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by Mark Zalewski
June 18, 2016
Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Tejay van Garderen bounces back with Suisse stage win, Barguil takes lead; Taaramäe takes over at Tour de Slovenie; Groenewegen makes it a Dutch hat trick at SterZLM Tour; Armitstead wins stage 3 and takes the lead in the Aviva Women’s Tour; Coquard doubles wins as Quintana assumes lead at Route du Sud; Simon Yates handed four-month suspension, back racing in July; Yates confirms he won’t appeal sanction: “I’m very embarrassed about the situation.”; The Muur van Geraardsbergen returns to the Tour of Flanders in 2017; Behind the Wheel: Peter Sagan’s 1970 Dodge Charger; Spain anti-doping head believes Puerto investigation can still move forward; Sarah Storey going to seventh Paralympics; On-bike highlights from Tour de Suisse, stage 6; Behind the scenes with LottoNL-Jumbo mechanics
After a five-year absence, the Muur van Geraardsbergen will return to the Tour of Flanders in 2017.
The famous cobbled climb, so long a defining feature of Belgium’s biggest one-day race, has been absent from ‘De Ronde’ since 2011 but it set to make its return in next year’s edition.
“Everyone on the Flanders Classics team worked hard over the past few years for a return of the Muur to the route,’ said Race Director Wim van Herreweghe. “This updated route is a complete package; it brings the very best of more than a century of the Tour of Flanders together in a single monumental race.”
In addition to the Muur’s return, race organiser Flanders Classics today announced that the race start would be moved from Brugge to Antwerp, the former having hosted the start since 1998.
“Antwerp is a city with national and international flair, which has really profiled itself as a cycling city, and a sports city by extension”, said Race Director Wim van Herreweghe. “Antwerp combines hip ambiance with gorgeous historical surroundings, something the Tour of Flanders has no trouble identifying with.”
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