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The distinctly urban Diegem Superprestige stop stands out from the pastoral settings of most Belgian races. That this event has been run at night under artificial lighting since 2007 only adds to the mystique—and the party-like atmosphere. The race has been part of the Superprestige since the series’ inception in 1982 and figures prominently in the busy Kerstperiode (Christmastime) schedule.
Few cyclocross races feature as much asphalt as Diegem. The race starts just outside the town center and winds through several parks connected by long stretches on the road.
The course brings together a wide variety of terrain: asphalt, forest, grass, hard-packed dirt paths, and several fly-overs and staircases. Without a single highly selective feature, it favors a well-rounded racer and often is won by clever tactics in the final lap.
2014: Mathieu van der Poel, Marianne Vos
2013: Sven Nys, Sanne Cant
2012: Niels Albert, Katerina Nash
2011: Niels Albert, Marianne Vos
2010: Niels Albert
2009: Niels Albert
2008: Zdeněk Štybar
2007: Sven Nys
2006: Sven Nys
2005: Gerben de Knegt
2004: Erwin Vervecken
2003: Bart Wellens
2002: Mario De Clercq
2001: Erwin Vervecken
2000: Sven Nys