Coverage of the 2016 Tour of Flanders - on and off the bike


Monday 4 Apr 2016
Road world champion Peter Sagan claimed his first "Monument" with victory at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.
The Tinkoff rider timed his attack on the final climb of the race with just over 13km left in the gruelling 255km route from Bruges to Oudenaarde and held on to finish solo.Three-time winner Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) had to settle for...

“I’m very happy for this win. I want to have fun after this victory. Next week we’ll think about next week, but not now.”



"Second is not first. First is history." 



Sep Vanmarcke:

“I returned in the peloton (after crashing after 120kms), but I noticed the damage of my crash.

“My bike broke and it took a while before I was back in the race. I had changed the position of my saddle on purpose, just before the race, and I didn’t have the chance to do that with my second bike as well.

"After 170 kilometres, I suffered.”

“My team-mates gave it all to bring me back in the race. I was still feeling good on the climbs.

"When Sagan and Kwiatkowski attacked, I felt that it was going to be the decisive moment in the race. I had to close the gap to them immediately. Behind me, there was a moment of doubt and that was a perfect situation for me.”

DS Jan Boven:  

“Sep was sharp when Sagan and Kwiatkowski attacked and he was the only one who was able to follow Sagan on the Oude Kwaremont. We are satisfied with this third place.”

Dimitri Claeys (9th)

“I was very motivated to do something for Antoine and for Daan (Myngheer).  

"We missed the early break but made up for that in the final of the race.

"Peter Sagan and Sep Vanmarcke were just too strong so I couldn't follow them but then I wanted to sprint as well as I could to get a good result."

Marco Marcato (24th) 

“In the final, on Koppenberg, I tried something but it was Peter Sagan himself who closed the gap.

“Then I waited until Oude Kwaremont. The legs were better than I had anticipated but on Paterberg it was just too much. However, I am happy with today's result. I leave a lot of good riders behind me."

"We are all a bit more relaxed now, have more confidence and we will improve with every race."

DS Hilaire Van Der Schueren

“I had hoped Claeys could follow on the Kwaremont but when that isn't possible, I absolutely can't blame him.

"I am really happy with the entire team, not just with Dimitri.

"This is a fantastic result after a really tough week."

Greg Van Avermaet 

"It's a big disappointment because for me Flanders, Roubaix, Amstel are the most important races of the season and I can't be there.

"What can I say, it was really hard for me to be on the ground. I tried to stand up but when you have something broken it is not possible. It's not a good situation but I have to handle it and hopefully I'll come back stronger."

Injury report: fracture of the right collarbone

Michael Schaer

"Paris-Roubaix is my favorite race of the whole season so I hope to be there but at this stage I'm taking things one day at a time."

Injuy report:  Not seriously injured. Stiff neck caused by whiplash. Knee contusion with a hematoma. 

Marcus Burghardt: 

"I'm really disappointed as I had the legs and a good feeling today and I couldn't really test myself. I'm more frustrated it was caused by a flying bottle. On cobbles there shouldn't be bottles flying around. I hope to be back on Sunday"

Injury report:  Contusion on left knee, superficial bursitis and a soft tissue hematoma.

Manuel Quinziato:

"I feel really disappointed because when you crash yourself it is bad enough but to bring down the whole team, it feels like one of the worst days in my professional career.

I don't feel like it was my fault because it felt like someone knocked my handle bars and that caused me to crash. I hope I'm going to recover fairly quickly."

Injury report:  multiple abrasions on right shoulder, right elbow and right thigh.