E3 Saxo Classic heralds the return of the Wout van Aert vs Mathieu van der Poel rivalry

With just over a week to go until the Tour of Flanders, here's the key information, route, start list and riders to watch for E3

Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and Tadej Pogačar at the 2023 E3 Saxo Classic
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In its 66th edition, the E3 Saxo Classic is the only one of the big Classics to not be run by either Flanders Classics or ASO. As a result, it’s notorious for its controversial publicity, and only has a men’s event, but away from that, it is a thrilling race.

Effectively, it is a miniature Tour of Flanders, featuring the likes of the Paterberg, Oude Kwaremont and the Taainberg across its 208km, although it has a fairly flat run in, ending seemingly in a residential street. Wout van Aert (Visma-Lease a Bike) has won the last two editions.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.