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Dwars door Vlaanderen (English: Across Flanders) is a semi-classic road bicycle race in Belgium, held annually since 1945.[1] The race starts in Roeselare and finishes in Waregem, both in West Flanders. Since 2017 the event is included in the UCI World Tour.[2][3]

Dwars door Vlaanderen
2019 Dwars door Vlaanderen
DateLate March, begin April
RegionFlanders, Belgium
English nameAcross Flanders
Local name(s)Dwars door Vlaanderen ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI World Tour
TypeSemi-classic one-day race
OrganiserFlanders Classics
Web sitewww.dwarsdoorvlaanderen.be
First edition1945 (1945)
Editions74 (as of 2019)
First winner Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)
Most wins13 riders with 2 wins
Most recent Mathieu van der Poel (NED)
First edition2012 (2012)
Editions8 (as of 2019)
First winner Monique van de Ree (NED)
Most wins Amy Pieters (NED) (3 wins)
Most recent Ellen van Dijk (NED)

Held in late March, the event is part of the Flemish Cycling Week, which also includes E3 Harelbeke, Gent–Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders.[4] Traditionally Dwars door Vlaanderen was held four days after Milan–San Remo and a week and a half before the Tour of Flanders. As from 2018 the race moved up one week on the international calendar and is now contested on the Wednesday before the Tour of Flanders, Flanders' foremost cycling classic, held on Sunday.[5]

Since 2012, a women's edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen is held on the same day as the men's race, starting and finishing on the same location, of approximately 130 kilometres distance. Both events are organized by Flanders Classics. In addition the Grand Prix de Waregem was formerly regarded as the Under 23 version of the race.[6]

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HistoryEdit

Dwars door BelgiëEdit

The race was first run in 1945 from Sint-Truiden to Waregem and was named Dwars door België (English: Across Belgium) – a name it kept until 1999. Belgian cycling icon Rik Van Steenbergen won the inaugural race. From 1946 to 1964 the event was run as a stage race over two days – with the exception of 1948. The first stage started in Waregem and finished in the eastern Belgian provinces of Limburg or Liège; from which it returned to Waregem the next day. In 1948 and since 1965, it has been held as a one-day race. One edition, in 1971, was cancelled.

Held in late March, the event traditionally marked the start of the Flemish Cycling Week, which also includes E3 Harelbeke, Gent–Wevelgem,[7] the Three Days of De Panne,[8] and the Tour of Flanders.[4] Dwars door Vlaanderen was contested mid-week, four days after Italy's monument race Milan–San Remo and a week and a half before the Tour of Flanders.

World Tour raceEdit

In 2000 the event was renamed Dwars door Vlaanderen and Roeselare became the new starting place. The race was included in the inaugural UCI Europe Tour in 2005, classified as a UCI 1.1 event, and from 2013 to 2016 as a 1.HC race. The 2016 edition nearly had to be cancelled as it was scheduled one day after the 2016 Brussels bombings, causing security alert to be raised to the highest level in all of Belgium.[9] On the evening of the event, organizers decided to continue as planned and the Belgian authorities gave clearance on the day of the race. The race was won by Jens Debusschere.[10]

The 2017 edition was promoted to the UCI World Tour, cycling's highest tier of professional races.[2] In 2018 Dwars door Vlaanderen was moved one week later on the calendar, from a position mid-week after Milan–San Remo to the Wednesday before the Tour of Flanders. At the same time the course was scaled down from 200 km to 180 km in length, and the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg climbs were cut from the race.[11]

RouteEdit

Dwars door Vlaanderen is one of several cobbled races in Flanders during Spring classics season. The race starts in Roeselare and finishes in Waregem, for a total distance of ca. 180 km. The bulk of the course is set in the hilly Flemish Ardennes.

 
Since 2018 the Côte de Trieu in Mont-de-l'Enclus features three times in Dwars door Vlaanderen. The third ascent comes as one of the last climbs in the race, at 33 km from the finish, acting as a decisive launchpad.

The first 80 km in West Flanders are mainly flat, after which the course becomes more selective with a dozen climbs in the hill zone in East Flanders. Despite annual changes, some of the regular climbs in the race are the Taaienberg, Kruisberg and Côte de Trieu.[12] The top of the last climb, Nokereberg, comes at 11 km from the finish. Additionally, there are several flat stretches of cobbles. Due to its hilly course in the Flemish Ardennes, the race is similar in nature to the Tour of Flanders, and is often used in preparation for the bigger event four days later.

Climbs and cobbled sections in the 2018 Dwars door Vlaanderen[13]
No. Name Distance from Surface Length
(metres)
Gradient (%)
Start
(km)
Finish
(km)
(ave.) (max.)
1 Kluisberg 82.6 97.5 asphalt 1000 6.8% 16%
2 Côte de Trieu 90.0 90.1 asphalt 1900 4.9% 11.8%
3 Kluisberg 107.3 72.8 asphalt 1000 6.8% 16%
4 Côte de Trieu 114.8 65.3 asphalt 1900 4.9% 11.8%
5 Kortekeer 122.4 57.7 asphalt 900 6.5% 9.8%
Mariaborrestraat 124.5 55.6 cobbles 2400
6 Steenbeekdries 125.7 54.4 cobbles 600 4.5% 8%
7 Taaienberg 128.2 51.9 cobbles 530 6.6% 15.8%
8 Kruisberg 138.3 41.8 cobbles 1800 4.8% 9%
9 Côte de Trieu 147.0 33.1 asphalt 1900 4.9% 11.8%
Varentstraat 154.4 25.7 cobbles 2000
10 Tiegemberg 159.2 20.9 asphalt 1400 6.5% 9%
11 Holstraat 163.6 16.5 asphalt 1000 5.2% 12%
12 Nokereberg 171.1 9.0 cobbles 500 5.7% 6.7%
Herlegemstraat 173.9 6.2 cobbles 800

WinnersEdit

Rider Team
1945   Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL) Mercier-Hutchinson
1946   Maurice Desimpelaere (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1947   Albert Sercu (BEL) Bertin-Wolber
1948   André Rosseel (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1949   Raymond Impanis (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1950   André Rosseel (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1951   Raymond Impanis (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1952   André Maelbrancke (BEL) Peugeot-Dunlop
1953   Briek Schotte (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1954   Germain Derycke (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1955   Briek Schotte (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1956   Lucien Demunster (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot
1957   Noël Foré (BEL) Groene Leeuw
1958   André Vlayen (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot-Marvan
1959   Roger Baens (BEL) Peugeot-BP-Dunlop
1960   Arthur Decabooter (BEL) Groene Leeuw
1961   Maurice Meuleman (BEL) Wiel's–Flandria
1962   Martin Van Geneugden (BEL) Flandria–Faema–Clément
1963   Clément Roman (BEL) Faema-Flandria
1964   Piet van Est (NED) Televizier
1965   Alfons Hermans (BEL) Lamot-Libertas
1966   Walter Godefroot (BEL) Wiel's-Groene Leeuw
1967   Daniël Vanryckeghem (BEL) Mann-Grundig
1968   Walter Godefroot (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck
1969   Eric Leman (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck–Krüger
1970   Daniël Vanryckeghem (BEL) Mann-Grundig
1971 No race
1972   Marc Demeyer (BEL) Beaulieu–Flandria
1973   Roger Loysch (BEL) Watney-Maes
1974   Louis Verreydt (BEL) IJsboerke-Colner
1975   Cees Priem (NED) Frisol-G.B.C.
1976   Willy Planckaert (BEL) Maes-Rokado
1977   Walter Planckaert (BEL) Maes-Mini Flat
1978   Jos Schipper (NED) Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
1979   Gustaaf Van Roosbroeck (BEL) IJsboerke-Warncke
1980   Johan van der Meer (NED) HB Alarmsystemen
1981   Frank Hoste (BEL) TI–Raleigh–Creda
1982   Jan Raas (NED) TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo
1983   Etienne De Wilde (BEL) La Redoute-Motobécane
1984   Walter Planckaert (BEL) Panasonic–Raleigh
1985   Eddy Planckaert (BEL) Panasonic–Raleigh
1986   Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) Panasonic–Merckx–Agu
1987   Jelle Nijdam (NED) Superconfex–Kwantum–Yoko–Colnago
1988   John Talen (NED) Panasonic–Isostar–Colnago–Agu
1989   Dirk De Wolf (BEL) Hitachi
1990   Edwig Van Hooydonck (BEL) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1991   Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1992   Olaf Ludwig (GER) Panasonic–Sportlife
1993   Johan Museeuw (BEL) GB–MG Maglificio
1994   Carlo Bomans (BEL) GB–MG Maglificio
1995   Jelle Nijdam (NED) TVM–Polis Direct
1996   Tristan Hoffman (NED) TVM–Farm Frites
1997   Andrei Tchmil (UKR) Lotto–Mobistar–Isoglass
1998   Tom Steels (BEL) Mapei–Bricobi
1999   Johan Museeuw (BEL) Mapei–Quick-Step
2000   Tristan Hoffman (NED) Memory Card–Jack & Jones
2001   Niko Eeckhout (BEL) Lotto–Adecco
2002   Baden Cooke (AUS) Française des Jeux
2003   Robbie McEwen (AUS) Lotto–Domo
2004   Ludovic Capelle (BEL) Landbouwkrediet–Colnago
2005   Niko Eeckhout (BEL) Chocolade Jacques–T Interim
2006   Frederik Veuchelen (BEL) Chocolade Jacques–Topsport Vlaanderen
2007   Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick-Step–Innergetic
2008   Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Cofidis
2009   Kevin Van Impe (BEL) Quick-Step
2010   Matti Breschel (DEN) Team Saxo Bank
2011   Nick Nuyens (BEL) Saxo Bank–SunGard
2012   Niki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2013   Oscar Gatto (ITA) Vini Fantini–Selle Italia
2014   Niki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015   Jelle Wallays (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise
2016   Jens Debusschere (BEL) Lotto–Soudal
2017   Yves Lampaert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors
2018   Yves Lampaert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors
2019   Mathieu van der Poel (NED) Corendon–Circus

Source: www.dwarsdoorvlaanderen.be[14]

Multiple winnersEdit

Riders in italics are active

Wins Rider Editions
2   André Rosseel (BEL) 1948, 1950
  Raymond Impanis (BEL) 1949, 1951
  Briek Schotte (BEL) 1953, 1955
  Walter Godefroot (BEL) 1966, 1968
  Daniel Van Ryckeghem (BEL) 1967, 1970
  Walter Planckaert (BEL) 1977, 1984
  Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) 1986, 1991
  Jelle Nijdam (NED) 1987, 1995
  Johan Museeuw (BEL) 1993, 1999
  Tristan Hoffman (NED) 1996, 2000
  Niko Eeckhout (BEL) 2001, 2005
  Niki Terpstra (NED) 2012, 2014
  Yves Lampaert (BEL) 2017, 2018

Wins per countryEdit

Wins Country
54   Belgium
13   Netherlands
2   Australia
1   Denmark
  France
  Germany
  Italy
  Ukraine

Women's race winnersEdit

Rider Team
2012   Monique van de Ree (NED) Skil 1t4i
2013   Kirsten Wild (NED) Argos–Shimano
2014   Amy Pieters (NED) Giant–Shimano
2015   Amy Pieters (NED) Team Liv–Plantur
2016   Amy Pieters (NED) Wiggle High5
2017   Lotta Lepistö (FIN) Cervélo–Bigla Pro Cycling
2018   Ellen van Dijk (NED) Team Sunweb
2019   Ellen van Dijk (NED) Trek–Segafredo

Multiple winnersEdit

Riders in italics are active

Wins Rider Editions
3   Amy Pieters (NED) 2014, 2015, 2016
2   Ellen van Dijk (NED) 2018, 2019

Wins per countryEdit

Wins Country
7   Netherlands
1   Finland

ReferencesEdit

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