Dwars door Vlaanderen set to take WorldTour status in 2017

Het Nieuwsblad reports that the Flanders Classic race will be granted an initial three-year WorldTour status from 2017

Edward Theuns (Trek) takes the smooth line during Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Belgian went on to finish third behind Jens Debusschere and Bryan Coquard.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Dwars door Vlaanderen is set to join the likes of Ghent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders as a Flanders Classics race with WorldTour status.

Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reports that the cobbled Classic race will join the top tier of professional races from 2017, with a spot guaranteed until 2019.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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