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by Matt de Neef
November 13, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jai Hindley takes overall honours at the Tour of Fuzhou; Van Aert and Van Looy win at Superprestige Gavere; Brown, Champtaloup win at the Tour of Margaret River; Gianni Moscon breaks wrist in gym accident; Dirt roads return to Gent-Wevelgem in 2018; Dani Moreno to join EF Education First-Drapac; Former mechanic defends Cancellara against motor doping claims; 60-year-old cops doping ban, blames wife for spiking drink; Luke Rowe’s road to recovery; Highlights from the Urban Cycling World Championships.
They were a feature of the 2017 men’s Gent-Wevelgem, and now the dirt roads (or ‘Plugstreets’) of Belgium are set to make a return to the spring event while also appearing in the women’s and U23 races in 2018.
The dirt roads were added to the men’s Gent-Wevelgem this year in tribute to the fallen soldiers of World War I. The streets took the riders past the graves of those who died in battle.
The course for the 2018 men’s event will remain largely unchanged, with the final 160km staying as it was in 2017.