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The Recent History of E3 Harelbeke

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Mar 27, 2015 – This Friday on March 27, the E3 Harelbeke will be underway. The E3 Harelbeke has already had its share of popularity this year, after passing a controversial ad, which mimicked the controversial “butt grab” move by Peter Sagan last year. Aside from the nonsense, the Belgian classic, taking place in the Flanders area, has served as the prologue to the head-to-head classics clash for the usual suspects.

In the past, particularly in 2014, we saw Peter Sagan take an impressive win over rivals Niki Terpstra and Geraint Thomas, but the young Slovakian of Tinkoff-Saxo hasn’t lived up to his successful past. Will he come back to form at E3 Harelbeke? We don’t know. But what we do know, is that he will be facing some very stiff competition.

Firstly, Geraint Thomas will be on scene. He was third in the 2014 edition, and this year his form has been exceptional in the most recent races. He took a big chance and nearly gripped the Milan-San Remo, yet he was denied by a certain man by the name of John Degenkolb. Degenkolb, the big sprinter of Giant-Alpecin, pulled out an incredible win in Italy’s premiere classic. You can read about the Milan-San Remo here.

What would the classics be without Fabian Cancellara, winner of E3 Harelbeke in 2013, and one of the greatest classics riders of the era. Cancellara has won two races this year at the Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour of Oman, and the Swiss legend will certainly be challenging for the win at E3 this year.

Enjoy our full gallery of the action E3 Harelbeke has offered in recent years, courtesy of our photographer Yuzuru Sunada. For your extra viewing pleasure, the final kilometer of the 2014 E3 Harelbeke is below. Enjoy!

Final Kilometer of the 2014 E3 Harelbeke