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E3 Saxo Bank Classic odds

E3 Saxo Bank Classic 2023 will be held 22 March 2024.

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E3 Saxo Bank Classic 2023

The 2023 E3 Saxo Bank Classic will be held on March 24, 2023, in Belgium. It will be the 10th competition of the 2023 UCI World Tour and the 65th iteration of the E3 Saxo Bank Classic. The 203-kilometer race, which mostly takes place in the Flemish Ardennes, has its beginning and end in Harelbeke.

It is one of the more recent one-day classics, having only been contested for the first time in 1958, yet it has grown to be a prominent and sought-after competition. It is listed on the UCI World Tour schedule and takes place in March and April as one of several cobbled classics in Belgium and Northern France.

The Route

The E3 Harelbeke, which is typically a little over 200 kilometers in length and always starts and finishes in Harelbeke, has somewhere between 12 and 17 short, abrupt, cobbled climbs, mostly in the last 90 kilometers. Local knowledge can be quite significant in Flemish one-day racing, as usual.

The race begins at the Grote Markt in Harelbeke and moves east on mostly level roads toward Oudenaarde and Zottegem. After traveling 85 kilometers, the riders come at Ninove, the race's most easterly point, before heading back west via Geraardsbergen and taking on the bergs and cobblestone roads of the Flemish Ardennes in the south of East Flanders. As the circuit loops between Ronse and Oudenaarde, the race develops in the hilly region with a series of quick, steep climbs.

Before the race re-enters West Flanders for a largely flat run-in to the finish, the remaining peaks in the Flemish Ardennes, Paterberg, Oude Kwaremont, and Karnemelkbeekstraat, are famously challenging and the places where the race tends to split apart for good. The Tiegemberg, the day's final ascent, is located 20 kilometers from the Harelbeke finish line.

Participating Teams

In the race, riders from several nations are taking part. Many climbers enjoy participating in the race because it has many slopes throughout the route. The top competitors and participating teams are listed below:

Top competitors: Van Aert Wout, Stuyven Jasper, Mohorič Matej, Asgreen Kasper, Küng Stefan, Laporte Christophe, Van Poppel Danny, Sagan Peter, Honoré Mikkel Frølich, Van Baarle Dylan.

Competing teams: Jumbo-Visma, Lotto Soudal, Astana Qazaqstan Team, Bahrain - Victorious, BORA - hansgrohe, Cofidis, Groupama - FDJ, INEOS Grenadiers, Movistar Team, Team BikeExchange - Jayco, Team DSM, Trek - Segafredo, UAE Team Emirates, Alpecin-Fenix, TotalEnergies, B&B Hotels - KTM, Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè, Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise, Uno-X Pro Cycling Team and so on.

Recent Winners

Belgian professional racer Wout van Aert from Team Jumbo–Visma got the title of the first place winner in 2022 E3 Saxo Bank Classic. He got the place defeating Christophe Laporte Team Jumbo–Visma) and Stefan Küng (Groupama–FDJ).

Other recent winners are Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) 2021, Zdeněk Štybar (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) 2019, Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) 2018, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) 2017, Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) 2016.