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E3 Harelbeke 2018 odds

Who wins E3 Harelbeke 2018?

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Peter Sagan4.204.20
Greg Van Avermaet6.506.50
Jasper Stuyven11.0011.00
Sep Vanmarcke11.0011.00
Tiesj Benoot11.0011.00
Oliver Naesen13.0013.00
Philippe Gilbert13.0013.00
Alexander Kristoff21.0021.00
Arnaud Démare21.0021.00
Yves Lampaert21.0021.00
Sonny Colbrelli23.0023.00
Zdenek Stybar23.0023.00
John Degenkolb26.0026.00
Matteo Trentin26.0026.00
Niki Terpstra26.0026.00
Bryan Coquard34.0034.00
Jürgen Roelandts34.0034.00
Jens Keukeleire34.0034.00
Michael Matthews34.0034.00
Alexey Lutsenko41.0041.00
Dylan Van Baarle41.0041.00
Gianni Moscon41.0041.00
Ian Stannard41.0041.00
Magnus Cort41.0041.00
Michael Valgren41.0041.00
Tony Gallopin41.0041.00
Edvald Boasson Hagen51.0051.00
Julien Vermote51.0051.00
Tony Martin51.0051.00
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck67.0067.00
Jens Debusschere67.0067.00
Luke Durbridge67.0067.00
Scott Thwaites67.0067.00
Sebastian Langeveld67.0067.00
Stefan Küng67.0067.00
Yoann Offredo67.0067.00
Jasper De Buyst81.0081.00
Søren Kragh Andersen81.0081.00
Sean De Bie81.0081.00
Stijn Vandenbergh81.0081.00
Adrien Petit101.00101.00
Baptiste Planckaert101.00101.00
Jempy Drucker101.00101.00
Mads Pedersen101.00101.00
Matti Breschel101.00101.00
Oscar Gatto101.00101.00
Sylvain Chavanel101.00101.00
Ben Swift126.00126.00
Frederik Backaert126.00126.00
Jelle Wallays126.00126.00
Ramon Sinkeldam126.00126.00
Alberto Bettiol151.00151.00
Kristoffer Halvorsen151.00151.00
Lars Boom151.00151.00
Nathan Van Hooydonck151.00151.00
Piet Allegaert151.00151.00
Stijn Devolder151.00151.00
Damien Gaudin201.00201.00
Gijs Van Hoecke201.00201.00
Heinrich Haussler201.00201.00
Laurens De Vreese201.00201.00
Nils Politt201.00201.00
Alex Kirsch301.00301.00
Alexander Edmondson301.00301.00
Grégory Rast301.00301.00
Iljo Keisse301.00301.00
Lukas Pöstlberger301.00301.00
Maarten Wynants301.00301.00
Mathew Hayman301.00301.00
Tom Van Asbroeck301.00301.00
Mickaël Delage401.00401.00
Pascal Ackermann401.00401.00
Dries De Bondt501.00501.00
Gediminas Bagdonas501.00501.00
Ignatas Konovalovas501.00501.00
Jay Robert Thomson501.00501.00
Julien Duval501.00501.00
Lawrence Naesen501.00501.00
Marco Haller501.00501.00
Martijn Budding501.00501.00
Nicolas Dougall501.00501.00
Ryan Gibbons501.00501.00

E3 Harelbeke 2018

The 61st year of E3 Harelbeke takes place on Friday 23rd March 2018, and is the tenth event on the UCI World Tour 2018. Known as ‘The Little Tour of Flanders’, the race will consist of 206 km and fifteen of the famous Belgian climbs. Having first entered the Belgian racing calendar in 1958, E3 Harelbeke forms a part of ‘Flemish Week’, where it’s joined by the Tour of Flanders, Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem.

In last years race, Belgian riders dominated by completing a clean sweep on the podium. Fan favourite Greg Van Avermaet took first place, with Philippe Gilbert and Oliver Naesen joining him in second and third.

Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen holds the record for the most E3 Harelbeke victories with five titles.

The E3 Harelbeke route

The 206 km route will take the peloton over the traditional Belgian cobbles and hills, known as ‘hellingen’. The last of the hills comes 20 km from the finish.

The race starts and finishes in the town of Harelbeke, which is north east of Kortrijk. The riders will face their first climb around 25 km in, at the Wolvenberg. After they climb that, they will be greeted with two cobbled sections, which are often complicated by strong crosswinds, making the cycling particularly difficult. At 90 km, the peloton will reach La Houppe for another climb, although the bulk of the hard work is still to come.

The second half of the race is where the fun will start as it is packed full of climbs, which are often cobbled. Just before 100 km, the riders will start the Broeke climb, which is shortly followed by Knokteberg. Then, around 5 km apart, the peloton will continually have to tackle the Flemish rolling hills, including the Hotondberg, Kortekeer, Taaienberg, Boigneberg, Eikenberg, Stationsberg, Kapelberg, Paterberg, Oude Kwaremont, Karnemelkbeekstraat and, last but not least, Tiegemberg. Of those, Taaienberg, Eikenberg, Stationsberg, Paterberg and Oude Kwaremont are cobbled climbs.

In 2017, it was on the Oude Kwaremont where Greg Van Avermaet, Philippe Gilbert and Oliver Naesen attacked. They managed to successfully break away from the chasing peloton before Greg Van Avermaet sprinted to victory.

Preparing for Flanders

Given the inclusion of the cobbles, winding roads and hills, it’s no surprise that many riders are attracted to the race as preparation for the Tour of Flanders, the monument race in the Flemish calendar. Recent winners have included a host of big names. Michal Kwiatkowski, Peter Sagan and Geraint Thomas join Greg Van Avermaet as recent winners.

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Peter Sagan (BORA - hansgrohe) will once again be hot favourites, and the line up is expected to be strong as the world of cycling gets ready for the Tour of Flanders. Additionally expected to join the peloton is Sep Vanmarcke (Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale), Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates), Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale), Tony Martin (Team Katusha - Alpecin), Edvald Boasson Hagan (Dimension Data) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb).