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Danilth - Nokere Koerse

The Belgian semi classic race Danilith Nokere Koerse is a race held annually in the Flanders region since 1944. In 2005 the race joined the UCI Europe Tour as a 1.1-race and was upgraded to 1.HC in 2016. When it was first raced, the name went by the name "Grand Prix Jules Lowie" in honor of the 1938 Paris-Nice Winner Jules Lowie who was born in the town Nokere.

Though the event has been raced 72 times only 7 riders outside Belgium and the Netherlands have won it. Hendrick Van Dijck holds the record of most wins by three, which he won at the end of the 90's.

Danilith Nokere Koerse has in recent years ended in a sprint finish up the cobbled incline into the city of Nokere, and is usually with several WorldTour teams participating, this year being no exception.

 

"It’s very likely going to be a sprinters race", says directeur sportif Rene Jacobsen. "It has pretty much always been like that. Not a full peloton but maybe a group of 60-80 riders. Lots of teams here who want a sprint at the end."

"The finish is very hectic and tricky. You go downhill with full gas, and then the road narrows down, and you finish up a steadily inclining cobblestone hill, Nokereberg. Positioning is everything, but I believe we are ready."

"We’re arriving as underdogs in this peloton with so many WorldTour teams, but that doesn’t mean we have to ride like some. We have to go out there and ride offensive and when the race is set, protect our sprinters for the finish", ends Rene Jacobsen.

 

Watch the race on Eurosport 1 from 15:15-17:30.

 

Official race website: https://www.nokerekoerse.be/

 

Last year's winners:

2018: Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors)

2017: Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)

2016: Timothy Dupont (Verandas Willems)

 

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