Ghent-Wevelgem to extend use of 'Plugstreet' dirt roads for 2018 races

Women and under-23 riders to get a taste of the gravelcobbl

The breakaway on the Plugstreets during the 2017 edition of Ghent-Wevelgem

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The dirt roads introduced to the men's edition of Ghent-Wevelgem in 2017 will be extended to the women's and under-23 races for next year, race organisers have announced.

The so-called Plugstreets, dirt roads near the French border which were given their name by British troops fighting near the village of Ploegsteert during World War One, were introduced into the men's version of Ghent-Wevelgem in 2017, and will now be rolled out into the other races which take place on the same day.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.