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Tour of Flanders 2022: Route, start list, sportive and all you need to know

Emma Cole
25 Mar 2022

Key information about the men’s and women’s 2022 Tour of Flanders, including route, riders, live TV guide and key climbs

Tour of Flanders 2022: Key information

Tour of Flanders date, route, live TV coverage and race schedules

Date: Sunday 3rd April 2022
Start: Men’s – Antwerp, Belgium / Women’s – Oudenaarde, Belgium  
Finish: Oudenaarde, Belgium  
UK live TV coverage: Eurosport, GCN+  
UK TV highlights: Eurosport  
Distance: 272.5km (men), 158km (women)  

Check out our selection of the BEST images from the 2021 men’s Tour of Flanders here.

Tour of Flanders: All you need to know

Page 1: Essential guide and key climbs  
Page 2: History of the race  
Page 3: Top five editions  
Page 4: Sportive ride report  

The men’s and women’s 2022 Tour of Flanders races are both set to take place on Sunday 3rd April.

Defined by its cobbled climbs, the 2022 Tour of Flanders as usual will be largely played out in a small part of Belgium known as the Vlaamse Ardennen, or Flemish Ardennes, and over the years has developed a reputation as a favourite for both spectators and riders alike, such is the atmosphere that accompanies the race as it winds its way through the lanes of Flanders.

A major course change now sees the route centred around the town of Oudenaarde, which after Peter Sagan was crowned victor there in 2016 has hosted the finish each year since. However, a recent tweak to the race saw the start switch from Bruges to Antwerp, altering the opening kilometres of the race.

A bigger change in 2017 was the reintroduction of the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen, although its distance from the finish meant it wasn’t the decisive berg and was removed from the corona-shortened 2020 Tour of Flanders.

The same day also sees the women’s peloton scale the cobbled bergs of Flanders with a 158.6km race from and back to Oudenaarde. Like the men’s race, it’ll be the one-two punch of the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg that will shape the finale of the race.



Tour of Flanders 2022 route – men’s

Credit: Flanders Classics

The Tour of Flanders has changed the route numerous times over the course of its 100+ editions. The 2022 race will be the sixth time that the race has started in Antwerp rather than Bruges, which had hosted the race since 1998.

This year, the course adds almost 20km to its overall distance, increasing from last year’s 254km to 272.5km in length.

After being left out from 2011 to 2016, the Muur Van Geraardsbergen was reinstated and features as a spectacle again this year. 

From its start in Antwerp the race heads towards the town of Oudenaarde, through a couple of preliminary cobbled sectors at Lippenhovestraat and Paddestraat. 

There follows a slight change to the previous year’s route, with a longer flat section avoiding the Katteberg and heading instead for the day’s first run at the Oude Kwaremont, which will also be the first climb of the day following 136km of racing.

Oude Kwaremont, with its 103m ascent gain, averaging 4.8% gradient and topping out at 10%, will once again be lined with fans after the quieter times of 2020 and 2021 and will be tackled three times from different sides. 

A further five cobbled sections will be taken on, and a looping route similar to 2021’s but with the addition of the Achterberg. 

Shorter than Oude Kwaremont but viciously steep with gradients of up to 20% the Paterberg is tackled twice, at 51km and 13km to go, and these final kilometres are of flat roads. 

Tour of Flanders 2022 route – women’s

Credit: Flanders Classics

The women’s race will be similar to the men’s, albeit over 100km shorter, with the Kwaremont/Paterberg closing out the day’s action.

The women’s peloton will tackle six cobbled sections and the Kobbenburg will also be included for the first time at 114km, known as one of the most challenging climbs in the redion with a maximum gradient of 21.6% and rutted cobbles. 

Oude Kwarement and Paterberg will be the last two climbs of the day, where we can expect some major excitement, and then a 12km time-trial-style flat run to the finish. 

With the growing strength and power of the women’s peloton, this is shaping up to be a brilliant and brutal race. 

Tour of Flanders 2022 television schedule

Men’s race

Eurosport Player and GCN+ Race Pass, Sunday 3rd April, 0900-1530  
Eurosport 1, Sunday 3rd April, 08:55-15:45

Women’s race

Eurosport Player and GCN+ Race Pass, Sunday 3rd April, 1530-1730  
Eurosport 1, Sunday 3rd April, 15:45-18:00

Tour of Flanders 2022 men’s teams

Credit: Flanders Classics

WorldTour teams

  • AG2R-Citroën
  • Astana-Qazaqstan 
  • Bahrain Victorious
  • Bora-Hansgrohe
  • Cofidis
  • EF Education
  • Groupama-FDJ
  • Ineos Grenadiers
  • Intermarché-Wanty Gobert Matériaux
  • Israel- Premier Tech
  • Jumbo-Visma
  • Lotto Soudal
  • Movistar
  • QuickStep Alpha Vinyl 
  • Team BikeExchange
  • Team DSM
  • Trek-Segafredo
  • UAE Team Emirates

ProTeam wildcard teams

  • Alpecin-Fenix
  • B&B hotels - KTM
  • Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles
  • Sport Vlaanderein Baloise 
  • Team Arkea-Samsic 
  • TotalEnergies 
  • Uno-X

Credit: Flanders Classics

Tour of Flanders: Previous male winners

  • 2021 - Kasper Asgreen (DEN) Deceuninck-QuickStep
  • 2020 - Mathieu van der Poel (NED) Alpecin-Fenix
  • 2019 - Alberto Bettiol (ITA) Education First
  • 2018 - Niki Terpstra (NED) Quick-Step Floors
  • 2017 - Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors
  • 2016 - Peter Sagan (SLO) Tinkoff
  • 2015 - Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Katusha
  • 2014 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Trek Factory Racing
  • 2013 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) RadioShack-Leopard
  • 2012 - Tom Boonen (BEL) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
  • 2011 - Nick Nuyens (BEL) SaxoBank-Sungard
  • 2010 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Saxo Bank
  • 2009 - Stijn Devolder (BEL) Quickstep-Innergetic

Tour of Flanders 2022 men’s favourites

Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma)

With one Monument to his name, and a second place in Flanders in 2020, Van Aert will be hoping to tackle the route in flying form. His strong team of Jumbo-Visma will surely be pressing to put him on the top podium, and he’ll be carrying a huge weight of expectiation from Belgian fans. 

Tadej Pogačar (UAE)

No favourites list is complete nowadays without the name of the winning Slovenian rider. After his stunning solo win at Strade Bianche, Pogačar seems to be on great form and will be looking to come back from being caught on the final descent of Milan-San Remo.  

Julian Alaphilippe (QuickStep Alpha Vinyl)

Julian Alaphilippe will lead the boys from Belgium on Sunday but look to any one of Kasper Asgreen, Florian Senechal, Yves Lampaert and Zdenek Štybar for a potential victory.

Regardless of who finishes best for QuickStep on Sunday we can almost guarantee Alaphilippe will attack at some point. At least we hope so, we’ve set our clocks by it.

The Frenchman doesn't know how to race the big Classics without animating affairs and we sense Alaphilippe may be tempted to stretch his legs with 40km+ left to race.

Tour of Flanders 2022 women’s favourites

Credit: Flanders Classics

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar)

Straight in at numero uno for the favourites is last year’s winner, Van Vleuten. Her performance at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was a fine display of her current form as she launched a sprint at the penultimate corner. 

Of course, Van Vleuten’s teammate Emma Norsgaard is also a name to be mentioned here. The Classics specialist had some impressive results in 2021 so it ill be interesting to see how she does this year. 

Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo)

Whilst the Italian hasn’t had the best start to the year, there is no doubt that the Trek-Segafredo rider should not be ruled out. She rolled in at fourth at last years Tour of Flanders and will no doubt be looking to better that, and regain the victory she first tasted in 2015.  

With fellow former champion Lizzie Deignan and cyclocross supremo Lucinda Brand by her side, there is all the firepower a team could want on the ‘Hellingen’.

Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx)

Racing on home soil can be a blessing and a curse, and Belgian National Champion will be hoping to channel her inner moules-frites power.

After winning Strade Bianche, and beating Van Vleuten in a thrilling finale, Kopecky will definitely be one to watch. 

She is an impressive rider on the cobbles, and as a Flandrian, and current Belgian road race national champion, you cannot help but think Kopecky will be absolutely chomping at the bit for a result on Sunday so make sure you keep your eyes on her.

Tour of Flanders 2022 women’s teams


Credit: Flanders Classics

UCI World

  • Canyon-Sram
  • EF Education 
  • FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
  • Human Powered Health
  • Liv Racing
  • Movistar
  • Roland Cogeas 
  • Team BikeExchange
  • Team DSM
  • Team Jumbo Visma
  • Team SD Worx
  • Trek-Segafredo
  • UAE Team ADQ
  • UNO-X 

UCI Continental 

  • Bingoal Casino - Chevalmeire - Van Eyck Sport
  • Ceratizit - WNT Pro 
  • Le Col - Wahoo
  • Lotto Soudal
  • Massi Tactic Women Team
  • Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team
  • NXTG by Experza
  • Parkhotel Valkenbury
  • Plantur-Pura
  • Valcar-Travel & Service

Tour of Flanders: Previous female winners

Credit: Flanders Classics

  • 2021 - Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) Movistar
  • 2020 - Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (NED) Boels–Dolmans
  • 2019 - Marta Bastianelli (ITA) Virtu
  • 2018 - Anna van der Breggen (NED) Boels-Dolmans
  • 2017 - Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb
  • 2016 - Lizzie Deignan (GBR) Boels-Dolmans
  • 2015 - Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA) Wiggle Honda
  • 2014 - Ellen van Dijk (NED) Boels-Dolmans
  • 2013 - Marianne Vos (NED) Rabobank-Liv Giant
  • 2012 - Judith Arndt (GER) Orica-AIS
  • 2011 - Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) Nederland bloeit
  • 2010 - Grace Verbeke (BEL) Lotto Ladies Team
  • 2009 - Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (GER) Team Colombia Women

Tour of Flanders 2022: Key climbs

Oude Kwaremont

The Oude Kwaremont is an important climb at the Tour of Flanders, as it appears three times over the course of the race. The final appearance is 16km from the finish, so serves as the perfect place to grind out an attack.

Although it’s not especially steep (average 4%), it is 2.2km long and has ramps up to 12%.

Paterberg

The Paterberg appears twice in the Tour of Flanders, just 3km after the Oude Kwaremont and is the final climb in the race just 13km before the finish line.

Although the Paterberg is less than 400m long, it averages just under 13% and has ramps up to 21%. This is the final place for riders to make a big attack – Fabian Cancellara used the final few metres to gap Peter Sagan in 2013, before soloing away to claim victory.

Koppenberg

Despite its infamy, the Koppenberg only appears once at the Tour of Flanders, 220km into the race. The Koppenberg is steep (average 11%, max 22%) and narrow, but with 44km of racing to go is too far away from the finish to be a likely place to mount a race-deciding attack.

That said, the racing here is manic as riders do not wish to be caught at the back, where you usually end up walking, ending your race.

Tour of Flanders: All you need to know

Page 1: Essential guide and key climbs  
Page 2: History of the race  
Page 3: Top five editions  
Page 4: Sportive ride report  

This guide includes contributions from the wider Cyclist team of pro racing obsessives.

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