Organisers of the Belgian one-day semi-classic Nokere Koerse have announced a record-breaking field for the event taking place on March 19, starting in Oudenaarde. The UCI cat. 1.1 race will see a total of six ProTour teams lining up: Quick Step-Innergetic, Silence-Lotto, Crédit Agricole, Française des Jeux, Rabobank and Team High Road.
"It's an unbelievable record," said Marc Van Cauwenberghe, chairman of the organising committee. "We already had four, then five ProTour teams at the start, but now six teams of this category will find their way to the small Nokere. For me, this is a real accomplishment; even more so for this small community of only 700 souls. On top of that, six Professional Continental teams have entered the race, for a total of 23 squads on our list of participants."
The 63rd Nokere Koerse will depart on the market place in Oudenaarde. After 49 kilometres, the climb of the Nokereberg will be the centre of a 14.8km-loop, to be raced ten times before the finish. Last year, Dutchman Leon Van Bon (Rabobank) won the event.