Watch: Taking on the toughest climbs of the Tour of Flanders

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In association with Canyon, Ribble Cycles and Boardman bikes

Earlier this year Cycling Weekly headed out to Belgium on some of the hottest endurance bikes on the market to take a look at the toughest climbs that the Tour of Flanders has to offer.

The route was able to take in the formidable Muur van Geraardsbergen. At just over a kilometre, it’s not the length that the problem but the fact it rears up to 20 per cent at its steepest and in 2010 it was famously the climb on which Fabian Cancellera rode away from Tom Boonen.

Following this was the Oude Kwaremont, a longer climb at 2.2km but it’s less steep with only an 11 per cent max gradient. Close by is the Paterberg, one of the most formidable sectors, not least because of the sharp right hand bend at its entry. Not much further still comes the Koppenberg a climb famous for making even the hardest riders walk. One pedal slip here and you’re in trouble: the 22 per cent max gradient makes getting going again all but impossible.

The last climb we visited was the Taaienberg, Tom Boonen’s favourite climb on which to put his rivals to the sword. Fortunately there’s a big gutter on the right hand side to make life a little easier.

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