After a race with no fewer than 22 hills, a front group of 6 sprinted for victory. Millimetres decided on the winner and losers of the day. In the end it was American champion Winder who won the race, ahead of Vollering and Balsamo.
Wednesday a new edition of De Brabantse Pijl is scheduled. On the provisional list of participants, European champion Annemiek van Vleuten and Chantal van den Broek-Blaak are the ones to keep your eyes on. Both will be looking for their first victory in the classic that traditionally is the transition between the cobbled and climb races. Moreover, this year's De Brabantse Pijl is almost a dress rehearsal for the 2021 UCI Road World Championships.
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.
With the start in Lennik, finish in Overijse and no less than 20 climbs along the way, this year the women had a new and tough course to tackle. Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) went solo in the final and stayed in front of the Team Sunweb duo Lippert and Mackaij.
The Brabantse Pijl for women is undergoing a major change. The participants on this provisional list have a particularly tough course with no less than 20 slopes to conquer. The 23 teams will start in Lennik and for the first time also finish in Overijse.
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 Scheldeprijs and 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.
The elite women are offered a completely revamped course of De Brabantse Pijl on April 15th. Their start and finish move to Lennik and Overijse respectively. For the first time in the history of De Brabantse Pijl both men and women will battle it out for the win on the local loop through the Druivenstreek and finish on the Brusselsesteenweg. Who shall come out on top on this challenging course which includes no less than 20 climbs?
Flanders Classics and KPMG Belgium have announced their new collaboration in women’s cycling today. Flanders Classics, renowned for its one day races, and the international provider of audit and consultancy services will work together to improve the overall level of the organizer’s women’s cycling races.
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.
The Italian Marta Bastianelli has given her spring even more shine with a victory in The Brabantse Pijl for Elite Women. After her victory in Gent-Wevelgem, it was the second victory for the rider of Alé Cipollini in the Flanders Classics spring races. In the sprint she beat the Canadian Leah Kirchmann (Sunweb) and Marianne Vos (WaowDeals).
This year Flanders Classics transforms the Pajot Hills Classic into the Brabantse Pijl Women Elite. On Wednesday April 11th 2018, the women will ride their first Brabantse Pijl consisting of 136.8 km in the heart of the Payottenland. With the Bosberg, the Congoberg and two tough cobble sections, it will definitely be an exciting cycling spectacle. Who will succeed the Australian Annette Edmondson and become the new ‘Flandrienne’?