Muur van Geraardsbergen returns to the Tour of Flanders for 2017

Race organisers include the Muur van Geraardsbergen for the 2017 Tour of Flanders after a five-year absence and move the start from Bruges to Antwerp for the next five years

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The 2017 Tour of Flanders will start in Antwerp and take in the cobbled Muur van Geraardsbergen for the first time since 2011, organisers have confirmed.

The iconic climb will feature with 100km remaining in the race, with the final 75km unchanged from this year's edition. Between 1988 and 2011 the Muur was the penultimate climb on the route, but with the race finishing in Oudenaarde from 2012 it was not possible to include the climb for the past five editions.

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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.