With De Brabantse Pijl (7/10), Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (11/10), the Scheldeprijs (14/10) and finally, the Tour of Flanders (18/10), there are still four Flanders Classics races on the revised cycling calendar. The organisation has decided to change the race circuit a bit from what was planned in the spring and to shorten the races in view of the busy autumn calendar that awaits the teams.
The Flanders Classics team, just like cycling fans, is looking forward to October with great enthusiasm. With no fewer than four races to look forward to, the preparations have now started again. In recent weeks, for example, the organisation has been working on the circuits of the various races.
The quick succession of races on the newly proposed calendar will require quite a bit of organisation on the part of the teams. To provide the teams and riders with enough opportunity to rest between the races that will follow each other in rapid succession in October, Flanders Classics has decided, in consultation with various teams, to slightly shorten the distance of its races.
This amounts to a limited reduction in the total distance of Gent-Wevelgem, while nevertheless keeping the classic highlights in the finals: 238 km Elite Men and 142 km Elite Women. As planned, both the Elite Men and the Elite Women will also start in Ypres on 11 October for the first time in the history of this classic. However, for the men’s circuit, the section over French territory will be left out entirely. As a result, some hills, such as Catsberg, Zwarte Berg and Vert Mont, will no longer be part of the circuit. So that the race will have the number of climbs it needs, an extra, and thus third, passage on the Kemmelberg will be included in the circuit. The Plugstreets and the Moeren will also remain part of the race course.
The circuit for the Elite Women remains largely unchanged. The Scherpenberg and Vidaigneberg will be the first two climbs on the route, with the Kemmelberg as the final climb, after which there will still be 35 km to the finish on the Vanackerestraat in Wevelgem.
Flanders Classics is currently working on the preparations for its postponed races, subject to measures related to COVID-19. We are already looking forward to 11 October and the start of Gent-Wevelgem in Ypres.
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