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E3 BinckBank Classic - March 29, 2019

The race known as E3 Harelbeke has officially changed its name after finding a new, Dutch sponsor. The course doesn't change much. It still starts and finishes in Harelbeke. Only the Wolvenberg and the Eikenberg are out because of road works. A lot will be revealed about the shape of the contenders for next week's Ronde van Vlaanderen, but the race is a classic in itself with a lot of big winners. Bring on the cobblestones and the Flemish hills!



Climbs:

1. Katteberg (176 km)
2. La Houppe (111 km)
3. Oude Kruisberg (96 km)
4. Knokteberg (87 km)
5. Hotondberg (83 km)
6. Kortekeer (76 km)
7. Taaienberg (72 km)
8. Boigneberg (65 km)
9. Stationsberg (56 km)
10. Kapelberg (46 km)
11. Paterberg (41 km)
12. Oude Kwaremont (37 km)
13. Karnemelkbeekstraat (29 km)
14. Tiegemberg (19 km)

Recent winners:
2009: Filippo Pozzato
2010: Fabian Cancellara
2011: Fabian Cancellara
2012: Tom Boonen
2013: Fabian Cancellara
2014: Peter Sagan
2015: Geraint Thomas
2016: Michal Kwiatkowski
2017: Greg van Avermaet
2018: Niki Terpstra
 
DQSt might dominate again with Lampaert, Gilbert, Jungels and Stybar. Other contenders are last year's winner Niki Terpstra, Sagan, Van Avermaet, Naesen, Van Aert and Trentin. It will be a test for Vanmarcke, Benoot, Roelandts, Stuyven, Kristoff, Boasson Hagen, Démare, Moscon, Colbrelli and Ballerini.
 
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I hate the fact I am not able to watch this race. I would rather skip Gent Wevelgem but what can I do? :sad:

Anyway I have a feeling that Terpstra not beeing a stepper anymore will change the dynamic of the race completely, because I honestly think he was best QS cobble rider last season. DQS will not be smashing competition tomorrow. I hope decent help for Sagan and really hope for decent cooperation of big guns against DQS because I can throw my post to the bin completely :lol:
 

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Hope Greg can show that his Poggio absence was just a bump in the road.
Would be glad for Naesen if he can win his first important cobbled race.
 
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Keram said:
I hate the fact I am not able to watch this race. I would rather skip Gent Wevelgem but what can I do? :sad:

Anyway I have a feeling that Terpstra not beeing a stepper anymore will change the dynamic of the race completely, because I honestly think he was best QS cobble rider last season. DQS will not be smashing competition tomorrow. I hope decent help for Sagan and really hope for decent cooperation of big guns against DQS because I can throw my post to the bin completely :lol:
I agree that Terpstra was clearly the best of the QS riders last season, if not the best cobbles specialist of all. But this year it would not surprise me if one of the other QS riders steps up and quickly (ha ha) delivers like Terpstra did last season. Afterall it has been QS' trademark in recent years to deliver despite big names leaving the team. Maybe it could be Stybar or Lampaert this time, even if none of them are a physical matches for Terpstra's engine. And if this is the case, I don't think the dynamic of the race will change too much other than the fact that QS now have one more high-profile opponent to deal with in the form of Terpstra.
 
Yes, others riders haven't sone that well after leaving QSt - remember Devolder? For Terpstra it will be harder to get away without team mates protecting him in the background. Hopefully other teams will work together against the dominance of one team.

What makes this race attractive is the fact that the tougher climbs are quite long before the finish, which invites the big guns to attack early.
 

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