Stages

  • Eight special stages and more than 135km of competition are packed into Friday’s compact opening leg during a busy afternoon and evening within a 30km radius of Ypres. Almost 50 per cent of the itinerary is competitive.
  • After the opening Reninge - Vleteren, north of Ypres, the route heads south to Westouter - Boeschepe, Kemmelberg and Zonnebeke. After service the anti-clockwise loop is repeated as darkness approaches.
  • Saturday’s leg is almost as compact, squeezing eight more tests covering 119.92km into a 310.07km route. Most of the action is again south of Ypres, beginning with the 25.86km Hollebeke, the longest of the rally. Dikkebus and Watou follow before the short Mesen - Middellhoek precedes service. The loop is repeated in the afternoon.  
  • The focus switches 300km east on Sunday for a finale based around the iconic Spa-Francorchamps race circuit near the German border. Two runs of Stavelot - Malmedy sandwich Francorchamps, which includes roads at the track itself. The latter test is repeated as the closing Wolf Power Stage ahead of the podium at the circuit.
  • The 20 tests cover 295.78km.  

 

Iconic Stage

  • Kemmelberg – as famous to rally fans as it is to devotees of cycling’s spring classic races. The ascent of the famous Kemmelberg hill on cobblestones will force cars to fight for traction, especially if it is wet. The fast and flowing curves of the Monteberg climb follow later in the stage.

 

Service park

  • Located in the beautiful Grote Markt in Ypres town centre, in the Flanders region of north-west Belgium, which was authentically rebuilt after being destroyed during World War I. Hard to imagine a more picturesque service park.