Kapelmuur – Iconic Climb

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Kapelmuur

Kapelmuur

Kapelmuur was for many years, the most iconic climb in the Tour of Flanders. Positioned as the penultimate climb, it was often a springboard for attacks that saw winners get lucky.

The Kapel of the Muur

The Kapel of the Muur

Found in the Belgian city of Geraardsbergen, the climb rises 100m with a cobbled surface making the gradient feel even tougher. What makes the climb such a focal point and easy to recognise when watching the racing is the domed chapel at the summit, as well as the thousands of cycling fans that congregate on the climb’s corners.

The climb suits powerful riders due to its short length and this has seen the likes of Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen dominate it over the last ten years. Going back a couple more years, Belgian favourite Johan Museeuw would often crest the muur first.

Kapelmuur Crowds

Kapelmuur Crowds

The climb also featured in the 2014 edition of Omloop het Nieuwsblad where Ian Stannard beat local favourite Greg van Avermaet to the line by centimetres.

Each of these riders rely on huge bursts of power to reach the summit quickly with those considered more traditional climbers often struggle with the battering they receive from the cobbles.

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