Dwars door Vlaanderen

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Dwars door Vlaanderen
2019 Dwars door Vlaanderen
Race details
DateLate March, begin April
RegionFlanders, Belgium
English nameAcross Flanders
Local name(s)Dwars door Vlaanderen (in Dutch)
CompetitionUCI World Tour
TypeSemi-classic one-day race
OrganiserFlanders Classics
Men's history
First edition1945 (1945)
Editions74 (as of 2019)
First winner Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)
Most wins13 riders with 2 wins
Most recent Mathieu van der Poel (NED)
Women's history
First edition2012 (2012)
Editions8 (as of 2019)
First winner Monique van de Ree (NED)
Most wins Amy Pieters (NED) (3 wins)
Most recent Ellen van Dijk (NED)

Dwars door Vlaanderen (English: Across Flanders) is a semi-classic road bicycle race in Belgium, held annually since 1945.[1] The race starts in Roeselare and finishes in Waregem, both in West Flanders. Since 2017 the event is included in the UCI World Tour.[2][3]

Held in late March, the event is part of the Flemish Cycling Week, which also includes E3 Harelbeke, Gent–Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders.[4] Traditionally Dwars door Vlaanderen was held four days after Milan–San Remo and a week and a half before the Tour of Flanders. As from 2018 the race moved up one week on the international calendar and is now contested on the Wednesday before the Tour of Flanders, Flanders' foremost cycling classic, held on Sunday.[5]

Since 2012, a women's edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen is held on the same day as the men's race, starting and finishing on the same location, of approximately 130 kilometres distance. Both events are organized by Flanders Classics. In addition the Grand Prix de Waregem was formerly regarded as the Under 23 version of the race.[6]


Dwars door België[edit]

The race was first run in 1945 from Sint-Truiden to Waregem and was named Dwars door België (English: Across Belgium) – a name it kept until 1999. Belgian cycling icon Rik Van Steenbergen won the inaugural race. From 1946 to 1964 the event was run as a stage race over two days – with the exception of 1948. The first stage started in Waregem and finished in the eastern Belgian provinces of Limburg or Liège; from which it returned to Waregem the next day. In 1948 and since 1965, it has been held as a one-day race. One edition, in 1971, was cancelled.

Held in late March, the event traditionally marked the start of the Flemish Cycling Week, which also includes E3 Harelbeke, Gent–Wevelgem,[7] the Three Days of De Panne,[8] and the Tour of Flanders.[4] Dwars door Vlaanderen was contested mid-week, four days after Italy's monument race Milan–San Remo and a week and a half before the Tour of Flanders.

World Tour race[edit]

In 2000 the event was renamed Dwars door Vlaanderen and Roeselare became the new starting place. The race was included in the inaugural UCI Europe Tour in 2005, classified as a UCI 1.1 event, and from 2013 to 2016 as a 1.HC race. The 2016 edition nearly had to be cancelled as it was scheduled one day after the 2016 Brussels bombings, causing security alert to be raised to the highest level in all of Belgium.[9] On the evening of the event, organizers decided to continue as planned and the Belgian authorities gave clearance on the day of the race. The race was won by Jens Debusschere.[10]

The 2017 edition was promoted to the UCI World Tour, cycling's highest tier of professional races.[2] In 2018 Dwars door Vlaanderen was moved one week later on the calendar, from a position mid-week after Milan–San Remo to the Wednesday before the Tour of Flanders. At the same time the course was scaled down from 200 km to 180 km in length, and the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg climbs were cut from the race.[11]


Dwars door Vlaanderen is one of several cobbled races in Flanders during Spring classics season. The race starts in Roeselare and finishes in Waregem, for a total distance of ca. 180 km. The bulk of the course is set in the hilly Flemish Ardennes.

Since 2018 the Côte de Trieu in Mont-de-l'Enclus features three times in Dwars door Vlaanderen. The third ascent comes as one of the last climbs in the race, at 33 km from the finish, acting as a decisive launchpad.

The first 80 km in West Flanders are mainly flat, after which the course becomes more selective with a dozen climbs in the hill zone in East Flanders. Despite annual changes, some of the regular climbs in the race are the Taaienberg, Kruisberg and Côte de Trieu.[12] The top of the last climb, Nokereberg, comes at 11 km from the finish. Additionally, there are several flat stretches of cobbles. Due to its hilly course in the Flemish Ardennes, the race is similar in nature to the Tour of Flanders, and is often used in preparation for the bigger event four days later.

Climbs and cobbled sections in the 2018 Dwars door Vlaanderen[13]
No. Name Distance from Surface Length
Gradient (%)
(ave.) (max.)
1 Kluisberg 82.6 97.5 asphalt 1000 6.8% 16%
2 Côte de Trieu 90.0 90.1 asphalt 1900 4.9% 11.8%
3 Kluisberg 107.3 72.8 asphalt 1000 6.8% 16%
4 Côte de Trieu 114.8 65.3 asphalt 1900 4.9% 11.8%
5 Kortekeer 122.4 57.7 asphalt 900 6.5% 9.8%
Mariaborrestraat 124.5 55.6 cobbles 2400
6 Steenbeekdries 125.7 54.4 cobbles 600 4.5% 8%
7 Taaienberg 128.2 51.9 cobbles 530 6.6% 15.8%
8 Kruisberg 138.3 41.8 cobbles 1800 4.8% 9%
9 Côte de Trieu 147.0 33.1 asphalt 1900 4.9% 11.8%
Varentstraat 154.4 25.7 cobbles 2000
10 Tiegemberg 159.2 20.9 asphalt 1400 6.5% 9%
11 Holstraat 163.6 16.5 asphalt 1000 5.2% 12%
12 Nokereberg 171.1 9.0 cobbles 500 5.7% 6.7%
Herlegemstraat 173.9 6.2 cobbles 800


Rider Team
1945 Belgium Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL) Mercier-Hutchinson
1946 Belgium Maurice Desimpelaere (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1947 Belgium Albert Sercu (BEL) Bertin-Wolber
1948 Belgium André Rosseel (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1949 Belgium Raymond Impanis (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1950 Belgium André Rosseel (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1951 Belgium Raymond Impanis (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1952 Belgium André Maelbrancke (BEL) Peugeot-Dunlop
1953 Belgium Briek Schotte (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1954 Belgium Germain Derycke (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1955 Belgium Briek Schotte (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1956 Belgium Lucien Demunster (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot
1957 Belgium Noël Foré (BEL) Groene Leeuw
1958 Belgium André Vlayen (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot-Marvan
1959 Belgium Roger Baens (BEL) Peugeot-BP-Dunlop
1960 Belgium Arthur Decabooter (BEL) Groene Leeuw
1961 Belgium Maurice Meuleman (BEL) Wiel's–Flandria
1962 Belgium Martin Van Geneugden (BEL) Flandria–Faema–Clément
1963 Belgium Clément Roman (BEL) Faema-Flandria
1964 Netherlands Piet van Est (NED) Televizier
1965 Belgium Alfons Hermans (BEL) Lamot-Libertas
1966 Belgium Walter Godefroot (BEL) Wiel's-Groene Leeuw
1967 Belgium Daniël Vanryckeghem (BEL) Mann-Grundig
1968 Belgium Walter Godefroot (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck
1969 Belgium Eric Leman (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck–Krüger
1970 Belgium Daniël Vanryckeghem (BEL) Mann-Grundig
1971 No race
1972 Belgium Marc Demeyer (BEL) Beaulieu–Flandria
1973 Belgium Roger Loysch (BEL) Watney-Maes
1974 Belgium Louis Verreydt (BEL) IJsboerke-Colner
1975 Netherlands Cees Priem (NED) Frisol-G.B.C.
1976 Belgium Willy Planckaert (BEL) Maes-Rokado
1977 Belgium Walter Planckaert (BEL) Maes-Mini Flat
1978 Netherlands Jos Schipper (NED) Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
1979 Belgium Gustaaf Van Roosbroeck (BEL) IJsboerke-Warncke
1980 Netherlands Johan van der Meer (NED) HB Alarmsystemen
1981 Belgium Frank Hoste (BEL) TI–Raleigh–Creda
1982 Netherlands Jan Raas (NED) TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo
1983 Belgium Etienne De Wilde (BEL) La Redoute-Motobécane
1984 Belgium Walter Planckaert (BEL) Panasonic–Raleigh
1985 Belgium Eddy Planckaert (BEL) Panasonic–Raleigh
1986 Belgium Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) Panasonic–Merckx–Agu
1987 Netherlands Jelle Nijdam (NED) Superconfex–Kwantum–Yoko–Colnago
1988 Netherlands John Talen (NED) Panasonic–Isostar–Colnago–Agu
1989 Belgium Dirk De Wolf (BEL) Hitachi
1990 Belgium Edwig Van Hooydonck (BEL) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1991 Belgium Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1992 Germany Olaf Ludwig (GER) Panasonic–Sportlife
1993 Belgium Johan Museeuw (BEL) GB–MG Maglificio
1994 Belgium Carlo Bomans (BEL) GB–MG Maglificio
1995 Netherlands Jelle Nijdam (NED) TVM–Polis Direct
1996 Netherlands Tristan Hoffman (NED) TVM–Farm Frites
1997 Ukraine Andrei Tchmil (UKR) Lotto–Mobistar–Isoglass
1998 Belgium Tom Steels (BEL) Mapei–Bricobi
1999 Belgium Johan Museeuw (BEL) Mapei–Quick-Step
2000 Netherlands Tristan Hoffman (NED) Memory Card–Jack & Jones
2001 Belgium Niko Eeckhout (BEL) Lotto–Adecco
2002 Australia Baden Cooke (AUS) Française des Jeux
2003 Australia Robbie McEwen (AUS) Lotto–Domo
2004 Belgium Ludovic Capelle (BEL) Landbouwkrediet–Colnago
2005 Belgium Niko Eeckhout (BEL) Chocolade Jacques–T Interim
2006 Belgium Frederik Veuchelen (BEL) Chocolade Jacques–Topsport Vlaanderen
2007 Belgium Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick-Step–Innergetic
2008 France Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Cofidis
2009 Belgium Kevin Van Impe (BEL) Quick-Step
2010 Denmark Matti Breschel (DEN) Team Saxo Bank
2011 Belgium Nick Nuyens (BEL) Saxo Bank–SunGard
2012 Netherlands Niki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2013 Italy Oscar Gatto (ITA) Vini Fantini–Selle Italia
2014 Netherlands Niki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015 Belgium Jelle Wallays (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise
2016 Belgium Jens Debusschere (BEL) Lotto–Soudal
2017 Belgium Yves Lampaert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors
2018 Belgium Yves Lampaert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors
2019 Netherlands Mathieu van der Poel (NED) Corendon–Circus

Source: www.dwarsdoorvlaanderen.be[14]

Multiple winners[edit]

Riders in italics are active

Wins Rider Editions
2  André Rosseel (BEL) 1948, 1950
 Raymond Impanis (BEL) 1949, 1951
 Briek Schotte (BEL) 1953, 1955
 Walter Godefroot (BEL) 1966, 1968
 Daniel Van Ryckeghem (BEL) 1967, 1970
 Walter Planckaert (BEL) 1977, 1984
 Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) 1986, 1991
 Jelle Nijdam (NED) 1987, 1995
 Johan Museeuw (BEL) 1993, 1999
 Tristan Hoffman (NED) 1996, 2000
 Niko Eeckhout (BEL) 2001, 2005
 Niki Terpstra (NED) 2012, 2014
 Yves Lampaert (BEL) 2017, 2018

Wins per country[edit]

Wins Country
54  Belgium
13  Netherlands
2  Australia
1  Denmark

Women's race winners[edit]

Rider Team
2012 Netherlands Monique van de Ree (NED) Skil 1t4i
2013 Netherlands Kirsten Wild (NED) Argos–Shimano
2014 Netherlands Amy Pieters (NED) Giant–Shimano
2015 Netherlands Amy Pieters (NED) Team Liv–Plantur
2016 Netherlands Amy Pieters (NED) Wiggle High5
2017 Finland Lotta Lepistö (FIN) Cervélo–Bigla Pro Cycling
2018 Netherlands Ellen van Dijk (NED) Team Sunweb
2019 Netherlands Ellen van Dijk (NED) Trek–Segafredo

Multiple winners[edit]

Riders in italics are active

Wins Rider Editions
3  Amy Pieters (NED) 2014, 2015, 2016
2  Ellen van Dijk (NED) 2018, 2019

Wins per country[edit]

Wins Country
7  Netherlands
1  Finland


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