Danilith-Nokere Curonian (1.BC) on Wednesday, march 14, in his 73rd year, but got for the occasion a totally new track fitted. The starting point Deinze and the finish area on top of Nokereberg remained intact. The 191,1 kilometers between them were entirely different colored in comparison with other releases.
The go-ahead for the fourth consecutive time from Market square of Deinze. With the new course, which the organisers want their competition to have some more pigment and tension. Nokereberg is and remains, however, executioner. By the new trail was the mileage somewhat scaled down, but everything became more difficult.
After the start in Deinze barrel, a loop of 76 km, with passages on the Nokereberg and the Tiegemberg. Followed by four local laps of each 14 km. Through the Driekavenstraat in Waregem pulls it back towards Kruishoutem with the cobblestones of the Herlegemstraat and the ascent of the Stokstraat as obstacles. Once on the Nokereberg cutting the riders two laps of 29 km with a suit cobbled streets such as that of Huisedorp, the Huisepontweg and Wannegemdorp. The next edition is 191,1 kilometers long and that is ten miles less than the last edition.
With Kenny Dehaes (2014), Kris Boeckmans (2015) and Timothy Dupont (2016) Wednesday, three former winners at the start in Deinze. “Across West Flanders, I had mechanical problems, but I felt really good. Anyway, I’m relieved that the temperatures in Belgium are rising. In Le Samyn had I really suffer from the cold. In Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne fell so bad, but give me the sun,” laughs the last Belgian winner of the Danilith-Nokere Curonian, Timothy Dupont.
“After an internship is always to wait and see how the legs feel, but I bag with confidence to Deinze. I should be able to play for the win on the Nokereberg. The final of the competition is adjusted. But nine times out of ten it is yet again a sprint”, thinks Timothy Dupont.
Last year was Danilith-Nokere Curonian won by Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni. He won in the sprint of the British champion Adam Blythe and Joeri Stallaert.