Wednesday, March 31, 2021 – Start: Roeselare. Finish: Waregem. Distance: 184 km.

Taking place four days before the Tour of Flanders, the Dwars Door Vlaanderen has a similar course, but at 184 kilometers- 70 kilometers shorter than the monument. The race, which takes in 11 hellingen (2 to be climbed twice) and three cobbled sectors, is starting from Roeselare. The opening section is flat, passing through the finish town of Waregem before reaching the first climb, the Kruisberg, after 72 kilometers. The course then loops through the Flemish Ardennes and here the crucial phase of the race begins with 65km to go with climbs such the Kortekeer, Steenbekdries, Taaienberg, and Berg Ten Houte in just 11km. The final 35 kilometers will feature again the Knokteberg climb, two sections of cobblestones, the Varent and the Herlegemstraat sectors and three more climbs, the Vossenhol, Holstraat and the cobbled 500-meter-long Nokereberg just 11 kilometers from Waregem.

The Favourites

Dwars Door Vlaanderen boasts an impressive start list, with defending two-time champion Yves Lampaert, Julian Alaphilippe and recent E3 Saxo Bank Classic winner Kasper Asgreen, all being part of a strong Deceuninck-Quick-Step team.

Defending champion, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) is set to return to racing at Dwars Door Vlaanderen before he looks to defend his title at the Tour of Flanders.

Ineos Grenadiers will present Michał Kwiatkowski, Tom Pidcock and Dylan Van Baarle and Oliver Naesen (Ag2r-Citroën), Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates), Michael Matthews (BikeExchange), Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka-Assos), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Arnaude Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and Elia Viviani (Cofidis) and Sep Vanmarke (Israel Start-Up Nation) are just some of the big names expected to be on the start line in Roeselare.