THE MI­NOR CLAS­SICS

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GHENTWEVEL­GEM

Date: 11 Oc­to­ber, 2020 Dis­tance: 142km (women), 232km (men)

Start: 9:00 (men); 12:45 (women)

Fin­ish: 15:00 (men); 16:45 (women)

Like its older sib­ling the Tour of Flan­ders, Ghent-wevel­gem fea­tures post-lock­down con­ces­sions, with al­tered tim­ings to al­low fans to see the end of that day’s Giro d’italia stage to Roc­caraso. The men’s course is also short­ened by around 20km, with the usual foray into France left out.

On the bright side, or­gan­is­ers have added a third as­cent of the no­to­ri­ous Kem­mel­berg, which could spice things up.

SCHELDE­PRIJS

Date: 14 Oc­to­ber, 2020

Dis­tance: 183km

Start: 12:00

Fin­ish: 16:25

Shorter than usual this year by around 20km, Schelde­prijs will of­fer a use­ful mid­week warm-up ahead of the Tour of Flan­ders. It’s a gen­tler route span­ning Bel­gium and the Nether­lands, and gives the purer sprint­ers a chance to win a Clas­sic.

While it avoids the re­gion’s bergs and cob­bled roads, strong winds can still have an ef­fect.

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