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De Brabantse Pijl (HC), Belgium

La Flèche Brabançonne

De Brabantse Pijl (Flemish) or La Flèche Brabançonne (French) is a single day road race held in, unsurprisingly, in the Flemish Brabant and Walloone Brabant provinces in Belgium. The name means "The Brabant Arrow".

Traditionally the race was held on the Sunday before the Ronde van Vlaanderen but since 2010 it come on the Wednesday before the Amstel Gold Race, meaning mid-April; after the cobbled classics and before the Ardennes classics.

De Brabantse Pijl was first run in 1961 and won by a man with his own important Belgian race named after him, Pino Cerami.

With four victories, Edwig van Hooydonck has won The Brabant Arrow the most times.

Complete podium history:

Year

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Distance

Average Speed
km/hr

1961 Pino Cerami
4hr 44min 5sec
Michel van Aerde
@ 55sec
Willy Schroeders
@ s.t.
180 km 38.017
1962 Ludo Janssens
@ 5hr 22min 0sec
Robert de Middeleir
@ s.t.
Raymond Impanis
@ 3sec
185 km 34.47
1963 Jozef Wouters
4hr 42min 0sec
Emile Daems
@ 1sec
Gustaaf Desmet
@ 2sec
185 km 39.361
1964 Arnaldo Pambianco
5hr 10min 0sec
Yvo Molenaers
@ 2sec
Victor van Schil
@ s.t.
200 km 38.709
1965 Willy Bocklant
4hr 40min 0sec
Georges Vanconingsloo
@ 34sec
Piet Rentmeester
@ s.t.
177 km 37.91
1966 Jan Janssen
4hr 31min 0sec
Bastiaan Maliepaard
@ s.t.
Jos Van der Vleuten
@ s.t.
174 km 38.52
1967 Roger Rosiers
5hr 16min 0sec
Jan Lauwers
@ 1min 10sec
Emile Coppens
@ 2min 45sec
196 km 37.21
1968 Victor van Schil
4hr 28min 0sec
Willy Vanneste
@ s.t.
Eddy Beugels
@ s.t.
186 km 41.64
1969 Willy Int'Ven
4hr 30min 0sec
Jos Van der Vleuten
@ 5sec
Willy Monty
@ 8sec
180 km 40.00
1970 Herman van Springel
4hr 25min 0sec
Victor van Schil
@ 45sec
Georges Pintens
@ 51sec
184 km 41.66
1971 Joseph Spruyt
4h 39min 0sec
Eddy Merckx
@ 2min 43sec
Roger de Vlaeminck
@ 2min 48sec
193 km 41.51
1972 Eddy Merckx
4hr 5min 0sec
Herman van Spingel
@ s.t.
Roger Swerts
@ s.t.
170 km 41.62
1973 Johan de Muynck
4hr 16min 0sec
Victor van Schil
@ 7sec
Herman van Springel
@ 12sec
170 km 39.84
1974 Herman van Springel
4hr 8min 0sec
Frans Verbeeck
@ 45sec
Freddy Maertens
@ s.t.
168 km 40.65
1975 Willem Peeters
4hr 12min 0sec
Michel Pollentier
@ s.t.
Gerrie Knetemann
@ s.t.
166 km 39.52
1976 Freddy Maertens
4hr 12min 0sec
Eddy Merckx
@ 5sec
Frans Verbeeck
@ 18sec
160 km 38.01
1977 Frans Verbeeck
4hr 20min 0sec
Gerrie Knetemann
@ 2sec
Willy Teirlinck
@ 7sec
166 km 38.31
1978 Marcel Laurens
4hr 16min 0sec
Herman van Springel
@ 8sec
Ludo Peeters
@ s.t.
160 km 37.50
1979 Daniel Willems
4h 17min 0sec
Gerrie Knetemann
@ 5sec
Eddy Schepers
@ 7sec
166 km 38.754
1980 Michel Pollentier
4hr 8min 0sec
Sean Kelly
@ 45sec
Alfons van Katwijk
@ s.t.
166 km 40.161
1981 Roger de Vlaeminck
4hr 15min 0sec
Guido van Calster
@ s.t.
Johnny Broers
@ s.t.
166 km 39.058
1982 Claude Criquiélion
3hr 58min 0sec
Eddy planckaert
@ 1min 5sec
Ronny van Holen
@ s.t.
166 km 41.848
1983 Eddy Planckaert
4hr 0min 0sec
Rudy Matthijs
@ s.t.
Alfons de Wolf
@ 22sec
166 km 41.50
1984 Ronny van Holen
4hr 16min 52sec
Théo de Rooy
@ s.t.
Paul Heghedooren
@ s.t.
172 km 39.917
1985 Adri Van der Poel
4hr 18min 9sec
Jean-Marie Wampers
@ 5sec
Laurent Fignon
@ 8sec
172 km 39.948
1986 Johan Van der Velde
4hr 19min 0sec
Eddy planckaert
@ 12sec
Théo de Rooy
s.t.
179 km 41.467
1987 Edwig van Hooydonck
5hr 54min 0sec
Peter Harings
@ 1min 5sec
Jean-Marie Wampers
@ 1min 11sec
227km 38.475
1988 Johan Capiot
5hr 50min 0sec
Jean-Philippe Vandenbrande
@ 32sec
Rolf Gölz
@ s.t.
229 km 39.257
1989 Johan Capiot
4hr 44min 0sec
Adri Van der Poel
@ s.t.
Dirk de Wolf
@ s.t.
194 km 40.985
1990 Frans Maassen
4hr 38min 40sec
Johan Capiot
@ 2min 39sec
Noël Segers
@ s.t.
190 km 40.909
1991 Edwig van Hooydonck
4h 22min 0sec
Dirk de Wolf
@ s.t.
Maurizio Fondriest
@ 16sec
178 km 40.763
1992 Johan Capiot
4hr 45min 45sec
Paul Haghedooren
@ s.t.
Mario de Clercq
@ s.t.
186 km 37.607
1993 Edwig van Hooydonck
4hr 29min 25sec
Franco Ballerini
@ s.t.
Andrei Tchmil
@ s.t.
185 km 41.200
1994 Michele Bartoli
4hr 36min 45sec
Maarten den Bakker
@ s.t.
Gianni Bugno
@ 10sec
185 km 40.108
1995 Edwig van Hooydonck
4hr 30min 0sec
Alexandre Gontchenkov
@ 6sec
Dimitri Konyshev
@ s.t.
187 km 41.555
1996 Johan Museeuw
4hr 20min 5sec
Edwig van Hooydonck
@ s.t.
Gianluca Pianegonda
@ 4sec
181 km 41.755
1997 Gianluca Pianegonda
4hr 13min 0sec
Maarten den Bakker
@ s.t.
Michael Boogerd
@ s.t.
183 km 43.399
1998 Johna Museeuw
4hr 15min 50sec
Germano Pierdomenico
@ 5sec
Michael Boogerd
@ 12sec
193.7 km 45.428
1999 Michele Bartoli
4hr 43min 15sec
Mchael Boogerd
@ 2sec
Daniele Nardello
@ 13sec
194 km 41.094
2000 Johan Museeuw
4hr 33min 43sec
Nico Mattan
@ 7sec
Rolf Sörensen
@ 10sec
194 km 42.525
2001 Michael Boogerd
4hr 31min 10sec
Scott Sunderland
@ s.t.
Axel Merckx
@ s.t.
194 km 42.925
2002 Fabien de Waele
4hr 30min 10sec
Erwin Thijs
@ s.t.
Chris Peers
@ s.t.
192.5 km 42.751
2003 Michael Boogerd
4hr 31min 0sec
Oscar Freire
@ 9sec
Luca Paolini
@ s.t.
192.5 km 42.619
2004 Luca Paolini
4hr 30min 0sec
Michael Boogerd
@ s.t.
Nico Sijmens
@ s.t.
199.3 km 44.288
2005 Oscar Freire
4hr 31min 16sec
Marc Lotz
@ s.t.
Axel Merckx
@ s.t.
198.3 km 43.860
2006 Oscar Freire
4hr 20min 51sec
Karsten Kroon
@ s.t.
Nick Nuyens
@ s.t.
190.0 km 43.703
2007 Oscar Freire
4hr 45min 0sec
Nick Nuyens
@ s.t.
Kim Kirchen
@ s.t.
200 km 42.105
2008 Sylvain Chavanel
4hr 44min 38sec
Philippe Gilbert
@ 29sec
Juan Antonio Flecha
@ 37sec
192.7 km 40.620
2009 Anthony Geslin
4hr 22min 0sec
Jérôme Pineau
@ s.t.
Fabian Wegmann
@ s.t.
194.5 km 44.541
2010 Sébastien Rosseler
4hr 45min 7sec
Thomas de Gendt
@ s.t.
Jürgen Van de Walle
@ s.t.
200.5 km 42.193
2011 Philippe Gilbert
4hr 40min 38sec
Björn Leukemans
@ s.t.
Anthony Geslin
@ 1min 3sec
200 km 42.760
2012 Thomas Voeckler
4hr 49min 2sec
Oscar Freire
@ 1min 11sec
Pieter Serry
@ s.t.
195.2 km 40.521
2013 Peter Sagan
4hr 45min 5sec
Philippe Gilbert
@ s.t.
Björn Leukemans
@ 4sec
200 km 42.093
2014 Philippe Gilbert
4hr 54min 26sec
Michael Matthews
@ s.t.
Tony Gallopin
@ s.t.
203.1 km 41.388
2015 Ben Hermans
4hr 45min 14sec
Michael Matthews
@ 2sec
Philippe Gilbert
@ s.t.
205.4 km 43.123
2016 Petr Vakoc
4hr 48min 50sec
Enrico Gasparotto
@ 6sec
Tony Gallopin
@ 12sec
205.3 km 42.647
2017 Sonny Colbrelli
4hr 44min 22sec
Petr Vakoc
@ s.t.
Tiesj Benoot
@ s.t.
197 km 41.132 km/hr