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Weekend preview: The holy Ronde van Vlaanderen

Here are all the details you need to know about the biggest race in cycling's holy week, Tour of Flanders.

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Is this the best weekend in bike racing? Probably.

It’s the Volta Limburg Classic!

Wait. There’s something else, too. What was it?

Oh, right.

The Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday kicks off cycling’s springtime Holy Week, seven days when classics kings are crowned and legends are born. The Tour of Flanders (the English translation) is one of the most physically and tactically demanding races all season, a brutal 255km (for men) or 141km (for women) across the cobbled hellingen of Belgium. Here’s what you need to know:

Watch

The men’s Flanders will be broadcast on Bein Sports 9.

Tune in no later than 9:00 a.m. EDT. The men will hit the Koppenberg with 44km to go around 9:30 (depending on racing speed).

Broadcasters have promised some women’s coverage during the men’s race, but if you want to catch all the women’s action, check out this live stream. The fun will start at 8:50 a.m. EDT.

Check our TV listings page to find out where you can watch any major race.

Plotlines

Forgot what makes Flanders so special? Take a visual tour of the course with BrakeThrough Media photographers Iri Greco and Jim Fryer.

Can anyone beat Boels – Dolmans? Find out in our comprehensive women’s Flanders preview.

Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen are currently tied for most Flanders wins with three apiece. Can either break that tie this weekend? Read our men’s preview story.

For our expert tips in the men’s and women’s race, check our Editors’ Picks. Do you agree? Tell us on Twitter.

The young guns are coming. Tiesj Benoot is just 22, but was fifth at Flanders last year. Ryan Newill takes a look at three cubs who want to become lions of Flanders.

Of course, if you really want to know who is going to win, it’s best to ask the riders themselves. So that’s just what Andrew Hood did.

The Muur may be gone, but the Flanders course is still fantastic, trust us.

VeloNews has a full team on the ground in Belgium, so keep an eye out for more stories throughout the weekend and we head toward the next holy objective: Paris-Roubaix.