The Tour of Flanders (Sunday, April 2) hasn’t quite felt the same since it was dropped ahead of the 2012 edition in favour of a brand-new finale, but thankfully the organisers have found room for it in this year’s adjusted course, which will start in Antwerp instead of Bruges.
Luke Rowe is targeting a podium finish at this Sunday’s Tour of Flanders. The 26-year-old will lead Team Sky’s challenge alongside Englishman Ian Stannard in the one-day classic.
Welshman Rowe, who has a top finish of third this season, feels improving on his fifth place at Flanders in 2016 is the next natural aim, having finished outside the top 50 in 2015.
The 2017 Tour of Flanders takes place in Belgium on Sunday, 2 April, with the gruelling 260.8km route including 18 climbs and cobbled sectors.
The following Sunday on 9 April riders will tackle Paris-Roubaix, the 257km route between Compiegne and Roubaix in Northern France, known also as Hell of the North.
Rowe feels he can make an impact in both races. He will then turn his attention to preparing for the Tour de France and helping team-mate Chris Froome win a fourth title.
After competing in the race in 2015 and 2016 the Welshman is very much looking forward to being involved again.