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Riders blast ‘ridiculous’ dangers of Classic Brugge-De Panne

Riders blast 'ridiculous' dangers of Classic Brugge-De Panne

One rider went clattering into a policeman. Several went off-road for a while. And then there was the usual smattering of road furniture and, of…

Thursday, Mar 24

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One rider went clattering into a policeman. Several went off-road for a while. And then there was the usual smattering of road furniture and, of course, De Panne’s famous tram tracks. As one rider told Cyclingnews at the finish, "it was ridiculous".

The chaos of the run-in to De Panne on the last lap of the finishing circuit was one of the major talking points among riders after the race.

This was billed as the latest ‘World Championship for sprinters’, with nearly all the top fastmen in attendance, but the dash for the line was somewhat overshadowed by the lead-in to it.

"This is WorldTour level…" Jumbo-Visma’s Tosh Van der Sande told Cyclingnews , clearly expecting better from a race that’s part of the UCI’s top-tier series.

"If you see the last few kilometres, for me it’s ridiculous. There are roadworks, there are traffic islands, there’s sand next to the road. At one point I was in there, because next to the train roads was this sand track."

The chaos began on the final run through De Moeren. The wind wasn’t blowing strongly through the notorious swamp plain but the pace picked up regardless and Tuur Dens went head over heals into the ditch. On the roads back towards De Panne, ahead of a left-hand roundabout turn that would take them into Veurne, Movistar’s Max Kanter collided with a race marshal.

The marshal was standing on a traffic island in the middle of the road, signalling riders to use the left-hand side, but it wasn’t […]

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