The Slijpstraat Kortendries is a col with a length of 2.5 kilometer. It is located in Zottegem, Vlaanderen, Belgium. The average grade of this col is 3.7% with a maximum of 7.1%. The Slijpstraat Kortendries ascents from 27 meter at the start, to 90 meter at the top, with a total of 77 ascending meters.
|Elevation gain||77 m|
|Average grade||3.7 %|
|Maximum grade||7.1 %|
|Minimum elevation||27 m|
|Maximum elevation||90 m|
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The Kortendries may not have featured in the Tour of Flanders very often, but in 1990 it played a crucial role. World champion Moreno Argentin broke away from the select company of the head pack while the rest hesitated. The finish line was still 35km away. The only rider who took up the Italian’s gauntlet was Rudy Dhaenens. Both remained in the lead but in the sprint, Dhaenens proved no match for the world champion. Eight years later, Rudy Dhaenens was killed in a car accident on the day of the Tour of Flanders. He was on his way to the finish in Meerbeke, where he was to commentate for Eurosport.