Dwars door Vlaanderen – the Pavés awaits!

On Wednesday ( 3 April) the mid-week cobbled classic Dwars door Vlaanderen kicks off, a race many riders will use as a warm up for Sundays much anticipated Tour of Flanders. Yes we are super excited for that one as well!
This semi-classic road race is a grueling 182.8km through West Flanders filled with Flemish hills, dishing up one climb after another on long stretches of Pavés, the French word for cobblestones . The race has been held annually since 1945 and starts in Roeselare and finishes in Waregem. Since 2017 the event is included in the UCI World Tour.

 

Tony Martin led a small group off the front – 2018 Dwars door Vlaanderen. Photo: Tim De Waele/Getty Images

 

Alejandro Valverde looked comfortable racing and attacking in the nasty conditions during the 2018 Dwars door Vlaanderen. Photo: Tim De Waele/Getty Images
Our Dwars door Vlaanderen favourites are: the reigning two-time champion Yves Lampaert , Edvald Boasson Hagen, Philippe Gilbert, Alexander Kristoff
(hot off his Gent-Wevelgem win this past Sunday) and Alejandro Valverde who is aiming to take the Tour of Flanders win on Sunday. We are also eager to see what  Dutch road race champion Mathieu van der Poel pulls off after his impressive World Tour debut at Gent-Wevelgem where he finished fourth.
Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields 2019 – 81st Edition – Deinze – Wevelgem 251.5 km – 31/03/2019 – Alexander Kristoff (NOR – UAE – Team Emirates) – John Degenkolb (GER – Trek – Segafredo) – photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2018
And the weather? Showers are predicted which should make watching this race exciting, not so good for the riders though.