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22 teams, including 14 ProTour teams will take to the start of the 48th Brabantse Pijl on March 30,...
22 teams, including 14 ProTour teams will take to the start of the 48th Brabantse Pijl on March 30, and they will face a shorter but tougher course. The race is now 30 kilometres shorter than in previous years, but features a total of 21 "hellingen" or climbs.
The race now starts and finishes in Leuven, and consists of a 109,7 km loop, followed by five laps of a 16,6 km round course. The new climbs are the Rue de la Montagne in Ittre and the Beerselenberg in Beersel, and the Bruineput will be climbed six times instead of five.
The 14 ProTour teams include Rabobank and Oscar Freire, who has won the race for the last three years, Quick Step, CSC, Liquigas, Saunier Duval, Silence-Lotto, Lampre, Astana, Gerolsteiner, Credit Agricole, Bouygues Telecom, Cofidis, Milram, and Française des Jeux. They will be joined by Barloworld, Tinkoff, Landbouwkrediet, Topsport Vlaanderen, Mitsubishi-Jartazi, Cycle Collstrop, P3 Transfer-Batavus and Team Sean Kelly.