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by Mark Zalewski
December 6, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Race radios, gran fondos, one-day licenses, and more: USA Cycling announces policy and operational changes for 2017; Azevedo replaces Ekimov as Katusha general manager; Laura Kenny critical of omnium format changes; Wout van Aert happy with current form, despite criticism; Dwars door Vlaanderen adding cobbles, shifting date in 2018; Lotto Soudal announces team rosters; Van Avermaet named top Flemish athlete; Dumoulin, Van der Breggen and Ligtlee nominated for Dutch awards; Aqua Blue Sport unveils team kit; Course construction underway for Cyclocross World Championships; WorldTour riders look back on Revolution Cycling Champions League in London; Teaser for Mayhem documentary.
Dwars door Vlaanderen is stepping up to WorldTour level in 2018, and along with it is a shift in its race date to the Wednesday before the Tour of Flanders. The news of the date change has ruffled the feathers of the Three Days of De Panne organisers, who have traditionally occupied that spot on the calendar.
2016 Dwars door Vlaanderen. Photo: Gruber Images
“There is no discussion about it,” said Dwars door Vlaanderen organizer Wouter Vandenhaute.
Vandenhaute said that the shorter distance of the one-day race will entice riders who are targeting De Ronde on the weekend to race Dwars door Vlaanderen as a warm-up from 2018 and on, making for an attractive field.
“A shorter race is a way to keep the same riders here longer.”
For this year’s race, the organisers are adding an 800-metre stretch of pavé to spice things up, while the rest of the course remains largely unchanged at 200km long.
Click through to read more at Het Laatste Nieuws.