Van der Poel to race virtual Ronde on Zwift

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LAGOS PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 19 Start Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Interview Portimo City during the 46th Volta ao Algarve 2020 Stage 1 a 1956km stage from Portimo to Lagos VAlgarve2020 on February 19 2020 in Lagos Portugal Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Mathieu van der Poel might have only raced the Tour of Flanders once but his fourth place finish in 2019 was remarkable, and not only because it was his first appearance. The Dutchman crashed hard on the finishing circuits when he tried to bunny hop a flower bed and broke his wheel, but he chased back on and was an aggressive presence in the finale.

Van der Poel might not have a second chance at the race this year, but he and his Alpecin-Fenix teammates will race a 27.6km virtual Tour of Flanders-style ride on Zwift on Sunday, April 5 at 11:00 CET/10:00 BST.

You can watch the action live here on Cyclingnews!

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Philippe Gilbert // Tour of Flanders // Lotto Soudal Group Ride Sunday at 1700 BST.

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Annemiek van Vleuten // Mitchelton-SCOTT Flanders Special Sunday at 1800 BST

Former Tour of Flanders women’s champion Annemiek van Vleuten will lead a social group ride where she will answer questions and chat about her experience in the iconic Tour of Flanders race. More information here.