Museeuw says Molenberg could be the key to De Ronde

De Ronde passes the front door. greenjersey photo

Three times winner Johan Museeuw thinks that the Molenberg could be a crucial point in the Tour of Flanders. The climb with three hundred metres of cobbles and a maximum gradient of 14% is often the first climb of the race. Normally at half distance  this year it will be just 45km from the line.

No doubt it will be important in that for some the race will be lost on the climb but it does seem too far for a winning move. I recall  when  Museeuw attacked on the Tenbosse with 30km to ride and that seemed a risky move, although it paid off for the Lion of Flanders.  Stijn Devolder, who is chasing a third win, thinks that the main contenders will still be together at the bottom of the Muur  at Gerardsbergen 15km from the aankomst but by the chapel at the summit the winner will be known.

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