The Kortekeer, a hill in Maarkedal, first featured in the Tour in 1988 when the Koppenberg was removed from the route due to its condition at the time and the danger it posed. The Kortekeer, however, earned a long-standing place in the Tour of Flanders but faded into oblivion when the Koppenberg was once again included into Flanders’Finest in 2008. 1 km long, with an average incline of 6.4 % and an incline of 17 % at its steepest point. © Photonews

The Kortekeer, a hill in Maarkedal, first featured in the Tour of Flanders in 1988 when the Koppenberg was removed from the route due to its condition at the time and the danger it posed. The Kortekeer, however, earned a long-standing place in the Tour of Flanders but faded into obscurity when the Koppenberg was once again included into Flanders’Finest in 2008. 1 km long, with an average incline of 6.4 % and an incline of 17 % at its steepest point, the hill is now a valuable addition to the middle of the race, being climbed after the first ascent of the Oude Kwaremont, the steep corner near the summit seems to serve as a launchpad for a doomed breakaway every year.

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