The Three-day Bruges – De Panne will this year take a complete new start. The organization has come up with a new concept that will result in two days topkoers. On Thursday 22 march to be world champion Chantal Blaak and Jolien D’hoore of the eye-catchers among the women. A day earlier, driving the men between Bruges and De Panne. The West-Flemish price allowed five teams from the WorldTour welcome.
The shifts on the international cycling calendar, made clear that there is no more place was for a three-day stage race in the Flemish spring. And so did the organization’s challenge to go to look for a new concept. The worthy and innovative program of the Three-day Bruges – De Panne 2018 consists of a one day race out of category (UCI 1.HC) for the men on Wednesday 21 march and a one day race for women on Thursday march 22.
This new ladies tournament is thanks to the WorldTour status immediately a course of the highest level. In this way organisers Golazo sports and KVC Panne Sportief contribute to the development of the vrouwenwielrennen.
Three-day stays, three-day
It is the intention of the mannenwedstrijd in the future to upgrade to a WorldTour race. The name of the game will not change. The Three-day event is an understanding at every cycle and known wants the organization to keep. Furthermore, the organization not from that contest, next year again to three days, in any form whatsoever.
The renewed Three-day start in Bruges and finish in De Panne and remain aware of road from the Flemish Ardennes, this to course a very own face. The Three-day event continues on West-Flemish territory with the wind, cobbles, sand dunes and the Nuts as well-known characteristic elements. There awaits the peloton, with the Kemmelberg only one ascent.
Belgian and international top talents
The Three-day ‘new look’ can count on a very strong field. With Quick-Step Floors (Dries Devenyns), Lotto Soudal’s André Greipel), Team Katusha-Alpecin (probably Marcel Kittel), Mitchelton-Scott (Mathew Hayman) and Bora-Hansgrohe (Luke Postlberger) appear five WorldTour teams at the start in Bruges. In addition, with Veranda’s Willems-Crelan (Wout Van Aert), Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Timothy Dupont), Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise and WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic all Belgian Pro Continental teams part. Also the Dutch Roompot-Dutch Lottery and the French teams Cofidis (possibly with Nacer Bouhanni), and Vital Concept (Bryan Coquard) signs present.
The women there will be 24 teams from 12 countries from the start. All 15 teams in the UCI WorldTour, in Astana after. With Lotto Soudal Ladies, Doltcini-Van Eyck Sports, Experza-Footlogix and Health Degree-Cyclive Team of four Belgian teams at the start in De Panne. Belgian national champion Jolien D’hoore, for the Australian Michelton-Scott drive, belongs with its fast legs, to the absolute favourites. Also Lotte Kopecky and Ann-Sophie Duyck will for own people, want to show. International crackers on the list of participants are the Dutch world champion Chantal Blaak, her compatriot and olympic champion Anna Van der Breggen, the American Coryn Rivera, the British Elizabeth Deignan, the Finnish Lotta Lepistö and Australian Chloe Hosking.