The Tour of Flanders 2014 race route on Google Maps/Google Earth
The Belgian races have pretty much taken over the cycling calendar since a few weeks now but one of the biggest classics remains the one which will take place this weekend: the Tour of Flanders.
With some minor modifications, the distance of the Belgian race is a bit longer, with 259.8 kilometers (256.2 in 2013) but the idea of the race is still the same, with the 17 climbs in the second half of the race, including two climbs of the Kruisberg/Mont Hotond (the first one is not shown in the list of 17 climbs) and the triple climb of the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg (the first climb of the Kwarement is not associated to the Paterberg this time).
In this article you'll find the itinerary of the race and the race route on Google Maps/Google Earth for the Tour of Flanders 2014.
The Tour of Flanders 2014 race route on Google Maps
The Tour of Flanders celebrates its 101st anniversary with the 98th edition this Sunday.
This 98th edition will not see the Mur de Grammont make its comeback, since it was removed from the race route in 2012, but it keeps the principles of last year's race route with the start on the Market in Brugge, a first part of the race route which is almost in a straight line down towards the French border. Going to the finish city Oudenaarde (the finish city of the Tour of Flanders since 2012), the riders get to the climbs which don't leave a moment of rest in the final part of the race.
The 17 climbs which will be climbed in 2014 are a little bit different from 2013:
** what's interesting to know is that the Paterberg is part of the Tour of Flanders only since 1986. Indeed, that year a farmer who was very interested by the race invited the organisor of the race to come see a track in one of his fields which he had paved himself and after this meeting, this additional climb became part of the Belgian classic.
Hereunder you'll find the itinerary and the race route of the Tour of Flanders 2014 on Google Maps. Click on the images to open them.