Three Days of De Panne fighting for its place in Classics calendar

Since its inception in 1977, the Three Days of De Panne has unabashedly pitched itself as a preparation race for the Tour of Flanders. The format has scarcely changed over the years, with back-to-back 200 kilometre stages followed by a short, fast run-out on the final morning, before a concluding time trial in De Panne, which – hardly by accident – was often roughly the same length as the distance from the top of the Bosberg to the finish Meerbeke on the old Tour of Flanders course.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.