Five talking points from the 2019 Tour of Flanders

An outstanding day for Italian cycling and a bittersweet finish for Quick-Step - here are the main takeaways

Here are the main talking points from the 2019 Tour of Flanders (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Glorious day for Italian cycling

What a day to be an Italian cycling fan! First Marta Bastianelli capped off an exceptional spring by winning the women’s Tour of Flanders, then Alberto Bettiol stunned the favourites to win the men’s race.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.