| 7 April 1996|
269 km (167.1 mi)
Michele Bartoli (ITA)
6h 27' 00"
Fabio Baldato (ITA)
The 80th running of the Tour of Flanders cycling race in Belgium was held on Sunday 7 April 1996. Italian Michele Bartoli won the monument classic ahead of Fabio Baldato and Johan Museeuw. The race started in Sint-Niklaas and finished in Meerbeke (Ninove).
1996 Tour of Flanders Wikipedia
A group of 11, containing all favourites, was at the foot of the Muur van Geraardsbergen, when defending champion and race favourite Johan Museeuw had a lingering rear wheel and was distanced on the climb. Michele Bartoli attacked on the steep upper slopes of the Muur and pushed on over the Bosberg towards the finish. The stylish Italian won with a minute lead over the pursuit group where team mate Fabio Baldato won the sprint ahead of a returning Museeuw.
There were sixteen categorized climbs: