Flanders Classics, the organiser of the Tour of Flanders, getting into the cyclocross. Flanders Classics take the world cup over, the oldest regelmatigheidscriterium in the cyclocross race, which will have its 37th edition.
The world cup is the traditional, yearly recurring microsoft of eight veldritten in Belgium and the Netherlands. The umbrella organisation of the world cup had been hitherto in the hands of the ‘United Veldritorganisatoren’.
From the 37th edition combines the Flanders Classics, the veldritverhaal with the spring classics on the road. Etienne Gevaert, owner of the cyclocross in Gavere and driving force of the world cup, is honorary chairman of the new structure.
Also in season 2018-2019 will be at the end of the Superprestigetrofee be awarded to the most regular cyclist in the eight cyclocrossen that this regelmatigheidscriterium includes. That are just like the past few years, Casting (NL), Zonhoven, Tree, Ruddervoorde, Gavere, Diegem, Hoogstraten, and Middelkerke. Last year was the Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel, the winner for Wout van Aert and Laurens Sweeck. Sven Nys is the record holder in terms of the number of overall. Of the 36 previous editions, he was less than thirteen times, the most regular.
Wouter Vandenhaute (Flanders Classics): “We are proud that the world cup now under the same flag as the Tour of Flanders. The run away and cyclo-cross in Flanders, a rich history, and that piece of history and we try now to bring together. The cyclocross – and the season to walk with us seamlessly into each other, that has Wout Van Aert this spring has underlined his strong performance in the Omloop het Nieuwsblad. Flanders Classics is pleased that we have the confidence of Etienne Gevaert and his team for the cyclocross build.”
Honorary president Etienne Gevaert: “The Superprestige cyclo-cross is a collection of beautiful veldritten with a great historical value. The cooperation with an experienced (and reputable) company like Flanders Classics is a logical next step. This innovation will be the future of cyclo-cross help ensure. Both parties make each other stronger, and that can only have a positive impact on the future of cyclo-cross.”
Sven Nys responded on Twitter delighted at the news. “Congratulations To Wouter Vandenhaute. Let this be the step to more professionalism. #crossiscoming” was the Cannibal of Baal.