The riders clip into their pedals on the Grote Markt in Antwerp and after a flat run-up the riders enter the first of two circuit. The so called Leuven-circuit is 15.5 kilometres and snakes around Jasper Stuyven’s birth place, Leuven. The lap features four climbs.
After 1.5 times the Leuven-circuit the riders continue onto the Flandrien-circuit. Which is 32 kilometres and includes six climbs. Moskestraat is one them. The 550 metres climb at 8.9% is cobbled and peaks out at 17% just before the top. It’s a staple climb at the Brabantse Pijl, a race that was won by Tom Pidcock this spring.
The route returns to the Leuven-circuit and after another run at the Flandrien-circuit the race concludes with 2.5 runs around Leuven. The four uphill kicks in the finale are the Keizersberg, Decouxlaan, Wijnpers and Sint-Antoniusberg. The latter is a 200 metres ramp at 6% on a narrow road with tiles and cobbles. The home straight lies approximately 1 kilometres up the road on the false flat of Geldenaaksevest.
The road race at the 2021 World Cycling Championships starts at 10.25 and the race is expected to finisht around 17.00 – both are local times (CEST).
World Cycling Championships 2021 Flanders – road race: routes & profile
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