E3 Harelbeke organisers to tweak course to ensure a 'real bear' wins the race

New cobbles, fewer hills and not as many miles - E3 Harelbeke will be different in 2016, but the organiser promises it won't be easier

Geraint Thomas wins the 2015 E3 Harelbeke

(Image credit: Watson)

Geraint Thomas took the biggest win of his career when he soloed to victory at E3 Harelbeke in March, and organisers are looking to tweak the course next year to shorten it and reduce the number of climbs.

Traditionally seen as the perfect warm-up for the Tour of Flanders, E3 Harelbeke has gained prominence as a great race of its own in recent years, with the 2015 edition no exception.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.