Tom Boonen and Gert Steegmans stage two

Next season's Belgian Classic, Het Volk, will conclude with the same difficult, uphill finish the Tour de France used when it visited Ghent in July.

Gert Steegmans of Quick Step was supposed to be leading out his team-mate Tom Boonen as the peloton arrived on the deceptive drag of the Charles de Kerchovelaan.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.