Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins will take part in the Tour of Flanders this Sunday, April 6, as a replacement for Ian Stannard who broke a vertebra after touching wheels and crashing into a ditch at last weekend’s Gent-Wevelgem. Wiggins’ inclusion at Flanders – one of the traditional early season one-day ‘Monument Races’ – marks his first appearance at the event since 2005. The 259.8km Tour of Flanders (or ‘ De Ronde’ as it is colloquially known) is the 98th edition of the race and this year features 17 short climbs and 17 sections of the infamous cobbles.
Tour de France winner and multiple Olympian Wiggins – who is also expected to race in Stannard’s place at Paris-Roubaix (April 13) – joins GB’s Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe in the eight-man squad.
Full details of the Tour of Flanders at rondevanvlaanderen.be