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NEW TOUR OF FLANDERS ROUTE
« on: June 21, 2016, 11:51 »
There's been heated debate in Flanders about the new Tour of Flanders route.

The Kapelmuur is back but with 95km to go that's no rehabilitation according to Sep Vanmarcke and according to Cancellara it can't be compared to the Kapelmuur of old.

More than the start moved to Antwerp, it's the fact the new route almost snobbed the West-Flemish province all out that raised controversy.

West-Flemish three-time winner Eric Leman said that Karel Van Wijnendaele (founder of the race) would be spinning in his grave (in the 1910's/1920's West Flanders accounted for about 70% of Belgian cycling champions if not more). Sep Vanmarcke claims that the fact West-Flanders are no longer covered is a piece of history that goes away. "Antwerp is still a beautiful city but in my opinion Bruges is still the more beautiful of the two. Bruges has belonged for m whole life in the Tour of Flanders and I remain a West-Fleming".

Boonen disagrees. He thinks that a route cannot remain the same for eternity, argues that there once were no cobbles in Paris-Roubaix (which is inaccurate). But Boonen is a Campiner (from the Antwerp province). However West-Fleming Stijn Devolder is in favour of the new route and foreigner Fabian Cancellara is against because Bruges had a greater meaning.

The Antwerp Mayor Bart De Wever (the "Flemish" separatist) thinks that Antwerp might become THE sport city in Flanders. He's a historian but does not realise that stricto sensu Antwerp is not Flemish. What the Flemings call the "Vlaanders" (the old County of Flanders) stopped at the Schelde, on the West Bank and which roughly corresponds to the provinces of East & West Flanders. East of the Schelde river was the German Empire. When I say this, some Flemings say it's crap because Antwerp definitely belongs to the modern region called Flanders but truth to be told, the Tour of Flanders routes such Karel Van Wijnendaele wanted it to be has always been restricted to the "Vlaanders". It's never crossed the Schelde, never.



Articles from the Gazet van Antwerpen of last Saturday and Monday and the Belang van Limburg of last Saturday.
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    Re: NEW TOUR OF FLANDERS ROUTE
    « Reply #1 on: October 27, 2016, 16:23 »


    Details of the start of the Tour of Flanders.

    Start in non-Flemish city Antwerp, then on to Sint-Niklaas in the Waasland, which was the start of the race between 1977 & 1997. Still in the Waasland they are heading towards Hamme-Zogge - Van Avermaet's hometown (and where my late grand-father comes from) - then to Berlare to honour the 1957 winner Fred De Bruyne. Erpe-Mere, town of Lucien Van Impe. Herzele where the junior race has been held for 48 years (Fons De Wolf, Eric Vanderaerden, 2x Devolder and Debusschere in the palmares).

    In Zottegem they will race the cobbles of the Lippenhovestraat and the Paddestraat and then start the climb zone. The race will be held on 2 April.
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    Re: NEW TOUR OF FLANDERS ROUTE
    « Reply #2 on: October 27, 2016, 22:29 »
    According to Sporza it cost the municipality of Geraardsbergen 50,000 euro to have the Ronde pass the Muur again. It's a strange world we live in.
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    Re: NEW TOUR OF FLANDERS ROUTE
    « Reply #3 on: October 28, 2016, 11:10 »
    According to Sporza it cost the municipality of Geraardsbergen 50,000 euro to have the Ronde pass the Muur again. It's a strange world we live in.
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    Re: NEW TOUR OF FLANDERS ROUTE
    « Reply #4 on: February 11, 2017, 17:44 »

    An article from Het Belang van Limburg dating back from 26 November that I should have posted earlier if I were in a better shape but it's a very interesting one that I should be known.

    Oudenaarde Pays €400,000 oer Year for Finish Until 2023

    The Minderbroederstraat in Oudenaarde is still the finish of the Tour of Flanders until at least 2023. The East-Flemish town has reached an agreement with Flanders Classics for 7 years. Oudenaarde pays €400,000 every year, as much as Antwerp does for the coming five years.

    What's new is that in 2018 [the race formerly known as Dwars door België and which shamefully now is called] Dwars door Vlaanderen will take place the Wednesday before the Tour of Flanders.

    Wim Van Herreweghe says:

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    We want to make the Flemish Ardennen the centre of the cycling world for five days. Thereby we wish to attract even more tourists and "recreants" [I don't know if the word exists in English nor how to translate better :D] into that area. With Waregem on the Wednesday prior to the Tour of Flanders, the Flemish Ardennes are the place to be[1]
     1. In English in the text

    It means that the Three Days of De Panne have to move to another date. Bruno Dequeecker, President of the "Panne Sportief" Royal Club says:
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    We are having consctructive discussions with Wouter Vandenhaute [of Flanders Classics, e.d.] and E3 Harelbeke. We are looking for the right place and want to keep our current three-day format

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    Looks nothing good. So apparently the contract with Oudenaarde had ended and Van Herreweghe decided to extended for 7 years !!! Are we going to see the Meerbeke finale ever again? Also 5 years for the start in Antwerp, that's terrible news and then the rationale behind the Dwars move: making Flanders the place to be for 5 days is contrary to what I've always wished, namely opening a new Flandrian calendar around autumn and spreading those types of races over the calendar in order to make sure that the cobble specialists have reasons to race throughout the season ...
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    Re: NEW TOUR OF FLANDERS ROUTE
    « Reply #5 on: February 11, 2017, 19:09 »
    Are we going to see the Meerbeke finale ever again?
    Not unless the Ninove city council wins the EuroMillions jackpot ... :(

    Money talks.
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