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 men’s peloton lines up on the Grote Markt of Leuven at 12.30pm for the last of the Flanders Classics Spring races of 2020. After a local lap in Leuven the official start is given for the 200-kilometre long race which includes 29 climbs. The peloton moves towards Beersel straight from the gun. After climbing Alsemberg, two local laps await including the Bruine Put, Menisberg and Lotsestraat climbs each lap. Subsequently the peloton moves towards the final in and around Overijse.
Moskesstraat as newcomer
Via the Hertstraat, Holstheide and Schavei the peloton reaches the finish line for the first time. Three local laps follow which include the Hagaard, Herstraat, Holstheide and Schavei climbs. The Ijskelderlaan is missing from the race this year due to roadworks. To keep the selective course that defines De Brabantse Pijl, the Moskesstraat is now added to the last two local laps.
This demanding cobbled climb is 500 metres long and offers a maximum gradient of 17%. The peloton faces the climb at 34 and 11 kilometres from the finish line meaning that it will undoubtedly play an important role in the final. The last time up the Moskesstraat is followed by the traditional Holstheide and Schavei climbs before the peloton reaches the finish line for the fourth and last time around 5.30pm. We will then find out who will succeed Mathieu van der Poel and shall be crowned winner of this anniversary edition.
Foto: (c) Sigfrid Eggers