Gone on the Kapelmuur!
The new Lion of Flanders is the Swiss Bear, Fabian Cancellara. He was the strongest beating out a certain home favorite Torpedo Tom Boonen fair and square. The rest of the field was left behind as the dynamic duo rode away on the Molenberg climb. Then all hell broke loose as a good chasing group led by Millar, Gilbert and Leukemans tried in vain as the two man freight train was too fast. A second select group containing hopefuls; Hincapie, Devolder, Flecha was simply too far back.
The decisive moment was on the murderous Kapelmuur climb as the time trial champ put an end to the Torpedo. He rode away from him. As he rode towards the finish the glory would be his when he flash his lucky charm to the cameras. His third Monument with wins in the 2006 Paris-Roubaix & 2008 Milan-Sanremo. He is only the second Swiss rider to win the Ronde. Heiri Suter did it in 1923 with a twist.
Suter won both the Ronde and Paris-Roubaix that same year. With his Flanders finesse, I believe the Swiss Bear is closer to a double reality!
The Final Three:
1. Fabian Cancellara
2. Tom Boonen
3. Philippe Gilbert
Heiri Suter was the first Swiss
to win Flanders in 1923.