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by Mark Zalewski
April 28, 2017
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The organizers of Dwars door het Hageland have altered the parcours for the second edition. While Aarschot and Diest remain the start and finish locations there will be more cobbled sections and dirt roads used. The race is set for 5 August.
The 2016 Dwars door het Hageland.
“We did not affect the character of the race and the key points,” race director Nick Nuyens told Sporza. “The historic Main Market of Aarschot and the magnificent Citadel Diest remain the ideal start and finish to our course.
“Along the course the peloton will take on 25 cobbled sections, complemented with seven slopes of the rolling asphalt roads in the Hageland. All this results in more than 25 kilometers of dirt roads and 5 kilometers cobblestones. And all with an ascent of 2,000 metres.”
Nuyens, who also is the manager of the Veranda’s Willems-Crelan ProContiental team, said the decision to alter the course was motivated by last year’s race, which saw an early break stay away all day. Niki Terpstra won the 2016 race.
“Last year the race was decided early. This year we decided to take a long initial section of ??about 90 kilometers without obstacles. This will slow the riders so that all possible scenarios are on the table for the finale. All of the critical points are now in the last 100 kilometres.”
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