Will Victor Campenaerts win the Tour of Flanders with a 58-tooth chainring?

The Belgian Hour champion has been using a time trial chainring for his Classics campaign - will it make the difference for him at 'De Ronde'?

Victor Campenaerts rides away from Tiesj Benoot at DDV 2022
(Image credit: Getty / Peter De Voecht)

As the current Hour record holder Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal) knows a thing or two about sustained efforts at high speed. And it appears that he’s now applying his successful approach against the clock to the road.

Currently in the midst of a full Spring Classics campaign, the Belgian rider has featured prominently thus far on his home roads, with top-10 finishes at both Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Le Samyn. At yesterday’s Dwars Doors Vlaanderen he again animated the race, notably pulling clear from the lead group of five as he attacked on the descent of the Holstraat inside the final 10km. He'd previously attacked on the downhill after the Nokereberg with around 20km still to go.

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.