Fifteen hills, 16 cobbled kilometres – E3 Harelbeke kick starts the UCI WorldTour’s cobbled Classics season on Friday (March 25).
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) attacked on Oude Kwaremont last year to take victory, and the cobbled climb is likely to be key again this time out, even with the Welshman absent.
Thomas is in action at the Volta a Catalunya instead, but the ‘usual suspects’ of the cobbled Classics will all be in action on the 206km course.
Dubbed ‘the mini Tour of Flanders’, the race offers a great insight into who has the form ahead of the Ronde, the season’s second Monument, but is a huge prize in its own right too.
We’ve taken a look at the course, and five men who could win this year’s race below.