___Race Snippets


41st Ronde van Vlaanderen 1957 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian





De Bruyne's Revenge

A small breakaway group formed just before the Muur de Geraardsbergen.

De Bruyne leading the group in Geraardsbergen

The group began to shatter under the relentless pressure of Alfred 'Fred' De Bruyne and his teammate Desire Keteleer. Young Belgian Rik Van Looy went too hard into a corner and crashed heavily trying to stay with the leaders. Van Looy chased hard but failed to reconnect, he finished seventeenth almost 2 minutes behind.

De Bruyne made no mistakes this year! De Bruyne got an excellent leadout from Keteleer and unleashed a brilliant sprint to gain the prestigious Tour of Flanders victory.

Flanders March 31, 1957
240 Km, Gent to Wetteren

1. Alfred DE BRUYNE (Bel) 5h58'00"

2. Jozef Planckaert (Bel)

3. Norbert Kerkhove (Bel)

Starters: 174
Finishers: 85
Average Speed: 40.222 km/h

RVV 1956

RVV 1958

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