Ronde van Drenthe to go ahead without its cobbled sections

Audrey Cordon-Ragot (FRA) across the Exloo cobbles at Ronde van Drenthe 2019, a 165.7 km road race from Zuidwolde to Hoogeveen, Netherlands on March 17, 2019. Photo by Sean Robinson/

The cancellation of Friday’s Drentse Acht also has an impact on tomorrow’s Ronde van Drenthe. Normally, the race heads into the forests and tackles the cobbled sections under the tree cover. However, with the snow continuing to fall, the race organisers have decided to pull the cobbled sections from this year’s Ronde van Drenthe.

17 kilometres of cobbles normally feature in the Dutch race however with the snow and no hope of clearing it to provide a safe course, they are gone from the race route. The VAMberg is still uncertain ahead of tomorrow’s race with efforts to clear the closed roads well underway.

A decision will be made on the race tomorrow morning after the situation is clearer with how much snow and ice is still on the roads of the Drenthe region.

Lorena Wiebes has won the last 2 editions of Ronde van Drenthe.

Main photo credit: Sean Robinson