The 75th and therefore anniversary edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen starts in Roeselare on Wednesday, April 1st. Waregem will then welcome the winner after a 180-kilometre race. That winner comes from one of the 19 UCI WorldTeams or from one of the 6 UCI ProTeams.
The city of Roeselare will be the starting place for Dwars door Vlaanderen Elite Men for another five years. The organisation and the city had a contract until 2020 and in the meantime they have an agreement in principle to work together for five more years. The riders can definitely be admired on the Grote Markt in Roeselare until 2025.
The 75th edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen will take place in exactly 100 days. On Wednesday 1 April, the Elite Men will start in Roeselare for a 180 km race to Waregem. Because of road works, an additional hill, the Kanarieberg, will be integrated in the course in 2020.
In the town of Wielsbeke the brand new Dwars Door Vlaanderen route has been presented to the press. On Wednesday March 28th 2018, the new date of this WorldTour-race, only four days before the Ronde van Vlaanderen, the riders get a 181 km race with 12 climbs and 3 cobble sections on their plate. The Oude Kwaremont and Paterbeg have been left out, their replacements listen to the names Kluisberg and côte de Trieu (Knokteberg).
Flanders Classics and the Dwars Door Vlaanderen organisation joined the select little group of WorldTour competitions last season. This status entailed that both parties had been looking for a better place on the UCI calendar, i.e. the Wednesday before the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Since all WorldTour teams are already present then in preparation for the Ronde, Dwars Door Vlaanderen wants to present an even stronger group of participants at the start.
Crowded sun-blessed start in Roeselare A wonderful spring sun welcomed cycling enthusiast from all corners of the world on Roeselare’s Grote Markt. The numerous present spectators watched the riders on the starting stage and saw that their heroes were ready for this brand new WorldTour classic. The heavy wind in West-Flanders could not impede an extremely fast-paced first hour of the race.
With Jürgen Roelandts, Tiesj Benoot and title defender Jens Debusschere, Lotto-Soudal can count on an iron-solid trio at the start. A trio that will face quite some resistance from among others Zdenek Stybar, Fernando Gaviria, Philippe Gilbert and Niki Terpstra, riders for Quick Step Floors, the other Belgian representative in the WorldTour.