| 6 April 1986|
275 km (170.9 mi)
Sean Kelly (IRL)
7h 10' 50"
| Adrie van der Poel (NED)|
The 70th running of the Tour of Flanders cycling race was held on 6 April 1986. It was won by Dutch rider Adrie van der Poel in a four-man sprint before Ireland's Sean Kelly.
1986 Tour of Flanders Wikipedia
A breakaway of ten riders was formed after the Koppenberg, from which Belgian Eddy Planckaert and Canadian Steve Bauer broke clear at 30 km from the finish. Bauer dropped Planckaert on the Muur van Geraardsbergen, but was joined by Sean Kelly, Adrie van der Poel and Jean-Philippe Vandenbrande at 7 km from the finish. In a four-man sprint, Dutchman van der Poel surprisingly beat Kelly. Vandenbrande was third, Bauer – the first Canadian cyclist in the top-10 – fourth.
The race started in Sint-Niklaas and finished in Meerbeke (Ninove) – totaling 274 km. The course featured 12 categorized climbs: