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.