Flanders most Beautiful. Wielerhoogmis. The pinnacle of the Holy Wielerweek. Nicknames enough for the Tour of Flanders. Favorites also. Wout van Aert, Zdenek Stybar, Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet, Mathieu van der Poel... Advance was a rider or ten mentioned at the start in Antwerp.
After the inauguration of Bart De Wever pulled the peloton is on the corridor heading towards the Flemish Ardennes. An attack by four riders took care of the usual publicity, but the koersfeit of the first wedstrijduren was the task of Niki Terpstra. The defending champion fell heavily in the run-up to the first slopes and had to give up.