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Dwars Door Vlaanderen 2019

Dwars door Vlaanderen is a professional cycling race which held annually in Flanders, Belgium. It is also the part of the UCI Europe tour. The event of Dwars door Vlaanderen pro usually starts in the ending days of March each year. The 74th edition of the Dwars door Vlaanderen is holding on 3rd April this year. Four days before the De Panne 3 days, the contest is the hilly Classic on the cycling calendar. The course is almost a copy of the previous edition. The first half contains a few minor changes, but the second half is completely identical. The 2019 route amounts to 180.1 kilometers and takes 12 categorized climbs. The Dwars door Vlaanderen 2019 route contains mostly cobbles surfaces and a little of flats too.

The 73rd event of Dwars door Vlaanderen was won by Yves Lampaert (Team Quick-Step Floors) while Mike Teunissen (Team Sun Web’s) took the second place.

The Route 2019

The route for the 2019 course is the same as the last year. Crosswise through Flanders, in 2019 there are twelve slopes and three cobblestone strips. The course is somewhat less heavy than last year because the race now takes place in the week before the Tour of Flanders. By picking up the sharp edges of the course, the organization still hopes to get as many world class players as possible at the start. That has been quite successful, although Peter Sagan does not show up. After the start in Roeselare, it takes 83 kilometers before the first obstacle turns up: the Kluisberg. From that moment on, it is just about every ten kilometers a hit. Via the Knokteberg, once again the Kluisberg and the Knokteberg, it goes forward to the Kortekeer, Steenbeekdries, and the Taaienberg. After the Kruisberg the Knokteberg is waiting again and by that time the final will break. In the meantime, the riders also have the cobbles of the Mariaborrestraat behind them. They are right in front of the Steekbeekdries.

Stages

1-    Kluisberg to Taaienberg (180KM) Hilly mountain-stage.

The 2019 Favorites

The 74th tour of Dwars door Vlaanderen includes some big names except Juul-Jensen. He already has 4 stage wins to his name from past years. Some number of the biggest names in the sprinting 2nd and 3rd divisions have come forward this year. Sonny Colbrelli of Bahrain Merida team will still be trying to make up for achieving 1st because he came up at the 2nd spot last year. He was already finished on the platform five times in 2017. Pascal Ackermann will be leading the charge. He completed third in the Handzame Classic last week so appears to like racing in Belgium. Although, Dwars door Vlaanderen has thrown up more than its fair share of surprises in its history. Contenders Yves Lampaert, Jens Debusscher, Jelle Wallays, Niki Terpstra (2012, 2014), Oscar Gatto and Sylvain Chavanel, did win the race before.

Other favourites are Greg Van Avermaet, Tiesj Benoot, Sep Vanmarcke, Niki Terpstra, Alexander Kristoff, Jasper Stuyven, Alejandro Valverde, Wout Van Aert, Oliver Naesen, Luke Durbridge, Gianni Moscon, Jens Debusschere, Dylan Groenewegen, Magnus Cort, Elia Viviani, Christophe Laporte, Yves Lampaert, Luke Rowe, Søren Kragh Andersen, John Degenkolb, Edward Theuns. 

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwars_door_Vlaanderen

https://www.cyclingstage.com/dwars-door-vlaanderen-2019/