Often seen as a 'mini-' Tour of Flanders, E3 Harelbeke traverses many of the same cobbled climbs as Belgium's biggest race. The Taaienberg, Paterberg, and Oude Kwaremont are all on the menu during a winding, 206.1-km trek through West Flanders.
Kicking off a weekend of top-tier racing – with Gent-Wevelgem on its heels two days later – E3 has drawn increasingly impressive start lists in the past few years, with a collection of recent winners worthy of a new Classics staple.
Worlds winners went head to head in the 2016 edition of the race. Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski, the 2014 world champion, escaped with rainbow jersey-wearing Peter Sagan and the pair held off a hard-charging peloton on the bumpy Flemish terrain to duel for the victory in Harelbeke. Kwiatkowski emerged victorious, surprising Sagan in the sprint to earn a first career Cobbled Classic win.
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2016 E3 Harelbeke Results
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky||4:49:34|
|2||Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team||0:00:04|
|3||Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky||0:00:11|
|4||Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo|
|5||Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo|
|6||Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team|
|7||Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal|
|8||Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo|
|9||Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team|
|10||Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team|