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23rd Ronde van Vlaanderen 1939 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian





6 Day Track Racer Sprints to Victory

April 2, 1939 was National Election Day in Belgium. The compulsory voting day gave rise to huge crowds along the race course.

Belgian Karel Kaers, a 6-day track racer, joined a late 4 rider breakaway with Romain Maes, Edward Vissers and Roger van den Driesshe. Kaers used his track speed to win the sprint in Wetteren.

SPECIAL NOTE: Karel Kaers add his Tour of Flanders victory to the 1934 World Road Race championships as the highlights of his career.

Flanders April 2, 1939
230 Km, Gent to Wetteren

1. Karel KAERS (Bel) 6h32'00

2. Romain Maes (Bel)

3. Edward Vissers (Bel) +10"

Starters: 129
Finishers: 48
Average Speed: 35.200 km/h

RVV 1938

RVV 1940

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