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.
Another interesting read: results road race at the 2021 Worlds.
World Cycling Championships 2021 Flanders – road race: routes & profile
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