On Wednesday De Brabantse Pijl will be the closing event of the Flanders Classics spring races. According to the provisional start list, we are looking forward to Cosnefroy, Stuyven, Matthews and Van Aert. The latter will be at the start for the first time in the race that is the transition between cobbled and climb races and this year is a dress rehearsal for the World Championships in September.
Few cycling fans realise that the race is actually a gigantic event that is constantly on the move. In order to keep an overview of this constantly moving caravan, Flanders Classics and GeoDynamics will also be working closely together in 2021.
From today on, cycling enthusiasts can discover the virtual world of the Proximus Cycling eSeries. Flanders Classics, title partner Proximus, META as an eSports specialist and virtual cycling platform RGT offer challenges all year round in a free and realistic cycling environment. First challenge on the programme: the Paterberg challenge.
On Wednesday 7 October, the 60th edition of De Brabantse Pijl for men is on the programme. 15 UCI WorldTeams and 10 UCI ProTeams will be looking for the successor for Van der Poel. Last year's winner will compete against the numbers 2 and 3 of 2019: world champion Alaphilippe and former winner Wellens.
The 2020 cycling calendar is completely upside down, with a particularly busy agenda in the autumn. For example, all the postponed spring races of Flanders Classics overlap with the Giro. In order not to let cycling fans choose, but above all to let them enjoy all the postponed races, Flanders Classics now decides to change the starting hours of its classics, so that the women's WorldTour races end up in an attractive time slot.
With De Brabantse Pijl (7/10), Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (11/10), the Scheldeprijs (14/10) and finally, the Tour of Flanders (18/10), there are still four Flanders Classics races on the revised cycling calendar. The organisation has decided to change the race circuit a bit from what was planned in the spring and to shorten the races in view of the busy autumn calendar that awaits the teams.
Besides the Tour of Flanders and Gent-Wevelgem, the Scheldeprijs and De Brabantse Pijl also received a new date. On the 7th of October De Brabantse Pijl is planned. The Scheldeprijs gets the 14th of October as new date, instead of Dwars door Vlaanderen.
Flanders Classics decided to also cancel De Brabantse Pijl on the planned date. This decision was taken considering the current situation and the point of view of the UCI, which indicates to cancel cycling races until the end of April.
De Brabantse Pijl traditionally ends the Flanders Classics Spring campaign. This year the race takes place on Wednesday April 15th. It’s also doubles as the start of four classical races for the climbers of the peloton. Roadworks on the traditional loop around Overijse make that the Moskesstraat is now included in the course. Will this newcomer decide who will succeed Mathieu van der Poel as winner of the 60th edition of De Brabantse Pijl?
The UCI ProSeries is a new division introduced by the International Cycling Union (UCI). Scheldeprijs and De Brabantse Pijl will be the two Flanders Classics spring races that will be included in the men's UCI ProSeries from 2020.
Mathieu van der Poel confirmed his top form in De Brabantse Pijl (Brabant Arrow). In Overijse, the Dutchman snatched the trophy from his fellow breakaways Julian Alaphilippe, Tim Wellens and Michael Matthews. Earlier this spring he had already won Dwars Door Vlaanderen (Across Flanders).
The cobblestone classics are now behind us and the time has therefore come to take on the longer climbs. Tim Wellens demonstrated his ability over this terrain last year by winning De Brabantse Pijl. Next Wednesday he will take his position on the star line in Leuven to defend his title going up against Tour of Flanders winner Bettiol, Belgian champion Lampaert and Dutch champion Van der Poel.
In 2019, Flanders Classics, in cooperation with WSC Rode Sportief, is choosing to highlight the region that served as the home of The Brabant Arrow in the past. Two local rounds will be introduced in Beersel, which has traditionally made up the DNA of this competition, including passages through Dworp-Huizingen-Lot-Beersel and three hill climbs: Bruine Put, Menisberg and Lotsestraat.
Tim Wellens could show his super legs in the Brabantse Pijl. "That top condition will not immediately disappear, so I will also play a role in the upcoming races." Tiesj Benoot is also satisfied with his form level. "And I expect to become even stronger the next days."
Tim Wellens is the successor of Sonny Colbrelli on the honors list of the Brabantse Pijl. In an emotional edition, which was dominated by the death of Michael Goolaerts, the Lotto-Soudal rider jumped away at six kilometers from the finish and arrived solo in Overijse. Tiesj Benoot completed the Lotto-Soudal party with a third place, Colbrelli finished second.