E3 Harelbeke 2013: The Big Preview

Wednesday’s dark and drenched Dwars Door Vlaanderen heralded the start of this year’s Flemish Classics, which continue apace with this Friday’s E3-Harelbeke.

The traditional appetiser for the Tour of Flanders, the race formerly known as E3-Prijs Vlaanderen contains fifteen ‘bergs,’ many of which are used in next weekend’s Monument including the Paterberg and Oude Kwaremont. History tells us that riders that place highly at E3 will go on to make the mix at the ‘Ronde’ next weekend.

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The race will be the first real test for defending champ Tom Boonen and his troublesome elbow. After pulling out of Milan-San Remo last weekend, time is fast running out for the Belgian superstar to recapture his scintillating form that saw him win a record fourth E3 last year.

He’ll have to beat the in-form Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara, but after they threw away their chances in San Remo by looking at beating each other rather than the rest of the opposition, could an outsider stand a good chance on Friday?

E3 Harelbeke 2013
When Friday, March 22
Where Belgium
Distance 209km

E3 Harelbeke 2013: Major climbs
1. Leberg – 700m at 6.1%
2. Oude Steenweg – 900m at 4%
3. La Houppe – 3,440m at 3.32%
4. Berg Stene – 1560m at 7.3%
5. Boigneberg – 2180m at 5.8%
6. Eikenberg – 1200m at 5.8%
7. Stationsberg – 460m at 3.2%
8. Taaienberg – 1250m at 9.5%
9. Berg Tenhoutte – 1100m at 6.3%
10. Kanariewberg – 1100m at 7.7%
11. Kapelberg – 1260m at 14%
10. Paterberg – 362m at 12.5%
11. Kwaremont – 2200m at 4.2%
12. Knokteberg – 1530m at 5.3%
13. Tiegemberg – 1000m at 6.5%

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E3 Harelbeke 2013: Teams
Ag2r-La Mondiale
BMC Racing Team
IAM Cycling
Omega Pharma-QuickStep
Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise

E3 Harelbeke 2013: Eurosport TV schedule
Delayed coverage on digitial and satellite channel British Eurosport
Friday, March 22, 16:00-18:30, E3 Harelbeke delayed coverage/highlights, British Eurosport

E3 Harelbeke: Recent winners
2012: Tom Boonen (Belgium)
2011: Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
2010: Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
2009: Filippo Pozzato (Italy)
2008: Kurt Asle Arvesen (Norway)
2007: Tom Boonen (Belgium)
2006: Tom Boonen (Belgium)
2005: Tom Boonen (Belgium)
2004: Tom Boonen (Belgium)
2003: Steven de Jongh (Netherlands)

E3 Harelbeke: Last year’s top ten (2012)
1. Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep in 4-51-59
2. Oscar Freire (Spa) Katusha
3. Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky
4. Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis
5. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Barracuda
6. John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1t4i
7. Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Europcar
8. Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC
9. Sebastian Turgot (Fra) Europcar
10. Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank all same time
16. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at same time
22. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan at same time
48. Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky at 53 secs
DNF Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky
DNF David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Barracuda

Related links

Spring Classics 2013: Coverage index

UCI WorldTour calendar 2013