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The Koppenberg and the defining cobbles, bergs and climbs of the Belgian Classics

The Koppenberg and the defining cobbles, bergs and climbs of the Belgian Classics

Throughout the history of the Classics, it’s the cobbled roads of Flanders that have had the biggest impact on results and careers Photo: Graham Watson The Classics are variously adored, feared and eulogised thanks to their tough sections of cobbles. These secteurs pavés can make or break the best laid plans and set champions apart from mere riders.

Here look at the Koppenberg and run through the other defining cobbles, bergs and climbs that will likely decide the outcomes of the upcoming Cobbled Classics . The Koppenberg

The Koppenberg in the Tour of Flanders: a longstanding trap. Photo: Graham Watson

Length: 620m, Elevation: 64m, Max gradient: 22%, Toughness: 5/5

It’s one of the toughest cobbled climbs in Flanders, a place where cobbled climbs are legion —
but this one is special.
If you’re still wondering how something can be unrideable, even for professional cyclists, then you haven’t seen the Koppenberg. It rears up in front of you like a wall and the grass banks enclose you in a dank corridor as you climb. The size of the cobbles and slow speed mean that cycling up here is like sailing a dinghy into a force-10 gale.There’s no real run-up to the Koppenberg. A 90-degree […]

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