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The Kapelmuur returns to the Tour of Flanders

The Muur, Tour of Flanders 2005
Jordan Gibbons
20 Mar 2016

After a five-year absence the Kapelmuur is returning to the Tour of Flanders as part of a route update that moves the start to Antwerp.

Just over five years ago the Tour of Flanders changed ownership and a route change soon followed. Although many of the core ingredients remained, the introduction of a finishing circuit in the Oudenarde area meant that the Kapelmuur (or the Muur van Geraardsbergen as it’s also known) fell by the wayside. Many fans, myself included, were distraught.

Not only was the Muur an amazing place to stand and watch the race, it’s position as the penultimate climb of the race meant that many race winning attacks took places on its steep, cobbled slopes. Watching Fabian Cancellara crush his cranks, and Tom Boonen’s dreams of winning, in 2010 was a sight to behold.

So we’re delighted to see that the route will be revised for 2017 and the new route will return to the hallowed Muur. The Muur will now feature at 100km to go, and the final 75km will remain unchanged, so it will likely have zero outcome on the race result but who cares? Want some excitement and atmosphere, get yourself over there in the spring.

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