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66th Ronde van Vlaanderen 1982 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian





New Comer Gains a Great Victory

A bright, sunny day in Flanders greeted the 212 rider field for the 1982 Ronde Van Vlaanderen. 

The lead group entered Geraardsbergen together.  Race favorite and World Champion Freddy Maertens skipped a gear on the Muur de Grammont and lost contact with the leaders.  Young Belgian Rene Martens attacked up the Muur and opened a one minute gap. 

Eddy Planckaert escaped over the Bosberg and began a late chase of Martens.  Under the 1 km flag Martens was still clear and would not be caught.  Rene Martens crossed the finish line solo and collected the biggest victory of his career.

Flanders April 4, 1982
267 Km, St. Niklaas to Meerbeke/Ninove

1. Rene MARTENS (Bel) 6h35'40"

2. Eddy Planckaert (Bel) + 21"

3. Rudy Pevenage (Bel)

Starters: 212
Finishers: 51

Average Speed: 40.566 km/h



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