Live Coverage of Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde - Elite Men

Race overview:

Distance: 202.4km

Start Location: Bruges

End Location: De Panne

Hello and welcome to live coverage from  Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde.

Elia Viviani is ready for the weather during stage 8 at Paris-Nice



Live commentary by Daniel Benson

  1. 11:42:53 CET

    As it happens, we're currently running our very own Belgian Week on Cyclingnews. So far we've talked to Gilbert about his racing career, looked at betting on the Classics, interviewed Logan Owen, and this morning you can view this excellent gallery from Josh Evans at the cycling museum in Roeselare.


    A vast array of historic jerseys decorate the wall at the head of the church interior


  2. 11:37:33 CET

    Despite the dropping in stature, De Panne remains a prestigious race to win. It used to take - when it was a three-day race - really impressive skill-set. You needed to be good on the cobbles, tough enough to handle the conditions, and a decent enough time trialist to seal the win through the final short stage. Gilbert won in 2017, and Westra, Kristoff, Chavanel, and Millar all won this race in the last 10 years. 


  3. 11:33:45 CET

    In terms of today's route, Barry Ryan wrote in his excellent race preview: 

    "The Monteberg, Kemmelberg – the heart of Gent-Wevelgem – Rodeberg, Viaigneberg and Sulferberg follow in quick succession between kilometres 80 and 100, and this staccato burst of climbs should break up the peloton ahead of the flat and potentially wind-blasted run towards the finish. The finale feature two laps of a 25.7km finishing circuit around De Panne, Koksijde and Veurne, before the finish on De Panne’s Zeelan."


    You can read the full race preview, right here.


  4. 11:32:35 CET

    The familiarity this morning comes in the fact that we're starting in Grote Markt, where Flanders used to start. De Panne of course used to start out by the coast. Harsh winds along the seafront - Blackpool-esque scenery - have been replaced with this city-centre start. At least that's one improvement, for some.


  5. 11:29:41 CET

    Good morning, I didn't see you come in there. Welcome to our live coverage from Belgium, and we're on the start line for Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde. The race format has dramatically changed - with the three-day/four-stage event replaced by a one-day 200km test. The riders are currently on the line and in a few minutes we'll head out through the neutralized zone. 


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