Edition 72 of Dwars door Vlaanderen – or, in English, Across Flanders – will be held on Wednesday the 22nd of March 2017. In recent years the riders left from Roeselare, while the finish has always been in Waregem. The route features a lot of famous Flemish hills, such as Paterberg and Oude Kwaroment, so the race is a perfect preparation for the Tour of Flanders. (Slideshow route/profile)
In 2017, Dwars door Vlaanderen takes World Tour status for the first time in its existence. To increase the number of possibilities in the final phases of the race the route has been changed slightly. With 8 kilometers to go the climb up the Nokereberg used to be the last difficulty in the route of Dwars voor Vlaanderen, yet the 2017 edition will see an extra cobbled sector in the route with 5 kilometres remaining.
After attacker Greg Van Avermaet was brought back with 200 metres left, Jens Debusschere took the flowers in 2016. Bryan Coquard and Dylan Theuns finished in second and in third.
Traditionally Dwars door Vlaanderen is the opening of de Flemish cycling week, with Three Days of the Panne, E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem and Tour of Flanders to conclude.
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