Tour of Flanders: Koppenberg is in

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04.02.2008/ The organisers of the Tour of Flanders announced today that the legendary Koppenberg is taken into the route again. The Koppenberg was not in the route in 2007 but after the cobblestones were restored and tested by several former professional riders the race organisation decided that the Koppenberg is save enough to take it back into the route.

You Tube video of the 2006 Tour of Flanders at the Koppenberg

The city of Oudenaarde restored the famous cobblestones on the Koppenberg climb and after the section was inspected by the race organisers and tested by current and former professional riders like Scott Sunderland, Serge Baquet, Kevin Hulsmans and Kevin van Impe.

Race organisator Wim van Herreweghe said: "We have made enough agreements with the various parties involved." Van Herreweghe continued by saying: "They will take care that the Koppenberg will be in a good condition during the Tour of Flanders. This hill is a monument with a nostalgic atmosphere."

Spectators will be allowed at the climb but the race organisation will take special security measures. The Koppenberg is the seventh of 17 hills after 195 kilometres and with 69 kilometres to go.

The organisation took out the Kortekeer in favour of the Koppenberg and had to make a slight change in the route. The distance of the 92nd Tour of Flanders stayed the same (264 kilomteres).

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