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The Three Days of De Panne or Three Days of Bruges–De Panne (Dutch: Driedaagse Brugge–De Panne) is a road cycling race in Belgium in late March. Since 2018 it is raced over two days with a men's race on Wednesday and a women's race on Thursday.[1] Both races start in Bruges and finish in the seaside resort of De Panne.[2]

Three Days of De Panne
Driedaagse Brugge–De Panne logo.jpg
DateLate March
RegionWest Flanders, Belgium
English nameThree Days of Bruges–De Panne
Local name(s)Driedaagse Brugge–De Panne (in Dutch)
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour (men)
UCI World Tour (women)
TypeThree day stage-race (until 2017)
Single-day race (for men & women, since 2018)
OrganiserKVC Panne Sportief
Race directorBernard Vandekerckhove
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First edition1977 (1977)
Editions43 (as of 2019)
First winner Roger Rosiers (BEL)
Most wins Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) (5 times)
Most recent Dylan Groenewegen (NED)
First edition2018 (2018)
First winner Jolien D'Hoore (BEL)
Most recent Kirsten Wild (NED)

The women's event is included in the UCI Women's World Tour; the men's race is part of the UCI Europe Tour as a 1.HC event, but will be promoted to the UCI World Tour as a 1.WT event in 2019.[3]


Three Days of De PanneEdit

The Three Days of De Panne was created in 1977 as a three-day cycling event in the week leading up to the Tour of Flanders, in late March or early April. The first day was usually a hilly stage starting in De Panne and finishing in the Flemish Ardennes. The second day held a long flat stage back to the Flemish coast, with a finish in Koksijde. The third day consisted of two stages that both started and finished in De Panne, of which the final stage was an individual time trial. Raced from Tuesday to Thursday, it was the last Flemish race ahead of the Tour of Flanders and was considered a desirable preparation for the main event on Sunday. Eric Vanderaerden, a strong sprinter and time triallist, won the race five times in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Three Days of Bruges–De PanneEdit

Since 2018, the Three Days of De Panne is raced under a new format following a calendar switch with Dwars door Vlaanderen.[1][N 1] The race comes one week earlier, in the week following Milan–San Remo, and the men's event has morphed into a one-day race on Wednesday.[4] The Flemish Ardennes roads and the concluding time trial were abandoned in favour of a route entirely in the province of West-Flanders. The iconic Kemmelberg and several cobbled sectors have a more prominent part in the new course.[5]

In order to continue the multi-day format, a women's event was inaugurated on the day after the men's race.[N 2] Both races start in Bruges and have two finishing circuits in and around De Panne. The women's race is part of the UCI Women's World Tour, cycling's top tier professional competition.[6][7] Jolien D'Hoore won the first running of the women's Three Days in a sprint.[8]


Men's raceEdit

Eric Vanderaerden (pictured at the 1993 Tour de France) won the Three Days of De Panne five times, relying on strong sprint and time trialling abilities.
Rider Team
1977   Roger Rosiers (BEL) Frisol-Thirion-Gazelle
1978   Guido Van Sweevelt (BEL) IJsboerke-Gios
1979   Gustave Van Roosbroeck (BEL) IJsboerke-Warncke
1980   Sean Kelly (IRL) Splendor-Admiral
1981   Jan Bogaert (BEL) Vermeer Thijs
1982   Gerrie Knetemann (NED) TI–Raleigh
1983   Cees Priem (NED) TI–Raleigh
1984   Bert Oosterbosch (NED) Panasonic
1985   Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (BEL) La Redoute
1986   Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) Panasonic
1987   Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) Panasonic-Isostar
1988   Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) Panasonic-Isostar
1989   Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) Panasonic-Isostar
1990   Erwin Nijboer (NED) Stuttgart
1991   Jelle Nijdam (NED) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1992   Frans Maassen (NED) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1993   Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) WordPerfect–Colnago–Decca
1994   Fabio Roscioli (ITA) Brescialat–Ceramiche Refin
1995   Michele Bartoli (ITA) Mercatone Uno–Saeco
1996   Viatcheslav Ekimov (RUS) Rabobank
1997   Johan Museeuw (BEL) Mapei-GB
1998   Michele Bartoli (ITA) Asics-C.G.A.
1999   Peter Van Petegem (BEL) TVM-Farm Frites
2000   Viatcheslav Ekimov (RUS) U.S. Postal Service
2001   Nico Mattan (BEL) Cofidis
2002   Peter Van Petegem (BEL) Lotto–Adecco
2003   Raivis Belohvoščiks (LAT) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf
2004   George Hincapie (USA) U.S. Postal Service
2005   Stijn Devolder (BEL) Discovery Channel
2006   Leif Hoste (BEL) Discovery Channel
2007   Alessandro Ballan (ITA) Lampre–Fondital
2008   Joost Posthuma (NED) Rabobank
2009   Frederik Willems (BEL) Liquigas
2010   David Millar (GBR) Garmin–Transitions
2011   Sébastien Rosseler (BEL) Team RadioShack
2012   Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2013   Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2014   Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015   Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha
2016   Lieuwe Westra (NED) Astana
2017   Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors
2018   Elia Viviani (ITA) Quick-Step Floors
2019   Dylan Groenewegen (NED) Team Jumbo–Visma

Multiple winnersEdit

Wins Rider Editions
5   Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993
2   Michele Bartoli (ITA) 1995, 1998
  Viatcheslav Ekimov (RUS) 1996, 2000
  Peter Van Petegem (BEL) 1999, 2002
  Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) 2012, 2013

Wins per countryEdit

Wins Country
20   Belgium
9   Netherlands
5   Italy
2   France
1   Ireland
  United Kingdom
  United States

Women's raceEdit

Rider Team
2018   Jolien D'Hoore (BEL) Mitchelton–Scott
2019   Kirsten Wild (NED) WNT–Rotor Pro Cycling


  1. ^ Flanders Classics, organizer of Dwars door Vlaanderen, lobbied with UCI and was granted the date formerly held by the Three Days of De Panne. The organizers of the Three Days were granted the slot held by Dwars door Vlaanderen, but chose to shorten their race, as the next Flemish classic, E3 Harelbeke, is raced on a Friday.
  2. ^ Initially the Three Days organizers had another three-day concept in mind, with a two-day contest for men and one day for women. The event would kick off with a sprinters challenge on Tuesday, but this idea was abandoned due to a lack of teams' interest. However, organizers intend to return to a three-day format in the future.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Driedaagse De Panne wordt dit jaar een tweedaagse" [Three-day De Panne will be a two-day event this year]. Sporza (in Dutch). Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  2. ^ Coorevits, Hugo. "3 zaken om naar uit te kijken in nieuwe Driedaagse: kasseien, wind én hellingen" [3 things to look forward to in the new Three Days: cobblestones, wind and hills]. Sportwereld (in Dutch). Mediahuis. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Salary cap still an option as part of 2020 WorldTour reforms |". Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  4. ^ "Les Trois jours de Bruges-La Panne sur une journée ce mercredi". Le Soir (in French). Rossel & Cie. S.A. Retrieved 21 March 2018. The three days of Bruges-De Panne in one day on Wednesday
  5. ^ Plouvin, Antoine. "Les 3 Jours de Bruges – La Panne: Le parcours et les 12 premières équipes dévoilés". (in French). Retrieved 21 March 2018. The 3 Days of Bruges - De Panne: The course and the first 12 teams unveiled
  6. ^ "Ryan looks for Women's WorldTour win at Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde". Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Siggaard to lead Team Virtu Cycling at Driesdaagse de Panne-Koksijde". Immediate Media Company. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  8. ^ Knöfler, Lukas. "D'hoore unaware she was sprinting for Driedaagse De Panne victory". Cyclingnews. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 15 April 2018.

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