Course

Unofficial start - 0 km

12:15

On Wednesday March 28th, the centre of Roeselare can once again make preparations for the start of Dwars Door Vlaanderen. The riders will depart at 12:15 p.m. for a tour of 180.5 km. © Digitalclickx

Official start - 0 km

12:30

The race director waves his flag 5.7 kilometers after the unofficial start, meaning the 73rd Dwars Door Vlaanderen is officialy underway. © Kramon

Supply zone - 74,2 km

14:11

Dinner time for the riders after 74,2 kilometers. Soigneurs are ready to hand off the necessary supplies in Avelgem, right before the riders will start climbing in the Flemish Ardennes. © Kramon

Kluisberg - 82.6 km

14:23 1800m

The riders have to wait until kilometer 82 for the first climb of the day. Kluisberg is one of the eye-catchers of the reneved Dwars Door Vlaanderen route 2018 and will be climbed two times. Kluisberg is 1,8 km long, has an average gradient of 6,3 % and a maximus gradient of 15 %. © CRVV

Knokteberg (côte de Trieu) - 89.9 km

14:33 1100m

The second climb that has to become the reference point of the renewed Dwars Door Vlaanderen, together with Kluisberg, is Knokteberg: average gradient of 8%, maximum gradient of 13%. © Kramon

Kluisberg -107.3 km

14:56 1800 m

After a bit more than 107km the riders pass by on Kluisberg for the second time. Still 73,2 km and nine hills to go. © CRVV

Knokteberg (côte de Trieu) - 114.8 km

15:07 1100m

Over a distance of 1,1 km the riders have to tame the Knokteberg again. It's the second of three times the peloton passes by in the town of Rozenaken. © Kramon

Kortekeer - 122,4 km

15:17 1000m

The fifth of twelve climbs is Kortekeer in the town of Nukerke. Kortekeer has three steep curves, with a maximum gradient of 15% in the second curve. The average gradient over a distance of 1km is 6,6%. © Photo News

Mariaborrestraat - 124,5 km

15:20 2400m

When we talk about Mariaborrestraat in cycling jargon, we mean the sequence of Mariaborrestraat - Steenbeekdries - Stationsberg. This cobbled section is 2400m in total and includes the climb of Steenbeekdries and the descent of Stationsberg. ©Flickr

Steenbeekdries -125,7 km

15:21 820m

Steenbeekdries is part of the cobbled section better known as Mariaborrestraat. A fierce climb with an average gradient of 7,6%. © Kramon

Stationsberg - 125,8 km

15:22 900m

Stationsberg is often called in one breath with Steenbeekdries, both being part of the Mariaborrestraat. After conquering Steenbeekdries, the riders will descent the cobbles of Stationsberg direction next challenge: Taaienberg.

Taaienberg - 128,2 km

15:25 800m

Tough, that’s the very least you can say about the Taaienberg. At just over 128 kilometres, the riders toil on for another 890 metres, with average inclines of 7.1% and a maximum gradient of 18%. © Photonews

Kruisberg - 138.3 km

15:39 1800m

The eight climb of the day is Kruisberg, where Claude Criquelion saw his dreams of becoming World Champions shattered, at only 100m of the finish line, after being pushed. 1,8km long, 4,8% average gradient and 9% maximum gradient. This what awaits the riders with a bit more than 40km to go. © Photo News

Knokteberg (côte de Trieu) - 147.0 km

15:51 1100m

The peloton passes by a third and final time over Knokteberg. 1100m of pure pain and on to the next challenge! © Kramon

Varent - 154.4 km

16:01 809m

The grand finale inches ever closer. Before the riders start on the last hills, they are first treated to the 809 metre long cobblestone section of Varent. © Photonews

Vossenhol - 159.2 km

16:07 1268m

The second to last hill of the day is Vossenhol in Tiegem, with just 21 kilometres to go. © Dirk Haes

Collect zone - 159,3 km

16:07

The mechanics are ready and waiting to lend whatever assistance is needed in Anzegem. © Kramon

Holstraat - 163,6 km

16:13 1000m

The penultimate hill of the day in Anzegem is just 16.9 kilometres from the finish: One km long, with an average gradient of 5.2% and the perfect opportunity for those riders who still have fresh legs. The most steep part of Holstraat is at the base of the mountain with 12%. © Kramon

Nokereberg - 171,1 km

16:23 350m

The last climb of the day: the only option here is to put the pedal to the metal and forge on ahead: a 350 m stretch, with an average gradient of 5.7% and the steepest incline at 7%. Could this be the perfect place to speed past the pack? © Photonews

Herlegemstraat - 173,8 km

16:27 800m

With just under 7 km to go, the riders still have to pass through Herlegemstraat in Kruishoutem. This 800 m long cobblestone section is the last hurdle of the day. This is where Yves Lampaert surprised his companions in the escape last year with an ultimate jump. Does anyone follow his example in 2018? © Google Maps

Aankomst - 180,5 km

16:36

Will a maverick seize the day, or will the race culminate in a sprint again? At roughly 4:35 p.m. on the Zuiderlaan in Waregem, we’ll find out who the successor to Yves Lampaert will be. © Digitalclickx