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Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
« on: March 25, 2017, 07:05 »
The organization of the Three Days of De Panne-Koksijde will work over the next decade with sports marketing company Golazo. For clarity, we want to give the Three Days of De Panne-Koksijde not taken over by Golazo, but we draw a close collaboration which ensures that we can increase our budget.

Track changes in a few places

The Three Days De Panne-Koksijde sticks to a now well-known rides package. The first stage will be finished between De Panne and Zottegem and the Wall of Geraardsbergen and some well-known Flemish climbs included in his trail. "It's quite tough ride, but not so heavy that we immediately get all the tension out of the race. During the drive towards Koksijde, we do not drive through Ypres but on smaller roads to Wijtschate and so to the hills. In Koksijde we drive two instead of three local laps. The final day of the three day will be finished in De Panne. First there is the short ride, 'Flanders Fields', and in the afternoon individual time trial. To please the many cycling fans, there are two local laps in voormiddagrit "

World champion Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel centerpieces

"There are three WorldTour teams less at the start, but this does not mean that we compromise on quality. World champion Peter Sagan is on the provisional list of participants. Quick Step Floors traditionally delivers a strong team and Marcel Kittel a trump card. The same goes for Lotto-Soudal André Greipel. For a final list is still early, but what we know so far is promising and a guarantee of quality sports cycling parade. "The Belgian pro-continental teams also adorn the list of participants.

"The Three Day is a great match in the holy Flemish cycling week," said Bob Verbeeck, CEO of Golazo. "Drawing on the history of the game, we want to work with the organization of the event to further expand and prepare for the future. Both parties have since been many ideas on which we will develop further after the 2017 edition."




History

Three Days De Panne - Koksijde grew into large international cycling event

What do the Royal Velo Club Panne athletic association, Ijsboerke, the Four Days of Dunkirk and the now defunct hotel Terlinck common? Together they were in 1977 on the basis of the origin of the Three Days of De Panne-Koksijde.

Here are some beautiful, exciting and sad moments in a nutshell:


A difficult start

In the seventies stayed the then prestigious cycling 'Ijsboerke' during the Four Days of Dunkirk annually Terlinck hotel on the beachfront. Thanks to the friendship that arose between the management of the team and the hotel grew the idea to organize a stage race between Tielen, home Ijsboerke and De Panne. On Monday, March 21, 1977 was the day! The first 'Four Days of De Panne' in De Panne was launched with a team time trial. The next day, the drive from De Panne to Tielen was, the next day the riders turned back to De Panne and there was still programmed a time trial. The organization even had succeeded Jan Raas, who had just won the Primavera and Tour winner Lucien Van Impe to get the start. Despite the successful first edition, the organization had financial difficulties to get together the necessary sponsors. The next three years, the stage race had therefore only three rides. During the eighties, the organization could count on the support of the municipality Herzele and again became possible as a second ride to program a time trial.

Wind in the sails

In 1990, the three-day start to a known brewery in the heart of Antwerp. This gave the organization a lot of problems. They had to get permission to put the temporary traffic stop and drive through town. Fortunately fell the approval of the Minister fourteen days before the start still on the bus. The following year, the cycling race was first broadcast live on VRT. Initially the organization, along with the organizers of several other cycling races, go knock on VTM. The VRT had just lost the broadcasting rights to football to VTM and would therefore only too happy to broadcast the three-day live. A contract was concluded for eight years. Meanwhile Koksijde also willing to provide funding. In return, the mayor demanded a check in his city. That same year both resorts signed a long-term agreement and 'Koksijde' was included in the official name of the game. Several years would be one of the main sponsor, KBC and later changed the name back to KBC Three Days of De Panne - Koksijde.

Rumour in the bunch

In 1993 again was a team time trial of 27 kilometers on the program, but this time she was shaved short-lived. The riders found four rides too much of a good thing. The following year, there was no team time trial anymore, partly to avoid relegation on the international calendar. Another year later, the riders showed again their voices heard. Shortly after the start of the second stage from Zottegem started snowing heavily. The riders set foot on the ground and refused even further driving in these conditions. After consultation and a call to Koksijde, it was not snowing at the coast. Buses were inserted to transfer the entire caravan to Oostduinkerke, which were driven ten local rounds of ten kilometers.

1999 also had a lot of uproar. It seemed like an April Fools joke on April 1 when all the papers were full of a doping affair within the Mapei team. The start was given anyway, but to the 'Star of the Sea' in Koksijde the gendarmerie put the game lamb. All Mapei riders had to leave the game. They could count on the support of their fellow riders, who would no longer continue. The ride was canceled.

The latest incident so far dates back to 2003. In harsh weather, three riders were paramount. They were on the Kemmelberg and did so. The rest of the pack was too dangerous and refused. They took the route along the foot of the mountain. The incident was classified as a race incident. The breakaway retained the lead that was about five minutes.

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Stages
Stage: 1 - 28 March : De Panne - Zottegem 205.50 km
Stage: 2 - 29 March : Zottegem - Koksijde 192.90 km
Stage: 3a - 30 March : De Panne 118.50 km
Stage: 3b - 30 March : De Panne ITT 14.20 km

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Stage: 1 - 28 March : De Panne - Zottegem, 205.50 km







Stage: 2 - 29 March : Zottegem - Koksijde, 192.90 km







Stage: 3a - 30 March : De Panne, 118.50 km







Stage: 3b - 30 March : De Panne ITT, 14.20 km





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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #1 on: March 27, 2017, 19:48 »
    As a special offer for Velorooms customers this week, we will have this year's second installment of our in-house grudge match: (drumroll  :D )

    #fortuneo vs #joker

    In this year's first round, @Nokere Korse: a near walk over for #fortuneo after more or less the entire #joker train literally derailed in the early phase of the finale. Even with that accident to help them, there was only 1 #fortuneo rider ahead of best placed #joker rider. Both teams ended a long way down on the list, which lead some to claim that it should have been a scoreless draw.

    What's at stake:
    For #fortuneo they need to prove that a pro-conti team that regularly rides Le Tour de France actually is better than a conti team.
    For #joker, it is the opposite. Long regarded by some as the sporting equivalent of a pro conti team riding at conti level for economical reasons. Is that the way it is?

    Protagonists:
    For #joker, key #rainbow (OK that's U23) Kristoffer Halvorsen and roadcaptain Vegard Breen ("Brain"). When Halvorsen won the Handzame classic, he told Breen he had no power left before the finale. To this, Breen reportedly replied "OK, then we go full gas!" and that seemed to work.

    #fortuneo - some riders on the road, riding like an amateur club and not like a team. Quite good ones though, and they get to go to TdF  :-x

    best regards, the funbiased T-72  :P
     

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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #2 on: March 27, 2017, 20:07 »
    In terms of #fortuneo v #joker I would have thought it'd be Mclay v Halvorsen (potentially on stage 2 + 3) in which case I'd back Mclay any day
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #3 on: March 28, 2017, 09:24 »
    well, 1:0 for #joker in terms of stars in *be Het Nieuwsblad...

    ***** Gilbert
    **** Durbridge, Kristoff
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #4 on: March 28, 2017, 10:08 »
    In terms of #fortuneo v #joker I would have thought it'd be Mclay v Halvorsen (potentially on stage 2 + 3) in which case I'd back Mclay any day
    You would, would you?
    Watch and learn. :P
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #5 on: March 28, 2017, 12:49 »
    You would, would you?
    Watch and learn. :P

    If they get to the finish together that is  ;)
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #6 on: March 28, 2017, 15:50 »


    Philbert laying down Ronde markers everywhere

    Turbo going alright on the Cobbles
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #7 on: March 28, 2017, 22:57 »
    Gah !  :angry
    Another big disappointment fas Doffen DNF'ed because he is ill. (Doffen is #joker #rainbow Halvorsen's nickname).

    As a consolation, #joker Forfang and #fortuneo Perichon gave me an interesting rematch of the Nokere Korse, marking each other all the way to the finish line - this time with Forfang in first.

    That makes it (counting Nokere Korse and 1st stage de Panne):

    #joker 1 - #fortuneo 1

    (season's head to head results in races with both team present)  :)

    OK now it looks more difficult as #joker will have to find a substitute for Halvorsen - most likely Skjerping - in the upcoming sprints. #fortuneo actually has a sprinter still in the race, and looks set for a comfortable lead at the end of De Panne.
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #8 on: March 29, 2017, 00:29 »


     :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #9 on: March 29, 2017, 01:02 »
    It was actually a great stage.

    Lots of attacking, splits everywhere, racing on from an early stage ...

    Moves were made from about 70 to go but the major split happened on the Muur the second time up (65km to go) when a 15 man group went in front, and a few smaller groups behind - with a big peleton further back that was never to be seen again.

    Gilbert, Durbridge, Brandle and others were in the first group, with Kristoff, Thuns and Van Keirsbulck in what formed to be group 2.  Kristoff did a LOT of work to try and bridge to G1 before eventually his team mates joined him and formed a chase group.  They never made much headway though ... gap between 30-40 seconds for the next 50km or so.

    Kristoff eventually left his team mates and formed a small chase pack, which closed to 20 seconds as they turned onto the Muur for the last time.

    Gilbert smashed it up and Durbridge was the only one who could stay with him.  Durbridge dropped his wheel towards the top, and was about 5 seconds behind when they turned for home with 15km to go.

    Turbo looked like he was going to close this gap and the 2 of them go to the finish - but Phil wanted to do it solo.  He wanted time on Durbridge for the overall ...so he carried on with it.   

    15km later he crossed the line alone   :D

    Kristoff meanwhile had made a pretty good effort up the Muur, but not enough to close the gap on the motivated guys ahead.



    what we learned

    Gilbert in top shape.   The stage was only 205km - so if he hopes to be at the pointy end of Flanders he needed to be able to cope with today easily enough - which he did.  Long solo effort at top speed would have done him good.

    Durbridge is in good shape.  This is the 2nd time in a week that he has been there with Gilbert until the final.  With another 60km on top he isnt going to be in contention for Flanders, but will be the main man for Keukeliere and gives Orica another card to play.

    Kristoff is doing ok.  Not the raging hot form that Carlton Kirby is suggesting - but his efforts to bridge after being caught out of position today were 1st class.  It was definitely a good hit out for him.

    Dries Devenyns and Alex Edmonson each did a truckload of work here.

    Its hard to read much more into this given most of Sunday's major protagonists are not here.  This is a training ride.  A good one at race speed - but still just a practice run.

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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #10 on: March 29, 2017, 05:54 »
    4 or 5 years ago, I remember sniggering at Tan and Tomo for saying Durbridge was like Cancellara and were speaking of his chances on the cobbles at the time. They may be crap, but know their sh*t better than I ever could.
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #11 on: March 29, 2017, 06:14 »
    Dont give them that much credit - I think of it like the analogy of a broken clock is right twice a day.  If you talk up every Aussie saying they will be 'the next...' eventually you will be right, or close to right.
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #13 on: March 29, 2017, 10:42 »
    https://twitter.com/inrng/status/846977272112431105
    Hmph.

    The UCI penalty scales say the following:
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    14. Wilful deviation from the course, attempt to be placed without having covered the entire course by bicycle, resuming the race after having accepted a lift in a vehicle or on a motorbike: Rider 200 CHF + elimination

    14bis. Use of sidewalks/pavements, paths or cycle paths that do not form part of the course: Rider 200 CHF and/or elimination
    Why did they introduce paragraph 14bis?!
    In my opinion, yesterday's antics showed wilful deviation from the course - as in, the sidewalks/pavements aren't part of the course, and the riders in question quite clearly deviated from the course wilfully.

    By the way, paragraph 16 clearly states that "passing a level crossing that is already down" -> elimination.
    This ought to be rephrased, since passing a level crossing where red lights flash is forbidden in normal traffic as well - not just barging through, or going around, the barriers. And it's for your own safety; trains do sometimes arrive ahead of time.

    I didn't think I'd ever praise FIFA over the UCI, but they at least instruct their referees to clamp down on behaviour they don't want to see (for whatever reason). Whether it's a player taking his jersey off in celebration, someone doing a two-footed tackle from behind ... the penalties for that are laid out clearly, and they're actually used consistently.
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #14 on: March 29, 2017, 16:05 »
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #15 on: March 29, 2017, 16:54 »
    https://twitter.com/AaStien/status/847112255779033088

    Riders were told unequivocally before the stage that anyone using the sidewalk today would be disqualified.

    What happened?
    Several riders used the sidewalk anyway - a.o. in the sprint preparation.

    Will anybody be disqualified? :shh
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #16 on: March 29, 2017, 19:56 »
    After #joker got lost in the wind today, I thought #fortuneo would get a grand slam and a massive lead in this race's most interesting competition, but it seems like that was not to happen. Once again only #fortuneo Perichon ahead of the best placed #joker rider. In other words:
    #fortuneo 2 - #joker 1

    The race is still on  :cool a bunch of motivated youngsters may actually do quite well in the split stage tomorrow, especially on the time trial (where seasoned pros just laze through if they have nothing to ride for).
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #17 on: March 29, 2017, 20:25 »
    The race is still on  :cool a bunch of motivated youngsters may actually do quite well in the split stage tomorrow, especially on the time trial (where seasoned pros just laze through if they have nothing to ride for).

    half the team is not allowed to start though (only top 130 in gc as far as I remember - if they didn't change the rules)

    edit: top 120 http://driedaagse.be/2016/index.php?view=reglement
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #18 on: March 29, 2017, 21:09 »
    Sorry, didn't know that, but Fortuneo also will loose a few riders by that criteria. They have no less than 3 riders grouped around the 120th spot. I guess they count this up after the "short stage" tomorrow, so we will not know until tomorrow how this pans out.

    Anyway, sad for Joker as Vegard Breen is actually decent on a tempo.
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #19 on: March 29, 2017, 21:29 »
    yeah, exactly, and usually some guys don't start anyway on the final day, so others could benefit from that
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #20 on: March 30, 2017, 01:40 »
    Another good race day ...

    wow we have been treated to some excellent stuff this spring.   MSR is probably the least exciting of all the races I have watched so far.  Pretty much everything else has been great.

    For those of you who didnt see the stage - action kicked off with about 40 or so to go (I think it was then anyway).  The peloton had been cruising along a couple of minutes behind the break until then.  But the wind picked up so the group went a bit faster, and a bit faster ... and suddenly the break was only 30 seconds or so.

    Then Trek decided to ride in the wind.  Katusha too had a turn but neither move went too far.

    Then Quickstep had a try - and this time it stuck.  Echelons ... the peloton was in pieces everywhere.  When they turned around and assessed the damage, Gilbert, Brandle, Kristoff and most of the major sprinters were in the front group .... and Durbridge was behind.

    Quickstep - together with help from a few other teams - went on with it to distance Durbridge.   Turbo Durbo never really stood a chance.  There were 4 or 5 Steppers along with a couple from Katusha and Trek who helped and the group worked well together.  Durbridge had 1 or 2 Orica team mates (but they only took 6 guys, and Juul Jenson went home after stage 1 so were up against it anyway) but most of the others in group 2 had team mates up the road or no interest in chasing ... it was up to Durbridge to bridge.   He tried valiantly for a lot of kilometers ... but the front group were motivated. 

    Eventually they lined up for the sprint ... which Kristoff took against an extremely fast finishing Theuns and a disappointed Kittle.

    Gilbert now sits pretty happy at the top of GC with 50 seconds back to Brandle and 1.07 to Kristoff.   While he isnt a specialist TT'er ... he did win the Belgian TT title his peak so he is handy enough that barring disaster he should take this without too many problems.
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #22 on: March 30, 2017, 09:13 »
    I cant work out the standings.  After stage 1 Brandle was +34 seconds.  He finished with Phil yesterday but is now +50.  Phil did win both int sprints ... but that is only 6 seconds - and Brandle got 1 the first time, and 2 the second time

    so how did Brandle lose the other 13 seconds?   Neither got bonus seconds at the finish
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #23 on: March 30, 2017, 11:46 »
    Stage 1 time bonus
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #24 on: March 30, 2017, 11:53 »
    thanks - yeah it was pointed out to me that I was looking at the wrong results  :lol
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #25 on: March 30, 2017, 13:07 »
    Stage 3b start list

    http://matsport.fr/resultat/2017/3PA/pdf/Etape_03/03_3PA_Heure_Depart_CLM.pdf

    #katusha Mads Würtz lost 9 minutes in the morning stage and thereby dropped out of the top 120. That's one contender less for the win then
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #27 on: March 30, 2017, 13:24 »

    #katusha Mads Würtz lost 9 minutes in the morning stage and thereby dropped out of the top 120. That's one contender less for the win then

    Noooooooo

    It's not been a 'kind' race for the Danish contingent. Chris Juul down and out with an injured wrist (immediate worry it's the same wrist that caused problems last season - after MSR crash in 2015). Mads Pedersen abandoned with sore throat and now this  :TT :TT :TT
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #28 on: March 30, 2017, 16:21 »




    and on to Ronde with Gilbert and Durbridge doing themselves no harm in the form guide, even Kristoff was alright 
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    Re: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
    « Reply #29 on: March 31, 2017, 05:10 »
    2 stage yesterday.  Neither particularly fascinating.

    Stage 3a was a short 113km flat stage with a hairy corner with 300m to go - and a lot of tram lines and traffic furniture to contend.  The wind did blow and while the race threatened to split, most of the main GC and sprinters were in the front so it all came back together.

    Kittel hit the deck with 15km to go - and lost a fair bit of time getting a new bike.  Team mates had stayed to help him back but I (along with pretty much everyone else) wrote him off for the stage as racing was well and truly on.

    Quickstep sent most of the team back to help, and he made it back to the peloton with about 5 to go.  Made it to the front as they came to the flamme rouge - and the adrenalin carried him to the win.    Gutsy win indeed

    Stage 3b was a 14km time trial - short, technical and in windy conditions.  It was one for the powerhouses and so it proved.

    Durbridge took it out with a 1/2 second margin on an impressive Chavanel.  Kristoff and Kittel were both very good indeed - and Brandle did a good TT, but not even close to enough to take top spot on the podium from Gilbert.

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