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by Mark Zalewski
March 25, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet sprints Gilbert to win Flanders warm-up in Harelbeke; Valverde wins Catalunya queen stage, takes lead; Skujinš wins Coppi e Bartali stage, takes over lead; Multiple crashes in E3 Harelbeke; Owain Doull says current Sky riders should not be rolled into doping controversy; Patrick Lefevere ‘Founder of Gent-Wevelgem turning in his grave’; Sean Kelly on how to reform cycling; Women’s E3 Harelbeke in 2018?; Two SEG Racing Academy riders sidelined with injuries; Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic will run in 2017; Irish company turns to crowdfunding to broadcast domestic events; Video: Dr. Mitch Anderson’s 12hr World Record.
There could be a women’s edition of E3 Harelbeke in 2018, joining other events that have added a parallel women’s race to their events, such as Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders.
Ann-sophie Duyck is leading the charge for a women’s event in 2018.
“We are looking at what is feasible, but we want to be on the calendar next year. It would be before the men arrive. We are taking the planning very serious” said Marc Claerhout, manager of E3 Harelbeke.
Multiple Belgian national champion Ann-Sophie Duyck (Drops) has been pressing the organisers for the addition.
“On the same day as them men is obviously a must,” she said.
“It is proven that the women’s races have been generating more media attention in recent years which is tremendous progress. Hopefully we can take this positive performance in women’s cycling now by pulling in Harelbeke.”
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