Dwars door Vlaanderen Preview (WE 1.1)

International women’s cycling heads back to Belgium after a nearly three-week hiatus with the sixth edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen. The one-day race organised by Flanders Classics that starts in Tielt and finishes in Waregem has been promoted to UCI WE 1.1 status, after being nationally ranked during the previous five editions of the race.

Dutch rider Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) is the record-holder of the race with three victories, having won the last three editions of the race. However, in this occasion Pieters won’t take place in the race.

Parcours

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, local time from 13:00 pm utill 15:45 pm approx (UTC+1)

Route 114.4km: Tielt – Waregem
The course remains partly unchanged from the 2016 edition with five hills (Oude Kwaremont, Paterberg, Vossenhol, Holstraat and Nokereberg) and two cobbled sections (Varentstraat and Herlegemstraat). Riders will have to cover the 114 kilometre course beginning in Tielt and finishing in Waregem, in which the main difficulties are gathered during the final section of the race. The key segment of the race will be from the Oude Kwaremont (at 78.6km mark) until the Herlegemstraat cobbled section (at 107.7 km mark), as it will likely split the main group and cause important front selection, putting some quick finishers into difficulty. Thus, a demanding course that together with wind blowing from the South will make the race slightly tougher than the previous editions, which will likely end with a reduced bunch sprint.

Favourites & Outsiders

EstrellaEstrellaEstrella  [ITA] Lotta Lepistö,  [AUS] Chloe Hosking, [BEL] Jolien D’hoore, [HOL] Lucinda Brand
EstrellaEstrella  [ITA] Barbara Guarischi, [ITA] Sheyla Gutiérrez, [BEL] Lotte Kopecky,  [AUS] Gracie Elvin,  [ITA] Marta Bastianelli
Estrella  [HOL] Floortje Mackaij, [HOL] Jip Van Den Bos, [ITA] Maria Giulia Confalonieri, [BEL] Kelly Druyts, [HOL] Nina Kessler, [POL] Eugenia Bujak, [HOL] Thalita de Jong

Betting area

Our favourite: [AUS] Chloe Hosking

Our outsider: [ITA] Maria Giulia Confalonieri

Participants

Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance) will be our only Spanish representatives at the 2017 edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen.

Startlist

Previous edition

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Dutch rider Amy Pieters (Wiggle-High5) won the previous edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen, claiming her third victory in at row at the Belgian one-day race. Her teammate Jolien D’hoore and British rider Eileen Roe (Lares-Waowdeals) completed the podium, finishing second and third respectively at the final bunch sprint.

Results

1
Amy Pieters
Wiggle-High5
2h39’35”
2
[BEL]
Jolien D’hoore
Wiggle-High5
st
3
[GBR]
Eileen Roe
Lares Waowdeals
st
4
Floortje Mackaj
Mixed Liv-Plantur
st
5
Anouk Rijff
Lotto Soudal
st
6
[BEL]
Annelies Dom
Lensworld-Zannata
st
7
[AUS]
Kimberley Wells
Australian National Team
st
8
[BEL]
Lotte Kopecky
Lotto Soudal
st
9
[BEL]
Kelly Druyts
Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx
st
10
Camila Møllebro
BMS Birn
st

How to follow the race

Dwars door Vlaanderen won’t be streamed live.

Official App

Flanders Classics

Social media

Twitter

A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:

Facebook

A few Facebook accounts:

Sources

Official website
Women Cycling Fever

Written by:
Diego Martín

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