Sunday 2nd April 2017
OK, this is exciting! The Ronde van Vlaanderen, the Tour of Flanders, is one of the high points of the women’s cycling calendar, and the end of a mini-cobbled classics season. It’s Round 5 of the Women’s WorldTour, but more importantly, it’s a legend of the sport. I’m not exaggerating when I say that 90% of the peloton dream of winning this – it’s up there with an Olympic Gold, a World Championships rainbow jersey, winning the Giro, because this is a race all cycling fans love, and being a winner of De Ronde is something that will bring kudos for all a rider’s life, in the key cycling country. And this year…. WE CAN WATCH LIVE! Not the whole race, but the last part – the fourth WorldTour race we’ve been able to see.
If you’re in Belgium, you can watch it on Belgian TV station Proximus, on channel 600 and their website, if you’re a subscriber. You’ll need to check the local TV guide to get the exact times – I think it’s 10:55, but it may start later. There may be feeds of this here, here or here.
If you’re NOT in Belgium, you can watch the last 35km, on the Flanders Classic facebook and on the Flanders Classic website. The stream will start at 13:30 European CEST (12:30pm UK BST; 7:30am USA EDT; 9:30pm Australian AEST). The stream will be commentated by ex-pro and Wiggle-High5 owner Rochelle Gilmore, and… me!
If you missed it live, you can watch a stream replay on the Flanders Classic facebook – and of course, I’ll put up a post of links to videos etc as soon as I see them.
The women’s race finish may also be shown live during the men’s race TV coverage – if that’s not on your local TV, try the feeds here, here or here.
In addition, the team presentation will be livestreamed on the Proximus facebook. on Saturday, between 16:20 and 18:00 CET (from 3:20pm UK BST, 10:20am EDT; 1:15am AEDT)
But that’s not all! We can also follow the race as it happens, on twitter – and read on for lots more race information.