Latest News from the Race
Gent-Wevelgem and the tragic loss of Antoine Demoitie - Cyclingnews PodcastInterviews from E3 and Wevelgem with Cancellara, Sagan and Knaven
Debesay gets lost during his Flemish debut at E3 HarelbekeEritrean Dimension Data rider taken home by spectator
Improvement still possible ahead of Tour of Flanders, says VanmarckeLotto NL-Jumbo rider was eighth at E3 Harelbeke
2016 E3 Harelbeke overview
E3 Harelbeke, named after the former E3 motorway and the race’s start and finish town, is one of the younger Belgian Classics but it now plays a big role in many riders’ Classics campaigns. Sandwiched between Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem, there are plenty of the big names on show.
The 2016 edition of the race will be its 59th and completes a 206km loop out and back from Harelbeke. It is sometimes known as a mini Tour of Flanders, with some of its 15 climbs also featuring in De Ronde just over a week later. The Oude Kwaremont, Paterberg and Taaienberg all feature in the race.
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) won the 2015 after getting into a breakaway with Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo). He would eventually drop the other two, going it alone in the final four kilometres. Enjoying much less fortune was Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), who crashed heavily in the early part of the race and fractured to vertebrae.
Thomas will not be back to defend his title as he races a lighter Classics programme this season. Cancellara will be back and hoping for some much better luck, Sagan and Stybar are also expected to be back in action. For Team Sky it is Ian Stannard that holds their hopes, while Alexander Kristoff is to lead the Katusha squad. Others expected to ride are Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), and Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep).
2015 E3 Harelbeke results
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky||5:15:00|
|2||Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step||0:00:25|
|3||Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step||0:00:38|
|4||Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha|
|5||Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo|
|6||Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo|
|7||Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal|
|8||Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team|
|9||Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge|
|10||Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team|
E3 Harelbeke 201625 March 2016 | Belgium | WorldTour
Top News on the Race
Kristoff under the gun for Tour of Flanders after disappointing E3 Harelbeke'I’m surprised in a negative way,' says Norwegian
Kwiatkowski lays down Tour of Flanders marker with E3 Harelbeke victory'I don’t know what to expect from myself in Flanders this year'
E3 Harelbeke: Etixx-QuickStep the strongest, the others cowards, says LefevereBoonen positive about form but has work to do before Tour of Flanders
Sagan 'without legs' in the finale of E3 HarelbekeWorld champion beaten into second place by Kwiatkowski
Cancellara proud of team effort after mechanical at E3 HarelbekeMixed emotions for Swiss rider following fourth place finish
BMC confident Van Avermaet can bounce back from illness before Tour of FlandersTeam have to look elsewhere for E3 Harelbeke success
On the startline at E3 HarelbekeMinute's silence held for victims of terrorist attacks in Brussels
Greg Van Avermaet out of E3 Harelbeke due to illnessBMC Racing leader focused on Gent-Wevelgem and Tour of Flanders
Van Avermaet: I’m not scared of anybodyBMC rider an underdog no longer as Tour of Flanders approaches
Thank you for signing up to Cycling News. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.