to take back time on the leaders and a downed railroad crossing slowed the leaders. By the steep climb of the Muur de Grammont the front groups came back together. The elites of the race flew through the finishing circuits when Van Steenbergen threw caution to the wind and led out the sprint from 500 meters. Bobet and Koblet held his wheel and jumped past the tiring Belgian. Louison Bobet took the victory with Koblet second and a disappointed Van Steenbergen third.

Flanders March 27, 1955
263 Km, Gent to Wetteren

1. Louison BOBET (Fra) 7h27'00"

2. Hugo Koblet (Sui)

3. Rik Van Steenbergen (Bel)

Starters: 203
Finishers: 47
Average Speed: 35.300 km/h

RVV 1954

RVV 1956

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