Flemish Classics reduced in length to help riders race intense October campaign

Former Tour of Flanders winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) takes on the Muur van Geraardsbergen during the 2019 edition of the race
(Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The 2020 Tour of Flanders men's and women's routes have been reduced for the event's rescheduled October 18 date, with the iconic Muur van Geraardsbergen cut from the parcours. The men's race has been reduced to 241km, while the women's race is now 135km in length. The biggest and most prestigious race in Belgium will still cover the final circuits of the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg climbs before the finish in Oudenaarde.

Race organiser Flanders Classics has also reduced the distances of Brabantse Pijl, Gent-Wevelgem and Scheldeprijs, claiming it was to help riders recover during the intense race programme.

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