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Dwars door Vlaanderen welcomes world’s best
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04/02/2019

The 74th edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen, to be raced on Wednesday 3rd April, serves up a familiar mix of cobbles and Flemish hills. The Belgian race starts in Roeselare and finishes 182.8km later in Waregem. In- between, the rides tackle 11 climbs and three stretches of pavé. Notable climbs include the Nieuwe Kwaremont after 80km; the Knokteberg, covered twice; and the 500m (5.7%) Nokereberg, which is the last ascent and is crested 9km before the finish line. On paper, it could play into the hands of Philippe Gilbert (Infinito R1 shoes) or these world-class riders…

Movistar Team’s World Champion Alejandro Valverde (Infinito R1 Iride shoes and 00 Iride saddle) was building form at the recent Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, and lines up for the second successive year targeting Dwars door Vlaanderen in his build-up to the Tour of Flanders on Sunday 7th April.

Team Sky’s Luke Rowe saw a strong performance at Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem, making the elite 18-man breakaway along with a massive solo effort in the final 50km to bridge back to the leading four. Look out for the Welshman threatening the lead at Dwars door Vlaanderen.

Danny van Poppel leads the Dutch Team Jumbo-Visma off the back of a fine ride at Gent-Wevelgem. The 25-year-old will look forward to an even stronger showing at Dwars door Vlaanderen, ably supported by the likes of Timo Roosen and Amund Grondahl Jansen.

Oliver Naesen (Antares R1 saddle and Infinito R1 shoes) continued his impressive spring with second at Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem to add to his podium at Milan-Sanremo. AG2R La Mondiale’s 28-year-old Belgian will be a strong contender to mount the top step of the podium on Wednesday.

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