Dwars door Vlaanderen

Dwars door Vlaanderen
Race details
Date Late March
Region Flanders, Belgium
English name Across Flanders
Local name(s) Dwars door Vlaanderen (Dutch)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI World Tour
Type Semi-classic one-day race
Organiser Flanders Classics
Men's history
First edition 1945 (1945)
Editions 71 (as of 2016)
First winner  Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)
Most wins 12 riders with 2 wins
Most recent  Jens Debusschere (BEL)
Women's history
First edition 2012 (2012)
Editions 5 (as of 2016)
First winner  Monique van de Ree (NED)
Most wins  Amy Pieters (NED) (3 wins)
Most recent  Amy Pieters (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. As from 2017 the event will be included in the UCI World Tour.[2][3]

Held in late March, the event traditionally marks the start of the Flemish Cycling Week, which also includes E3 Harelbeke, Gent–Wevelgem,[4] the Three Days of De Panne,[5] and the Tour of Flanders.[6] Dwars door Vlaanderen has always been contested on a Wednesday, four days after Italy's monument race Milan–San Remo and a week and a half before the Tour of Flanders.

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.


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.

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 2017 edition will be promoted to the UCI World Tour, cycling's highest tier of professional races.[2]

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.[7] On the evening of the event, organizers decided to continue as planned and the Belgian government gave clearance on the day of the race. The edition was won by Jens Debusschere.[8]


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 200 km. The bulk of the course is set in the hilly Flemish Ardennes.

The first 100 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 Eikenberg, Taaienberg, Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg.[9] The top of the last climb, Nokereberg, comes at 10 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 11 days later.

The cobbled Paterberg in Kluisbergen comes as one of the last climbs in the race at 30 km from the finish and is often a decisive site.
Hill Name Pavement Length (m) Average % Max % Km from finish
1 Nieuwe Kwaremont asphalt 2 000 4,2 % 8% 107,5
2 Kattenberg asphalt 740 5,9 % 8,2 % 88,1
3 Leberg asphalt 700 6,1 % 14% 79,5
4 Berendries asphalt 900 7,2 % 14% 75,3
5 Valkenberg asphalt 540 8,1 % 12,8 % 70,3
6 Eikenberg cobbles 1 250 5,8 % 10% 57,5
7 Taaienberg cobbles 530 6,6 % 15,8 % 51,8
8 Oude Kwaremont cobbles 1 500 4% 11,6 % 34
9 Paterberg cobbles 365 12,9 % 20,3 % 30,5
10 Tiegemberg asphalt 1 400 6,5 % 9% 19,8
11 Holstraat asphalt 1 000 5,2 % 12% 15,4
12 Nokereberg cobbles 500 5,7 % 6,7 % 7,9


Rider Team
1945 Belgium Steenbergen, Rik VanRik Van Steenbergen (BEL) Mercier-Hutchinson
1946 Belgium Desimpelaere, MauriceMaurice Desimpelaere (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1947 Belgium Sercu, AlbertAlbert Sercu (BEL) Bertin-Wolber
1948 Belgium Rosseel, AndreAndré Rosseel (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1949 Belgium Impanis, RaymondRaymond Impanis (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1950 Belgium Rosseel, AndreAndré Rosseel (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1951 Belgium Impanis, RaymondRaymond Impanis (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1952 Belgium Maelbrancke, AndreAndré Maelbrancke (BEL) Peugeot-Dunlop
1953 Belgium Schotte, BriekBriek Schotte (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1954 Belgium Derycke, GermainGermain Derycke (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1955 Belgium Schotte, BriekBriek Schotte (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1956 Belgium Demunster, LucienLucien Demunster (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot
1957 Belgium Fore, NoelNoël Foré (BEL) Groene Leeuw
1958 Belgium Vlayen, AndreAndré Vlayen (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot-Marvan
1959 Belgium Baens, RogerRoger Baens (BEL) Peugeot-BP-Dunlop
1960 Belgium Decabooter, ArthurArthur Decabooter (BEL) Groene Leeuw
1961 Belgium Meuleman, MauriceMaurice Meuleman (BEL) Wiel's–Flandria
1962 Belgium Geneugden, Martin VanMartin Van Geneugden (BEL) Flandria–Faema–Clément
1963 Belgium Roman, ClementClément Roman (BEL) Faema-Flandria
1964 Netherlands Est, Piet vanPiet van Est (NED) Televizier
1965 Belgium Hermans, AlfonsAlfons Hermans (BEL) Lamot-Libertas
1966 Belgium Godefroot, WalterWalter Godefroot (BEL) Wiel's-Groene Leeuw
1967 Belgium Vanryckeghem, DanielDaniël Vanryckeghem (BEL) Mann-Grundig
1968 Belgium Godefroot, WalterWalter Godefroot (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck
1969 Belgium Leman, EricEric Leman (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck–Krüger
1970 Belgium Vanryckeghem, DaniëlDaniël Vanryckeghem (BEL) Mann-Grundig
1971 No race
1972 Belgium Demeyer, MarcMarc Demeyer (BEL) Beaulieu–Flandria
1973 Belgium Loysch, RogerRoger Loysch (BEL) Watney-Maes
1974 Belgium Verreydt, LouisLouis Verreydt (BEL) IJsboerke-Colner
1975 Netherlands Priem, CeesCees Priem (NED) Frisol-G.B.C.
1976 Belgium Planckaert, WillyWilly Planckaert (BEL) Maes-Rokado
1977 Belgium Planckaert, WalterWalter Planckaert (BEL) Maes-Mini Flat
1978 Netherlands Schipper, JosJos Schipper (NED) Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
1979 Belgium Roosbroeck, Gustaaf VanGustaaf Van Roosbroeck (BEL) IJsboerke-Warncke
1980 Netherlands Meer, Johan van derJohan van der Meer (NED) HB Alarmsystemen
1981 Belgium Hoste, FrankFrank Hoste (BEL) TI–Raleigh
1982 Netherlands Raas, JanJan Raas (NED) TI–Raleigh
1983 Belgium Wilde, Etienne DeEtienne De Wilde (BEL) La Redoute-Motobécane
1984 Belgium Planckaert, WalterWalter Planckaert (BEL) Panasonic–Raleigh
1985 Belgium Planckaert, EddyEddy Planckaert (BEL) Panasonic–Raleigh
1986 Belgium Vanderaerden, EricEric Vanderaerden (BEL) Panasonic–Merckx–Agu
1987 Netherlands Nijdam, JelleJelle Nijdam (NED) Superconfex–Kwantum–Yoko–Colnago
1988 Netherlands Talen, JohnJohn Talen (NED) Panasonic–Isostar–Colnago–Agu
1989 Belgium Wolf, Dirk DeDirk De Wolf (BEL) Hitachi
1990 Belgium Hooydonck, Edwig VanEdwig Van Hooydonck (BEL) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1991 Belgium Vanderaerden, EricEric Vanderaerden (BEL) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1992 Germany Ludwig, OlafOlaf Ludwig (GER) Panasonic–Sportlife
1993 Belgium Museeuw, JohanJohan Museeuw (BEL) GB–MG Maglificio
1994 Belgium Bomans, CarloCarlo Bomans (BEL) GB–MG Maglificio
1995 Netherlands Nijdam, JelleJelle Nijdam (NED) TVM–Polis Direct
1996 Netherlands Hoffman, TristanTristan Hoffman (NED) TVM–Farm Frites
1997 Belgium Tchmil, AndreiAndrei Tchmil (BEL) Lotto–Mobistar–Isoglass
1998 Belgium Steels, TomTom Steels (BEL) Mapei–Bricobi
1999 Belgium Museeuw, JohanJohan Museeuw (BEL) Mapei–Quick-Step
2000 Netherlands Hoffman, TristanTristan Hoffman (NED) Memory Card–Jack & Jones
2001 Belgium Eeckhout, NikoNiko Eeckhout (BEL) Lotto–Adecco
2002 Australia Cooke, BadenBaden Cooke (AUS) Française des Jeux
2003 Australia McEwen, RobbieRobbie McEwen (AUS) Lotto–Domo
2004 Belgium Capelle, LudovicLudovic Capelle (BEL) Landbouwkrediet–Colnago
2005 Belgium Eeckhout, NikoNiko Eeckhout (BEL) Chocolade Jacques–T Interim
2006 Belgium Veuchelen, FrederikFrederik Veuchelen (BEL) Chocolade Jacques–Topsport Vlaanderen
2007 Belgium Boonen, TomTom Boonen (BEL) Quick-Step–Innergetic
2008 France Chavanel, SylvainSylvain Chavanel (FRA) Cofidis
2009 Belgium Impe, Kevin VanKevin Van Impe (BEL) Quick-Step
2010 Denmark Breschel, MattiMatti Breschel (DEN) Team Saxo Bank
2011 Belgium Nuyens, NickNick Nuyens (BEL) Saxo Bank–SunGard
2012 Netherlands Terpstra, NikiNiki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2013 Italy Gatto, OscarOscar Gatto (ITA) Vini Fantini–Selle Italia
2014 Netherlands Terpstra, NikiNiki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015 Belgium Wallays, JelleJelle Wallays (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise
2016 Belgium Debusschere, JensJens Debusschere (BEL) Lotto–Soudal

Source: www.dwarsdoorvlaanderen.be[11]

Multiple winners

Riders is 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

Wins per country

Wins Country
53  Belgium
12  Netherlands
2  Australia
1  Denmark,  Germany,  France,  Italy


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