Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne began as a 3-day stage race. The first stage would take riders away from De Panne on the North Sea coast towards the hills of the Flemish Ardennes. The second stage would usually
see riders head back towards the coast. The third day would be split between a short start in the morning and a small time trial in the afternoon.
Anna van der Breggen is on the greatest female Spring Classics riders. A winner of nearly all of the biggest races, she is the Queen of the Ardennes.
Brabantse Pijl had its first edition in 1961, the race started and finished in Brussels. The first winner was Pino Cerami, who now has a race named after him – the GP Cerami. Pijl is the Flemish word for arrow, making it the Brabant version of Flèche Wallonne.
Across men’s and women’s cycling, Marianne Vos is one of the most decorated riders of all time. She’s also one of the most versatile too. She’s won World Championships in each of road, track and cyclo-cross cycling.