Three Days of Bruges–De Panne

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Three Days of De Panne
Driedaagse Brugge–De Panne logo.jpg
Race details
DateLate March
RegionWest Flanders, Belgium
English nameThree Days of Bruges–De Panne
Local name(s)Driedaagse Brugge–De Panne (in Dutch)
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionUCI World Tour (men)
UCI World Tour (women)
TypeThree day stage-race (until 2017)
Single-day race (for men & women, since 2018)
OrganiserKVC Panne Sportief
Race directorBernard Vandekerckhove
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Men's history
First edition1977 (1977)
Editions43 (as of 2019)
First winner Roger Rosiers (BEL)
Most wins Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) (5 times)
Most recent Dylan Groenewegen (NED)
Women's history
First edition2018 (2018)
First winner Jolien D'Hoore (BEL)
Most recent Kirsten Wild (NED)

The Three Days of De Panne or Three Days of Bruges–De Panne (Dutch: Driedaagse Brugge–De Panne) is a road cycling race in Belgium in late March. Since 2018 it is raced over two days with a men's race on Wednesday and a women's race on Thursday.[1] Both races start in Bruges and finish in the seaside resort of De Panne.[2]

The women's event is included in the UCI Women's World Tour; the men's race was part of the UCI Europe Tour as a 1.HC event, but was promoted to the UCI World Tour as a 1.WT event in 2019.[3] The 2020 edition was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[4]


Three Days of De Panne[edit]

The Three Days of De Panne was created in 1977 as a three-day cycling event in the week leading up to the Tour of Flanders, in late March or early April. The first day was usually a hilly stage starting in De Panne and finishing in the Flemish Ardennes. The second day held a long flat stage back to the Flemish coast, with a finish in Koksijde. The third day consisted of two stages that both started and finished in De Panne, of which the final stage was an individual time trial. Raced from Tuesday to Thursday, it was the last Flemish race ahead of the Tour of Flanders and was considered a desirable preparation for the main event on Sunday. Eric Vanderaerden, a strong sprinter and time triallist, won the race five times in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Three Days of Bruges–De Panne[edit]

Since 2018, the Three Days of De Panne is raced under a new format following a calendar switch with Dwars door Vlaanderen.[1][N 1] The race comes one week earlier, in the week following Milan–San Remo, and the men's event has morphed into a one-day race on Wednesday.[5] The Flemish Ardennes roads and the concluding time trial were abandoned in favour of a route entirely in the province of West-Flanders. The iconic Kemmelberg and several cobbled sectors have a more prominent part in the new course.[6]

In order to continue the multi-day format, a women's event was inaugurated on the day after the men's race.[N 2] Both races start in Bruges and have two finishing circuits in and around De Panne. The women's race is part of the UCI Women's World Tour, cycling's top tier professional competition.[7][8] Jolien D'Hoore won the first running of the women's Three Days in a sprint.[9]


Men's race[edit]

Eric Vanderaerden (pictured at the 1993 Tour de France) won the Three Days of De Panne five times, relying on strong sprint and time trialling abilities.
Year Country Rider Team
1977  Belgium Roger Rosiers Frisol-Thirion-Gazelle
1978  Belgium Guido Van Sweevelt IJsboerke-Gios
1979  Belgium Gustave Van Roosbroeck IJsboerke-Warncke
1980  Ireland Sean Kelly Splendor-Admiral
1981  Belgium Jan Bogaert Vermeer Thijs
1982  Netherlands Gerrie Knetemann TI–Raleigh
1983  Netherlands Cees Priem TI–Raleigh
1984  Netherlands Bert Oosterbosch Panasonic
1985  Belgium Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke La Redoute
1986  Belgium Eric Vanderaerden Panasonic
1987  Belgium Eric Vanderaerden Panasonic-Isostar
1988  Belgium Eric Vanderaerden Panasonic-Isostar
1989  Belgium Eric Vanderaerden Panasonic-Isostar
1990  Netherlands Erwin Nijboer Stuttgart
1991  Netherlands Jelle Nijdam Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1992  Netherlands Frans Maassen Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1993  Belgium Eric Vanderaerden WordPerfect–Colnago–Decca
1994  Italy Fabio Roscioli Brescialat–Ceramiche Refin
1995  Italy Michele Bartoli Mercatone Uno–Saeco
1996  Russia Viatcheslav Ekimov Rabobank
1997  Belgium Johan Museeuw Mapei-GB
1998  Italy Michele Bartoli Asics-C.G.A.
1999  Belgium Peter Van Petegem TVM-Farm Frites
2000  Russia Viatcheslav Ekimov U.S. Postal Service
2001  Belgium Nico Mattan Cofidis
2002  Belgium Peter Van Petegem Lotto–Adecco
2003  Latvia Raivis Belohvoščiks Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf
2004  United States George Hincapie U.S. Postal Service
2005  Belgium Stijn Devolder Discovery Channel
2006  Belgium Leif Hoste Discovery Channel
2007  Italy Alessandro Ballan Lampre–Fondital
2008  Netherlands Joost Posthuma Rabobank
2009  Belgium Frederik Willems Liquigas
2010  Great Britain David Millar Garmin–Transitions
2011  Belgium Sébastien Rosseler Team RadioShack
2012  France Sylvain Chavanel Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2013  France Sylvain Chavanel Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2014  Belgium Guillaume Van Keirsbulck Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015  Norway Alexander Kristoff Team Katusha
2016  Netherlands Lieuwe Westra Astana
2017  Belgium Philippe Gilbert Quick-Step Floors
2018  Italy Elia Viviani Quick-Step Floors
2019  Netherlands Dylan Groenewegen Team Jumbo–Visma

Multiple winners[edit]

Wins Rider Editions
5  Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993
2  Michele Bartoli (ITA) 1995, 1998
 Viatcheslav Ekimov (RUS) 1996, 2000
 Peter Van Petegem (BEL) 1999, 2002
 Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) 2012, 2013

Wins per country[edit]

Wins Country
20  Belgium
9  Netherlands
5  Italy
2  France
1  Ireland
 United Kingdom
 United States

Women's race[edit]

Year Country Rider Team
2018  Belgium Jolien D'Hoore Mitchelton–Scott
2019  Netherlands Kirsten Wild WNT–Rotor Pro Cycling


  1. ^ Flanders Classics, organizer of Dwars door Vlaanderen, lobbied with UCI and was granted the date formerly held by the Three Days of De Panne. The organizers of the Three Days were granted the slot held by Dwars door Vlaanderen, but chose to shorten their race, as the next Flemish classic, E3 Harelbeke, is raced on a Friday.
  2. ^ Initially the Three Days organizers had another three-day concept in mind, with a two-day contest for men and one day for women. The event would kick off with a sprinters challenge on Tuesday, but this idea was abandoned due to a lack of teams' interest. However, organizers intend to return to a three-day format in the future.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Driedaagse De Panne wordt dit jaar een tweedaagse" [Three-day De Panne will be a two-day event this year]. Sporza (in Dutch). Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  2. ^ Coorevits, Hugo. "3 zaken om naar uit te kijken in nieuwe Driedaagse: kasseien, wind én hellingen" [3 things to look forward to in the new Three Days: cobblestones, wind and hills]. Sportwereld (in Dutch). Mediahuis. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Salary cap still an option as part of 2020 WorldTour reforms |". Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  4. ^ "The UCI unveils the revised 2020 calendars for the UCI WorldTour & UCI Women's WorldTour". UCI. 5 May 2020. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Les Trois jours de Bruges-La Panne sur une journée ce mercredi". Le Soir (in French). Rossel & Cie. S.A. Retrieved 21 March 2018. The three days of Bruges-De Panne in one day on Wednesday
  6. ^ Plouvin, Antoine. "Les 3 Jours de Bruges – La Panne: Le parcours et les 12 premières équipes dévoilés". (in French). Retrieved 21 March 2018. The 3 Days of Bruges - De Panne: The course and the first 12 teams unveiled
  7. ^ "Ryan looks for Women's WorldTour win at Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde". Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Siggaard to lead Team Virtu Cycling at Driesdaagse de Panne-Koksijde". Immediate Media Company. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  9. ^ Knöfler, Lukas. "D'hoore unaware she was sprinting for Driedaagse De Panne victory". Cyclingnews. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 15 April 2018.

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