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Paradigm shift: what the 2022 Tour of Flanders tells us about cycling

Paradigm shift: what the 2022 Tour of Flanders tells us about cycling

In an extract from the 2022 edition of The Road Book, Rouleur editor Edward Pickering discusses cycling’s shift in dynamic, exemplified by this year’s Tour…

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In an extract from the 2022 edition of The Road Book, Rouleur editor Edward Pickering discusses cycling’s shift in dynamic, exemplified by this year’s Tour of Flanders

This piece is an extract from the 2022 edition of The Road Book, cycling’s only almanack, edited by Ned Boulting. Now in its fifth edition, The Road Book features essays from some of the sport’s stars and some of its best writers, as well as a wealth of statistics, infographics, and profiles from this year’s road racing season.

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The finish of the men’s Tour of Flanders said a great deal about where we are in Classics racing in 2022. A lot was happening in the last few metres: Tadej Pogańćar throwing his hands up in frustration at getting boxed in; Mathieu van der Poel wildly celebrating a second win; Dylan van Baarle giving the Ineos Grenadiers their first-ever podium at the race; Valentin Madouas of Groupama-FDJ reminding bike fans that a good rider on a great day can still beat great riders who are on good days…

A snapshot of the finish would be revealing not just for who and what was in the picture but also what was missing: any rider from Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl. The finishing straight of the Tour of Flanders, on the edge of Oudenaarde, is famous for being long, straight and wide, but you’d have to squint far, […]

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