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by Mark Zalewski
December 1, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Tour of Flanders route unveiled; Women’s Tour of Flanders route length increased; Strade Bianche courses unveiled; Van Avermaet recovery on-track; Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank announces 2017 Roster; Dygert extends with Twenty16-Ridebiker; SkyDive Dubai riders, staff unpaid; National Lottery sales slump could affect British Cycling funding; Bail denied for driver who fled after allegedly killing cyclist; Taxi driver shoves pro cyclist with bumper; Cyclist assualts Brisbane bus driver; Cycling ‘on’ Clif Bars; Cycling safety with Tour de Celeb’s Louie Spence.
The women’s Tour of Flanders will also include the famous Muur-Kapelmuur climb, added back into the men’s race for 2017. As well the race will be longer with a total distance of 153km, which is now allowable after the UCI recently increased the maximum distances for women’s races.
The Muur climb will come as the seventh of 12 total climbs, which is an increase from ten climbs in 2016. The longer parcours also allow for the addition of two more cobbled sections of road.
The climbing begins with the Achterberg 56 kilometres into the race, followed by the Eikenberg and Wolvenberg climbs less than 10km later. The Leberg, Berendries and Tenbosse climbs come next and then the Muur-Kapelmuur at kilometre 94.
The Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg come only 13.2km before the finish in Oudenaarde.
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