Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne scraps Oude Kwaremont
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 10:03 am
The Oude Kwaremont is a real classic among the cobblestone slopes in Flanders, but that is precisely reason for the organization of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne not to include the hill in the route this year. Because the Oude Kwaremont can be seen so often, already choose KBK the edition partly for less well-known climbs, reports The newspapaer. In total, the riders will have to take slopes.
These are not strange names. This will equal the Tiegemberg, then follow the Katteberg, Bossenstraat and Berg Tenhoutten. In the Hainaut Ardennes, in addition to La Houppe, the newcomers Hameau des Papins (1,200 m, average 6.6%, maximum gradient of 16.2%), Le Bourliquet (1,300 m, avg. 6.8%, max. 15 , 3%) and Mont Saint-Laurent (1,300m, average 7.8% max. 17%).
Jumbo-Visma is back at the start for the first time since 2019
In order to reach the local round in Kuurne, four more famous hills have to be climbed: the Kruisberg, Hotond, Côte de Trieu and Kluisberg. on these slopes it will be decided who will succeed Mads Peders, last year’s winner.
There will be a total of seventeen WorldTour teams at the start, which means that one top-level team is missing: Astana. This also means that Jumbo-Visma is back for the first time since 2019.