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Nokere Koerse wants to join Women’s WorldTour calendar

Amy Pieters Nokere Koerse 2021

Nokere Koerse has been part of the ProSeries since 2021 but now has a desire to push on into the Women’s WorldTour. Only taking place since 2019, the race has seen 2 wins by Lorena Wiebes and another in 2021 by Amy Pieters.

“We have the ambition to take the step to the WorldTour with our women’s race. After being the first organisation last year to offer equal prize money for men and women, we have proven how strongly we believe in our women’s competition. And we will continue to invest in this. We hope that the UCI will eventually give us the opportunity to advance to the highest level.”

Robrecht Bothuyne, race chairman

‘We are very happy with this recognition. Our men’s race is coming up to its 77th edition, our ladies are riding Danilith Nokere Koerse for the 4th time. We profile ourselves as THE Flemish cobbled race; that guarantees spectacle and excitement. The UCI clearly appreciates our organisation. We therefore received excellent reports from the race juries after the 2022 edition.’

Rony De Sloovere, managing director

Danilith Nokere Koerse will also start in Deinze in 2023 and again provides a selective course, with more than 25 kilometres for the men and more than 15 kilometres of cobbles for the women. The 2023 edition of Nokere Koerse is due to take place on March 15, 2023. It is down as a ProSeries race for now but will hope the 2024 calendar sees them in the Women’s WorldTour.