Ronde van Vlaanderen to skip Eikenmolen in 2010

Major changes possible for 2011 course

The Ronde van Vlaanderen will not ride over the Eikenmolen climb in 2010, according to Marc De Braekeleer, mayor of Lierde, Belgium. The route for next year's race, to be held on Sunday, April 4, is scheduled to be presented in the next few weeks.

The change is bad news for Stijn Devolder of Quick Step, who has won the race the last two years by attacking shortly before the Eikenmolen.

De Braekeleer told the Belgian broadcaster Radio MIG that otherwise the race would follow its traditional route, from the Tenbossestraat towards Parike, and going over the Parikeberg to the Muur van Geraardsbergen.

However, he also indicated that there could be some dramatic changes in the race in 2011. The Molenberg, usually the first climb in the finale, could be moved closer to the end, right after the Kwaremont, Patersburg, Koppenberg and Eikenberg.

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