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Title: Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Post by: DJW on March 18, 2017, 10:23
72nd Dwars Door Vlaanderen
This time it's World Tour

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From cyclingnews.com[1]
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Followed closely by E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem and then the Tour of Flanders the following weekend, Dwars door Vlaanderen is a tried and true starting course for the one-day specialists. A 202-km trek through the heartland of the Classics, the event is set to draw an even higher caliber of competitors in 2017 than in years past thanks to a bump up to the WorldTour.

With cobblestones and hills aplenty on their road from Roeselare to Waregem, riders can expect hard-nosed racing throughout the day, though the parcours eases off somewhat in the finale. That sets Dwars door Vlaanderen up as a battleground where the attackers and the more well-rounded sprinters both have a shot at victory.

The fast finishers triumphed in 2016, with Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) sprinting to victory ahead of Bryan Coquard and Edward Theuns after an escape attempt by BMC's Greg Van Avermaet was reeled in. A similar 2017 route will likely see another showdown between sprint trains and late aggressors in West Flanders.

Teams

#ag2r #astana #bahrain #bmc #cannondale #fdj #lotto #movistar #orica #quickstep #katusha #jumbo #sunweb #trek #uae #wbva #direct #cofidis #vlaanderen #wanty #roompot #gazprom #academy #verandas

All of the WT teams apart from Sky and Dimension Data are gracing the race with their presence, and a further 9 PCT teams make up the rest of the peloton.

Past Editions and Winners

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YearWinnerCountryTeam
2016*beJens Debuscherre#lotto
2015*beJelle Wallays#vlaanderen
2014*nlNiki Terpstra#quickstep
2013*itOscar Gatto#nippo
2012*nlNiki Terpstra#quickstep
2011*beNick Nuyens#saxobank
2010*dkMatti Breschel#saxobank
2009*beKevin Van Impe#quickstep
2008*frSylvain Chavanel#cofidis
2007*beTom Boonen#quickstep

The Course
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The race route incorporates many of Flanders' most famed bergs and pave sections including the Eikenberg, Taaienberg, Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg. The quick succession of these four sections, from ~60km and ~30km to go, is sure to put extreme pressure on the peloton, whilst anyone who has watched Nokerse Koerse will now that the Nokereberg (at ~10km to go) is a tough section which could well make the final selection.


Kasseien + Hellingen

KMSectionNameLength
91#medNieuwe Kwaremont2000m
110#medKattenberg750m
111#flatHolleweg350m
120#flatHaaghoek2000m
122#medLeberg950m
127#medBerendries892m
132#medValkenberg550m
144#medEikenberg1148m
150#medTaaienberg890m
168#medOude-Kwaremont2200m
171#medPaterberg360m
177#flatVarentstraat809m
182#medVossenhol1268m
187#medHolstraat1300m
194#medNokereberg350m
197#flatHerlegemstraat800m


See here (http://www.ddvl.eu/en/ddv/elite-men/race/course) for full course details.


The Favourites (and others)

:*:*:*:*:*


#trek John Degenkolb  #fdj Arnaud Demare


:*:*:*:*


 #direct Bryan Coquard #quickstep Zdenek Stybar


:*:*:*

#lotto Tiesj Benoot  #trek Jasper Stuyven  #cannondale Sep Vanmarcke


:*:*

#jumbo Lars Boom  #quickstep Fernando Gaviria


:*

#quickstep Dries Devenyns  #vlaanderen Bert Vanlerberghe




Wildcards :cool : #wbva Alex Kirsch #lotto Jasper de Buyst #astana Truls Engen Korsaeth #fdj Daniel Hoelgaard #katusha Nils Politt
 1. http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/dwars-door-vlaanderen-2017/
Title: Re: [1.WT1] Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Post by: Echoes on March 18, 2017, 10:59
I'll incessantly repeat as well that this race was formerly called "Dwars door België" until 1999. Probably until it gets back its rightful name and route.

The route back then was impressive, including the Côte du Beau-Site, in the Walloon part of the "Flemish Ardennes". Probably the hardest cobbled climb in the area, after the Koppenberg. No longer used in pro cycling now but the main decider of the Tryptich Mounts & Castles and of the Two Days of Gaverstreek. I can understand that many of you have only known the race in its "Dwars door Vlaanderen" format but for us in Wallonia, this route change and name change were felt as a disgraced back then. Clearly.

http://www.climbbybike.com/fr/ascension.asp?Col=Beau-Site-Sud-Ouest&qryMountainID=137#profile
Title: Re: [1.WT1] Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Post by: just some guy on March 21, 2017, 11:16
https://twitter.com/Velorooms/status/844145279137959937
Title: Re: [1.WT1] Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Post by: just some guy on March 21, 2017, 11:17
https://twitter.com/Velorooms/status/844104006955909120
Title: Re: [1.WT1] Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Post by: just some guy on March 21, 2017, 11:22
Betancur is riding  :D
Title: Re: [1.WT1] Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Post by: just some guy on March 21, 2017, 11:26
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Title: Re: [1.WT1] Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Post by: just some guy on March 22, 2017, 06:45
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Title: Re: [1.WT1] Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Post by: search on March 22, 2017, 08:22
Stars :)

*be Het Nieuwsblad

***** Gaviria
**** Terpstra, Démare
*** Benoot, Keukeleire, Theuns
** Naesen, Lampaert, Matthews, Roelandts
* Vanmarcke, Debusschere, Groenewegen, Stybar, Planckaert

I tend to disagree though ;)
Title: Re: [1.WT1] Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Post by: just some guy on March 22, 2017, 08:55
https://twitter.com/cem_tanyeri/status/844471166651785216

local weather report
Title: Re: [1.WT1] Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Post by: just some guy on March 22, 2017, 10:51
Nice little picture from Sporza

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Title: Re: [1.WT1] Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Post by: just some guy on March 22, 2017, 16:02
Super tactics by #quickstep today The Gilbert Lampaert Combo the Stybar Terps attck to bridge to G2 to stop them working

Nice day out in Belgium

and Ronde light starts the 2.5 weeks of Fun

Title: Re: [1.WT1] Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Post by: AG on March 22, 2017, 23:53


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This was as good a race as you are likely to see.   Attacking from 80 km to go and it never really let up.  The move only had between 20-40 seconds on the chasing groups ... but they could never quite close that gap.  It wasnt until the Quickstep team mates arrived at the 1st chasing group that they gave up and allowed the 4 off the front to skip away and fight for the win.

Things we learned

1 - Quickstep finally learn some tactics.   They have long been the strongest team in these races, but have rarely used their superior numbers in the final sections to any advantage. 

2 - Sep VanMarcke not there yet.  He missed the opening move, set his team to bring them back but never managed it.  They eventually sat up and followed, relying on Sep to bridge on the Kwaremont .... but he failed to gain back anything.  In fact, Stybar and Terpstra left him in their wake as they bridged

3 - Gilbert surely a contender for Flanders.  Though lets face it, the competition will be another several rungs higher with the likes of Sagan and GVA to come in.

4 - Groenewegen has a future in the classics.   Great ride from the young sprinter here

5 - Michael Matthews having made some pretty big statements about his goals on the cobbles .,.. has some work still to do


Title: Re: Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Post by: DJW on March 23, 2017, 15:49
https://twitter.com/TrekSegafredo/status/844603171007873027