Flemish Week kicks off with Dwars door Vlaanderen

King Flandrien:
Sean Kelly, Mur de Grammont Tour of Flanders.
photo: Graham Watson

Flemish Week kicks off tomorrow with mid-week Dwars door Vlaanderen! My all time favorite set of races that really begin the Belgian cobbles classics consisting of: Dwars door Vlaanderen, E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem, Three Days of De Panne and finishing with the Ronde.

Dwars is 203km with daunting dozen climbs and there is an added new sector of cobbles with 6km to go just for a little added spice. Despite the big contenders not present; Alexander Kristoff, Greg Van Avermaet, Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan there will be plenty of contenders for the early Flemish Crown. 

My picks: (1) Tiesj Benoot (2) Oliver Naesen (3) Sep Vanmarcke (although he is recovering from a rib injury suffered in Strade Bianche and reports are that he's feeling better and will compete, I'm still going for the Flandrien to podium).