Our Swiss-registered team brings a motivated seven-rider squad to the second Monument of the season, the prestigious Ronde van Vlaanderen, also known as Tour de Flanders, which takes place this Sunday, April 2nd.

31 March 2022

After six years the race returns to Bruges for the start and will be the longest edition since 1988. The peloton will embark on a 273.5 kilometers course through the Flemish Ardennes and tackle a total of six cobblestone sectors and 19 “Hellingen”, amongst them the iconic Oude Kwaremont, the Paterberg and the Koppenberg. 

Kiwi Jack Bauer will be racing the Ronde van Vlaanderen for the 10th time in his career and will be the team captain. His experience will be of great value to his teammates as he’ll be responsible for guiding them during one of the most grueling days in the saddle of the season. 


 Most beautiful race of the year

“De Ronde is the most beautiful race of the year, at the same time being one of the most brutal. Normally after a full gas start in Bruges, the race tends to calm down on the procession out to Oudenaarde, where it’s time to get some lunch down and buckle up for a long day in the saddle. The second ascent of the Oude Kwaremont is where the race typically opens as the bunch anticipates the Paterberg, Koppenberg and Taiienberg, all coming in quick succession. At these points the bunch is whittled down as the big players show their cards and test each other out. Then it’s often the 3rd and last time Kwaremont that they will really drive the nail home. Or it’ll be the complete opposite this Sunday, as someone makes a play from far out, like Philippe Gilbert in 2017! The Ronde can serve up all kinds of scenarios. That’s what makes it such an awesome race. There really isn’t another race like it,” explains Bauer. 

The 37-year-old New Zealander will be leading the way to six debutant teammates, among them Swiss mountain bike specialist Filippo Colombo. Canadian Nick Zukowsky, who tested himself nicely this week on the breakaway at Dwars van Vlaanderen, will also line up for his maiden Tour de Flanders. 

Looking to animate

“As Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team, we’re motivated and anticipating the race Sunday. It’s our first outing of course, with all the boys apart from myself debuting. We were very pleased to get an invitation to this monumental race and will do our utmost to animate!” concluded Bauer. 

This Sunday will also mark Polish all-rounder Kamil Małecki’s first outing at “De Ronde” likewise for Italians Alessandro Fedeli, Antonio Puppio and Nicolò Parisini, who complete our seven-rider squad. 

Aart Vierhouten, Alex Sans Vega and Rik Reinerink will be the Sports Directors for Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team for the race. 

Line-up 2023 Ronde van Vlaanderen:

Jack Bauer (NZL) Filippo Colombo (SUI) Alessandro Fedeli (ITA) Kamil Małecki (POL) Nicolò Parisini (ITA) Antonio Puppio (ITA) Nick Zukowsky (CAN)