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43rd Ronde van Vlaanderen 1959 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian





King of the Classics Wins His 1st Ronde

Belgian superstar Rik Van Looy would be the first rider to win all 5 of cycling's monuments. Already the winner of the 1958 Milan-San Remo, a very fit Van Looy powered to his first Ronde victory in 1959.

Van Looy attacked to win the lucrative prize at the top of the Muur de Grammont. After a small regrouping on the descent Van Looy controlled the breakaway and sprinted to the victory in Wetteren.

SPECIAL NOTE: Great Flandrian hero Albriek "Briek" Schotte race his 20th consecutive Tour of Flanders (1940-1959). He reached the podium 8 times (1st twice, 2nd twice and 3rd four times).

Flanders March 30, 1959
242 Km, Gent to Wetteren

1. Rik VAN LOOY (Bel) 6h14'00"

2. Frans Schoubben (Bel) +2"

3. Gilbert Desmet 1 (Bel) +10"

Starters: 143
Finishers: 58
Average Speed: 36.820 km/h



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