Rathe races first monument Sunday

Mar 31, 2012 by

Portland’s Jacob Rathe will start his second World Tour race Sunday at one of the oldest monuments of the sport when De Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) rolls out for its 96th edition. The 21-year-old neo pro will be one of eight Garmin-Barracuda riders taking the start line Sunday in Brugge, Belgium.

He’ll be joined by fellow American and Pacific Northwesterner Tyler Farrar on the Garmin roster for the 255 kilometer test that ends in Meerbeke. Rathe and Farrar are two of only four U.S. riders starting the men’s race. Other U.S. riders include Ed King (Liquigas) and George Hincapie (BMC), who could set a record Sunday by finishing his 17th Ronde.

Belgium is nine hours ahead of U.S. Pacific time, so the race starts at 1 a.m. on the West Coast. Live coverage online starts at 3 a.m. and picks up on NBC Sports Network at 5:30 a.m. The race is expected to finish between 7 and 7:30 a.m. Check cyclingfans.com and steephill.tv for links.

So far this year Rathe has competed in the Tour of Qatar, Tour du Haut Var, Le Samyn, 3 Days of West Flanders, Noekere Koerse and E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke, his first World Tour race with the team.

Garmin-Barracuda roster for 2012 De Ronde Van Vlaanderen:
Bib# —  Rider
151 — Tyler Farrar (USA)
152 — Heinrich Haussler (Aus)
153 — Andreas Klier (Ger)
154 — Martijn Maaskant (Ned)
155 — Jack Bauer (NZl)
156 — Jacob Rathe (USA)
157 — Johan Vansummeren (Bel)
158 — Sep Vanmarcke (Bel)

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