Dwars door Vlaanderen 2017: The Route

Dwars door Vlaanderen 2017Wednesday, 22 March 2017 - At 203.3 kilometres, edition 72 of Dwars door Vlaanderen offers the familiar mix of cobbles and 'hellingen'. The last climb is crested with 10 kilometres remaining, while the last cobbles are gobbled up with 6.7 kilometres to go.

Dwars door Vlaanderen takes in twelve hills and they total 11.4 kilometres, while the route features almost 10 kilometres on cobbles. Five stretches of pavé are uphill.

The route is similar to last year’s edition with one extra hurdle in the finale. With 6.7 kilometres left an 800 metres sector of cobbles is meant to spice up the finale.

Dwars door Vlaanderen starts in Roeselare and 90 kilometres into the race the first ‘helling’ takes the shape of the Nieuwe Kwaremont. Another 20 kilometres onwards the Flemish party really get going with the cobbled climb up the Kattenberg, which continues onto a 1.5 kilometres sector of pavé. Then the cobbles near Brakel account for 1.7 kilometres, shortly followed by the short, sharp and steep climbs up the Leberg, Berendries, Valkenberg, Eikenberg, and Taaienberg.

For 16 kilometres the dust settles before the infamous duo Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg (Tour of Flanders’ final climbs) runs to the longest stretch of pavé in Dwars door Vlaanderen. After this the race continues to Vossenhol, Holstraat, while the last climb is the cobbled Nokereberg with 10 kilometres to go (check underneath slideshow for details on all the hills).

The cobbles of the Herlegemstraat are the last hurdle. Only 6.7 kilometres left to race and then we know who wins Dwars door Vlaanderen 2017.

Read also: Results/race report Dwars door Vlaanderen 2017.

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