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by Mark Zalewski
December 10, 2016
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The Across West Flanders-Johan Museeuw Classic will replace the defunct three-day stage race Dwars door West-Vlaanderen. The former race, which began in 1945 as a one-day race before expanding to two in 1999 and then three days in 2003, is going back to its original format due to the amount of work a mutli-day event poses.
The Kemmelberg will feature in the race.
“It’s not because of the financial aspect, but purely for organizational reasons,” said organiser Rik Goethals. “The burden and worries of a three-day stage race weighed too heavily upon us, a not very large committee. Therefore, we decided to switch to a one-day course over a distance of some 203 kilometres.”
The race will join with the Napoleon Games Cycling Cup series, which consisted of ten races in 2016.
“After a positive and constructive mutual discussion, both parties arrived quite quickly at an agreement. Across West Flanders will join the project, which will be broadcast on VTM.”
“The start remains in the coastal town of Newport. From there we take a loop through Middelkerke and Gistel, a nod to the ‘godfather’ of our course, Johan Museeuw. Then it goes to Ypres and onto the slopes of Goeberg, Rodeberg, Monteberg, Kemmelberg and Scherpenberg. From Poperinge we head to Ichtegem, where after 151 kilometres there will be four local laps of 13 kilometres, with each containing two cobble zones and the passage up the Keiberg.”
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