Three Days of Bruges–De Panne
|Region||West Flanders, Belgium|
|English name||Three Days of Bruges–De Panne|
|Local name(s)||Driedaagse Brugge–De Panne (in Dutch)|
|Competition||UCI Europe Tour|
|Type||Three day stage-race (until 2017)
Single-day race (for men & women, from 2018)
|Organiser||KVC Panne Sportief|
|Race director||Bernard Vandekerckhove|
|Editions||42 (as of 2018)|
|First winner||Roger Rosiers (BEL)|
|Most wins||Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) (5 times)|
|Most recent||Elia Viviani (ITA)|
|First winner||Jolien D'Hoore (BEL)|
The Three Days of De Panne or Three Days of Bruges–De Panne (Dutch: Driedaagse Brugge–De Panne) is a road racing 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. Both races start in Bruges and finish in the seaside resort of De Panne.
Three Days of De Panne
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 individal 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
Since 2018, the Three Days of De Panne is raced under a new format following a calendar switch with Dwars door Vlaanderen.[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. 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.
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.
|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
|1||Ireland, Latvia, Norway, United Kingdom, United States|
|2018||D'Hoore, JolienJolien D'Hoore (BEL)||Mitchelton–Scott|
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- 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.
- "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
- Plouvin, Antoine. "Les 3 Jours de Bruges – La Panne : Le parcours et les 12 premières équipes dévoilés". Cyclingpro.net (in French). Retrieved 21 March 2018.
The 3 Days of Bruges - De Panne: The course and the first 12 teams unveiled
- "Ryan looks for Women's WorldTour win at Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
- "Siggaard to lead Team Virtu Cycling at Driesdaagse de Panne-Koksijde". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.