March 30, 2011
Over the past number of days, I’ve had a couple of conversations with people, debating whether riders who are serious about the Tour of Flanders should be riding the Three Days of De Panne. It consists of four stages spread over three days, and after it concludes tomorrow, there are only two days to rest up before the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.
But it’s not so much the lack of respite that is of concern, much more likely to affect riders’ preparation for Flanders is the potential for crashes. It is a race which is notoriously dangerous. The route brings the riders along stretches of very narrow roads, along cobbles and around a plethora of road furniture.