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2018 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (HC), Belgium

70th edition: Sunday, February 25, 2018

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne podium history | 2017 edition | Photos | Start list

Kuurne - Brussel - Kuurne, 200 km

Dylan Groenewegen

Dylan Groenewegen wins the 70th edition of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Sirotti photo

Weather at Brussels at 1:30 PM, local time: Sunny, 1C (34F) with the wind from the ENE at 21 km/hr (13mph). Winds could gust to 30 km/hr

The race: here's the report from winner Dylan Groenewegen's LottoNL-Jumbo team.

Dylan Groenewegen has taken a convincing win in the 70th edition of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. The 24-year-old resident of Amsterdam remained cool-blooded during the hectic course and won his fourth race of the season. For Groenewegen, it also meant his first classic victory in his career.

For a long time, it didn’t look like the course was going to end in a sprint. Groenewegen remained extremely cool, thanks to the teamwork of Maarten Wynants deep in the final and the entire team in the lead-up to it. Timo Roosen and Bert-Jan Lindeman in particular proved to be very valuable when the peloton fell apart in different groups after the Oude Kwaremont. Amund Grondahl Jansen once again saw a strong race wrecked after a double puncture at a crucial phase in the race.

Groenewegen was lyrical about the team. “I may have won this sprint very easily, but the two hundred kilometres before that were anything but easy. It was cold, very windy and at times the pace was very high. After the Oude Kwaremont the peloton broke into several groups and I ended up in the third group. But the team brought me back to the front perfectly. This way, I could get back in a good position. Even when Steven increased the gap, we never panicked. Maarten helped me a lot in the final and I could finish it off nicely.

"This is a very good victory and one for the entire team. When I started my sprint, I knew it was early, but I also knew I could finish it off. The fact that I have won here proves that I can handle the heavier classic work. This is a nice confirmation”, said Groenewegen, who is aiming for more success in Paris-Nice next week.

Complete Results:

Photos

200 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.141 km/hr
174 starters, 91 classified finishers, 83 abandons

1 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo 4hr 51min 41sec
2 Arnaud Démare FDJ s.t.
3 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain-Merida s.t.
4 Pim Ligthart Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
5 Justin Jules WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
6 Jempy Drücker BMC s.t.
7 Guillaume Boivin Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
8 Lukasz Wisniowski Sky s.t.
9 Julien Vermote Dimension Data s.t.
10 Timothy Dupont Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
11 Oliver Naesen Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
12 Yves Lampaert Quick-Step Floors s.t.
13 Nils Politt Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
14 Tom Van Asbroeck Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
15 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal s.t.
16 Matteo Trentin Orica-Scott s.t.
17 Vyacheslav Kuznetsov Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
18 Bert Van Lerberghe Cofidis s.t.
19 Zakkari Dempster Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
20 Michael Goolaerts Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
21 Kenny Dehaes WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
22 Giacomo Nizzolo Trek-Segafredo s.t.
23 Thomas Boudat Direct Energie s.t.
24 Aleksejs Saramotins Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
25 Iljo Keisse Quick-Step Floors s.t.
26 Gediminas Bagdonas Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
27 Andreas Schillinger Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
28 Marco Marcato UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
29 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
30 Jenthe Biermans Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
31 Kristijan Koren Bahrain-Merida s.t.
32 Tom Bohli BMC s.t.
33 Mathew Hayman Orica-Scott s.t.
34 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
35 Tiesj Benoot Lotto-Soudal s.t.
36 Yoann Offredo Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
37 Quentin Jauregui Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
38 Jasper Stuyven Trek-Segafredo s.t.
39 Nico Denz Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
40 Matti Breschel Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
41 Julien Mortier WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
42 Ryan Mullen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
43 Tosh Van der Sande Lotto-Soudal s.t.
44 Luka Pibernik Bahrain-Merida s.t.
45 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal s.t.
46 Romain Cardis Direct Energie s.t.
47 Julien Duval Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
48 Mathias De Witte Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
49 Marc Sarreau FDJ s.t.
50 Christopher Juul-Jensen Orica-Scott s.t.
51 Reto Hollenstein Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
52 August Jensen Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
53 Stijn Vandenbergh Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
54 Niki Terpstra Quick-Step Floors s.t.
55 Francisco Ventoso BMC s.t.
56 Greg Van Avermaet BMC s.t.
57 Nikolas Maes Lotto-Soudal s.t.
58 Luke Durbridge Orica-Scott s.t.
59 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
60 Dimitri Claeys Cofidis s.t.
61 Sep Vanmarcke Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
62 Jacopo Guarnieri FDJ +17''
63 Huub Duyn Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
64 Nathan Van Hooydonck BMC s.t.
65 Pieter Weening Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
66 Michal Golas Sky s.t.
67 Alberto Bettiol BMC s.t.
68 Dries Devenyns Quick-Step Floors +31''
69 Ramon Sinkeldam FDJ +33''
70 Dylan van Baarle Sky +50''
71 Jens Keukeleire Lotto-Soudal +1' 20''
72 Mitch Docker Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
73 Adrien Petit Direct Energie +1' 21''
74 Dmitriy Gruzdev Astana +3' 52''
75 Oliviero Troia UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
76 Grega Bole Bahrain-Merida s.t.
77 Heinrich Haussler Bahrain-Merida s.t.
78 Tim Declercq Quick-Step Floors s.t.
79 Stijn Devolder Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
80 Oscar Gatto Astana s.t.
81 Mads Pedersen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
82 Jelle Wallays Lotto-Soudal s.t.
83 Maxime Vantomme WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
84 Silvan Dillier Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
85 Christophe Noppe Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise s.t.
86 Sebastian Langeveld Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
87 Alexey Lutsenko Astana s.t.
88 Hugo Hofstetter Cofidis s.t.
89 Michael Valgren Astana s.t.
90 Truls Korsæth Astana s.t.
91 Coen Vermeltfoort Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.

2018 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Dylan Groenewegen

Dylan Groenewegen is the winner.

Dylan Groenewegen

Winner Dylan Groenewegen right after the finish

Dylan Groenewegen

Winner Dylan Groenewegen

Podium

The podium, from left: Arnaud Démare (2nd), Dylan Groenewegen & Sonny Colbrelli (3rd)

Course map:

Kuurne-brussels-kuurne-map

Start list with back numbers: February 24, 2018

TREK - SEGAFREDFO
DS: Demol Dirk
1 Stuyven Jasper
2 Nizzolo Giacomo
3 Pedersen Mads
4 Rast Gregory
5 Reijnen Kiel
6 Mullen Ryan
7 Van Poppel Boy
 
TEAM SKY
DS: Knaven Servais
11 Dibben Jonathan
12 Knees Christian
13 Lawless Christopher
14 Golas Michal
15 Van Baarle Dylan
16 Doull Owain
17 Wisniowski Lukasz
 
LOTTO - SOUDAL
DS: Frison Herman
21 Benoot Tiesj
22 Maes Nikolas
23 Keukeleire Jens
24 Van Der Sande Tosh
25 Debusschere Jens
26 De Buyst Jasper
27 Wallays Jelle
 
KATUSHA - ALPECIN
DS: Mikhaylov Gennady
31 Matthis Marco
32 Schmidt Mads Wurtz
33 Planckaert Baptiste
34 Politt Nils
35 Kuznetsov Viacheslav
36 Hollenstein Reto
37 Biermans Jenthe
 
QUICK-STEP FLOORS
DS: Peeters Wilfried
41 Gaviria Rendon Fernando
42 Richeze Massimiliano
43 Terpstra Niki
44 Declercq Tim
45 Keisse Ilio
46 Devenyns Dries
47 Lampaert Yves
 
BORA - HANSGROHE
DS: Radochla Steffen
51 Saramotins Aleksejs
52 Schillinger Andreas
53 Bennett Sam
54 Burghardt Marcus
55 Schwarzmann Michael
56 Oss Daniel
57 Pfingsten Christoph
 
FDJ
DS: Guesdon Frédéric
61 Démare Arnaud
62 . Delage Michel
63 Duchesne Antoine
64 Sarreau Marc
65 Sinkeldam Ramon
66 Le Gac Olivier
67 Guarnieri Jacopo
 
MITCHELTON - SCOTT
DS: Lapage Lorenzo
71 Trentin Matteo
72 Hayman Matthew
73 Hepburn Michael
74 Jensen Juul
75 Durbridge Luke
76 Hamilton Lucas
77 Edmondson Alexander
 
BMC RACING TEAM
DS: Lodewyck Klaas
81 Van Avermaet Greg
82 Van Hooydonck Nathan
83 Ventoso Francisco
84 Drucker Jean-Pierre
85 Bohli Tom
86 Bettiol Alberto
87 Vliegen Loic
 
AG 2R - LA MONDIALE
DS: Jurdie Julien
91 Naesen Olivier
92 Denz Nico
93 Duval Julien
94 Jaurregui Quentin
95 Vandenbergh Stijn
96 Dillier Stefan
97 Bagdonas Gediminas
 
TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO
DS: Boven Jan
101 Groenewegen Dylan
102 Jansen Amund
103 Leezer Tom
104 Lindeman Bert-Jan
105 Tankink Bram
106 Roosen Timo
107 Wynants Maarten
 
EF EDUCATION FIRST - DRAPAC
DS: Vanmarcke Ken
111 Vanmarcke Sep
112 Breschel Matti
113 Langeveld Sebastian
114 Modolo Sacha
115 Scully Tom
116 Vanasbroeck Tom
117 Docker Mitchell
 
BAHRAIN - MERIDA
DS: Hoffman Tristan
121 Colbrelli Sonny
122 Bozic Borut
123 Bole Grega
124 Garcia Cortina Ivan
125 Koren Krisjian
126 Pibernik Luka
127 Haussler Heinrich Friedrich
 
ASTANA PRO TEAM
DS: Michaelsen Lars
131 Valgren Andersen Michael
132 De Vreese Laurens
133 Gatto Oscar
134 Gruzdev Dmitriy
135 Lutsenko Alexey
136 Korsaeth Truls
137 Magnus Nielsen Cort
 
UAE TEAM EMIRATES
DS: Scirea Mario
141 Bono Matteo
142 Consonni Simone
143 Ganna Filippo
144 Marcato Marco
145 Riabushenko Aleksandr
146 Swift Ben
147 Troia Oliviero
 
TEAM DIMENSION DATA
DS: Heynderickx Jean-Pierre
151 Hagen Edvald Boasson
152 Eisel Bernhard
153 Dougall Nicolas
154 Gibbons Ryan
155 Thomson Jay
156 Thwaites Scott
157 Vermote Julien
 
TEAM FORTUNEO - SAMSIC
DS: Hinault Sebastien
161 Welten Bram
162 Gerard Arnaud
163 Jarrier Benoit
164 Perichon Pierre-Luc
165 Svendgaard Michael
166 Daniel Maxime
167 Vachon Florian
 
SPORT VLAAANDEREN - BALOISE
DS: De Clercq Hans
171 Farazijn Maxime
172 Warlop Jordi
173 Noppe Christophe
174 Menten Milan
175 Deltombe Kevin
176 Allegaert Piet
177 Verwilst Aaron
 
COFIDIS SOLUTIONS CREDITS
DS: Deloeuil Alain
181 Hofstetter Hugo
182 Vanbilsen Kenneth
183 Claeys Dimitri
184 Van Lerberghe Bert
185 Van Staeyen Michael
186 Lemoine Cyril
187 Turgis Anthony
 
DIRECT ENERGIE
DS: Arnould Dominique
191 Boudat Thomas
192 Cardis Romain
193 Gaudin Damienoine
194 Pichot Alexandre
195 Sellier Simon
196 Gene Yohann
197 Petit Adrien
 
ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
DS: Van Lancker Eric
201 Sbaragli Kristian
202 Boivin Guillaume
203 Dempster Zakkari
204 Enger Sondre Holst
205 Perry Benjamin
206 Jensen August
207 Yechezkel Aviv
 
ROOMPOT - NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
DS: Breukink Erik
211 Wippert Wouter
212 Weening Pieter
213 Ariesen Tim
214 Gerts Floris
215 Ligthart Pim
216 Vermeltfoort Coen
217 Van Goethem Brian
 
WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT
DS: Vanderschueren Hilaire
221 Antonini Simone
222 Offredo Yoann
223 Dupont Timothy
224 McNally Mark
225 Van Keirsbulck Guillaume
226 Van Melsen Kevin
227 Vanspeybrouck Pieter
 
WB AQUA PROTECT - VERANCLASSIC
DS: Marichal Thierry
231 Dehaes Kenny
232 Duquennoy Jimmy
233 Ista Kevyn
234 Jules Justin
235 Mortier Julien
236 Six Franklin
237 Vantomme Maxime
 
VERANDA'S WILLEMS - CRELAN
DS: Elijzen Michiel
241 Devolder Stijn
242 Goolaerts Michael
243 Kruopis Aidis
244 Tanner David
245 Dewitte Mathias
246 Van Breusegem Elias
247 Duyn Huub