78th Danilith Nokere Koerse
Three in a row for Merlier?
Danilith Nokere Koerse is a real tradition race, in 2023 we are at the 78th edition. Already sure, it will be another top edition!
Traditions are important, but so is innovation. Once again, we will present a modified route. The start in Deinze and the finish in Nokereberg will remain unchanged. But in between, the number of cobbled sections will be upgraded without trying to copy other spring races. In total, the riders will have 1207 altimeters spread over 13 climbs, 8 of which are cobbled. In total, the riders float 25 kilometres over cobblestones. These are largely on the local circuit through Kruisem. The last 3 km are also modified, following immediately after leaving the cobblestones of the Huisepontweg. We are limiting the distance of the race to 188.1 kilometres. This way, we want to make it an attractive race.
Last year, we got an exciting edition. Vanmarcke, Vermeersch & Pithie almost managed to stay out of the grip of the peloton. But in the end, Bert Van Lerberghe dragged the peloton and especially its leader Tim Merlier back to the front of the race. So in the final kilometre it came down to a sprint after all, with an ironclad Tim Merlier being able to leave Edward Theuns and Milan Menten behind. The first Belgian podium in almost 30 years!
It will be interesting to see whether a fast man wins again this year, or a hard rider in the breakaway after all. The provisional list of participants already includes some top sprinters with content as well as some guys who could completely break up the pack on the cobbles.