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2023 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (1.Pro), Belgium

75th edition: Sunday, February 26, 2023
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Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, 193.1 km

Tiesj Benoot is first, and his teammate behind him, Nathan Van Hooydonck is headed for second.

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Weather at the start/finish city of Kuurne at 1:30 PM, local time: 4C (40F), sunny, with the wind from the northeast at 29 km/hr (18 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from winner Tiesj Benoot's Team Jumbo-Visma.

Tiesj Benoot has won Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne after some incomparable team play to complete a Team Jumbo-Visma domination of the Flemish Opening Weekend. The Belgian of Team Jumbo-Visma seized the perfect moment to ride away from the leading group in a thrilling final. Nathan Van Hooydonck completed the yellow-and-black formation's celebration by finishing second.

Team Jumbo-Visma made another early move and tried to break up the peloton on the Flemish climbs. The attempt succeeded spectacularly. On Le Bourliquet, after an acceleration by Jan Tratnik, a group of five with Van Hooydonck and Benoot rode away from the peloton. They quickly grabbed a one-and-a-half-minute lead.

40 kilometers to go: Jumbo-Visma throws high heat.

Behind the leading group, the sprinters' teams looked to each other to chase. Christophe Laporte, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner Dylan Van Baarle and Tratnik followed in their wheels. Slowly some of the lead was chipped away, but the break worked well together. The peloton couldn't close the gap and the five at the front went on to battle for the win. Van Hooydonck opened the fight by attacking and it was especially hard for Matej Mohoric to catch him. After this the poker began and Benoot attacked at the right moment in the final kilometre. Van Hooydonck paused and the bird had flown. Laporte also won the bunch sprint to finish sixth.

"Two out of two is really incredible," a very happy Benoot stammered. "It was another great performance by the team. We wanted to attack early and it worked perfectly on Le Bourliquet. I want to dedicate this victory to my girlfriend and my little daughter. It's partly thanks to them that I am here at this level. It's brilliant to be able to win already after my difficult period," Benoot referred to his long absence.

The 28-year-old Benoot knew he couldn't let it come down to the sprint. "Nathan and I wanted to play the game with the two of us. I had the impression that Wellens and Mohoric were gambling on the sprint. Nathan attacked strongly at three kilometres from the finish and Mohoric struggled to close that gap. Then I seized my moment in the last kilometre. I knew I had to push full on to exhaust the rest for the sprint, so Nathan could then be the fastest. We executed our plan perfectly."

Runner-up Van Hooydonck also felt excellent throughout the day. "We took full advantage of our opportunity. I worked hard towards this period and this is really a dream start. For the same to be true, I would have managed to win. We wanted to bring on the race early. The main climbs of this race are not in the final. We had made a plan and we were fully committed to it. Christophe is also very fast, but we knew there could be a couple of guys who were faster on this finish. Then you have to try to create a different situation. It's tremendously nice to race in this team."

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193.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.507 km/hr

1 Tiesj Benoot Jumbo-Visma 4hr 32min 34sec
2 Nathan Van Hooydonck Jumbo-Visma @ 1sec
3 Matej Mohoric Bahrain Victorious s.t.
4 Taco Van Der Hoorn Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
5 Tim Wellens UAE Team Emirates s.t.
6 Christophe Laporte Jumbo-Visma 0:43
7 Arnaud De Lie Lotto Dstny s.t.
8 Jordi Meeus Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
9 Fabio Jakobsen Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
10 Jasper Stuyven Trek-Segafredo s.t.
11 Iván García Cortina Movistar s.t.
12 Jonathan Milan Bahrain Victorious s.t.
13 Piet Allegaert Cofidis s.t.
14 Kaden Groves Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
15 Luca Mozzato Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
16 Sep Vanmarcke Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
17 Dries Van Gestel TotalEnergies s.t.
18 Sam Watson Groupama-FDJ s.t.
19 Olivier Le Gac Groupama-FDJ s.t.
20 Rui Oliveira UAE Team Emirates s.t.
21 Anders Skaarseth Uno-X s.t.
22 Bryan Coquard Cofidis s.t.
23 Toms Skujins Trek-Segafredo s.t.
24 Magnus Sheffield INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
25 Sean Flynn Team DSM s.t.
26 Gilles De Wilde Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
27 Alex Kirsch Trek-Segafredo s.t.
28 Alexis Renard Cofidis s.t.
29 Filippo Colombo Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
30 Pascal Ackermann UAE Team Emirates 0:48
31 Andrea Pasqualon Bahrain Victorious s.t.
32 Florian Vermeersch Lotto Dstny s.t.
33 Peter Sagan TotalEnergies 0:50
34 Jan Tratnik Jumbo-Visma 0:52
35 Dylan Van Baarle Jumbo-Visma s.t.
36 Davide Ballerini Soudal Quick-Step 0:56
37 Fred Wright Bahrain Victorious s.t.
38 Connor Swift INEOS Grenadiers 1:17
39 Brent Van Moer Lotto Dstny 1:43
40 Florian Sénéchal Soudal Quick-Step 2:43
41 Giacomo Nizzolo Israel-Premier Tech 7:47
42 Max Walscheid Cofidis s.t.
43 Alexander Kristoff Uno-X s.t.
44 Tom Van Asbroeck Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
45 Filip Maciejuk Bahrain Victorious s.t.
46 Casper Van Uden Team DSM s.t.
47 Kristoffer Halvorsen Uno-X s.t.
48 Edvald Boasson-Hagen TotalEnergies s.t.
49 Erik Resell Uno-X 7:50
50 Arne Marit Intermarché-Circus-Wanty 7:52
51 Elias Maris Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
52 Ward Vanhoof Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
53 Marco Haller Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
54 Nils Politt Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
55 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck Bingoal-WB s.t.
56 Tim Naberman Team DSM s.t.
57 Luis-Joe Lührs Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
58 Dries De Pooter Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
59 André Carvalho Cofidis s.t.
60 Lewis Askey Groupama-FDJ s.t.
61 Stanislaw Aniolkowski Human Powered Health s.t.
62 Jonas Koch Bora-hansgrohe 7:58
63 Remy Mertz Bingoal-WB s.t.
64 Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
65 Matteo Jorgenson Movistar s.t.
66 Christopher Juul-Jensen Jayco-AlUla s.t.
67 Rasmus Tiller Uno-X 8:03
68 Fabian Lienhard Groupama-FDJ s.t.
69 Max Kanter Movistar s.t.
70 Arjen Livyns Lotto Dstny s.t.
71 Lluis Mas Movistar s.t.
72 Alan Riou Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
73 Frederik Frison Lotto Dstny s.t.
74 Mathijs Paasschens Lotto Dstny s.t.
75 Christophe Noppe Cofidis s.t.
76 Yves Lampaert Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
77 Jelle Wallays Cofidis s.t.
78 Brandon Rivera INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
79 Oliver Naesen Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
80 Daniel McLay Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
81 Greg Van Avermaet Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
82 Axel Laurance Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
83 Yevgeniy Fedorov Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
84 Michael Schär Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
85 Zdenek Stybar Jayco-AlUla s.t.
86 Sjoerd Bax UAE Team Emirates s.t.
87 Ide Schelling Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
88 Tobias Ludvigsson Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
89 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
90 Bauke Mollema Trek-Segafredo s.t.
91 Timo Kielich Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
92 Per Strand Hagenes Jumbo-Visma s.t.
93 Pierre Gautherat Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
94 Antonio Puppio Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
95 Anthony Turgis TotalEnergies s.t.
96 Lawrence Naesen Ag2r-Citroën 8:17


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2023 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Course map:

2023 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

The peloton strung out across the Belgian countryside.

Daniel Oss leads a break.

Looks like a nice day for a bike race.

The winning break works to stay away,

The peloton follows.

In the city of Kuurne. This might be the winning attack by Benoot.

Tiesj Benoot beats his fellow breakaways for the win.

Nathan Van Hooydonck wins the field sprint for second.

The podium, from left: Nathan Van Hooydonck (2nd), Tiesj Benoot (1st) & Matej Mohoric (3rd)

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Start list with back numbers, February 25, 2023:

Soudal Quick-Step
1 Fabio Jakobsen
2 Jannik Steimle
3 Davide Ballerini
4 Yves Lampaert
5 Casper Pedersen
6 Florian Sénéchal
7 Stan Van Tricht
DS: Wilfried Peeters
11 Dylan Van Baarle
12 Tiesj Benoot
13 Edoardo Affini
14 Christophe Laporte
15 Jan Tratnik
16 Nathan Van Hooydonck
17 Per Strand Hagenes
DS: Arthur Van Dongen
21 Jasper Stuyven
22 Filippo Baroncini
23 Alex Kirsch
24 Bauke Mollema
25 Jacopo Mosca
26 Toms Skujiņš
27 Mathias Vacek
DS: Luc Meersman
31 Nico Denz
32 Marco Haller
33 Jonas Koch
34 Luis-Joe Lührs
35 Jordi Meeus
36 Nils Politt
37 Ide Schelling
DS: Torsten Schmidt
41 David Dekker
42 Daniel McLay
43 Alan Riou
44 Clément Russo
45 Kévin Ledanois
46 Luca Mozzato
47 Donavan Grondin
DS: Sébastien Hinault
51 Greg Van Avermaet
52 Lawrence Naesen
53 Oliver Naesen
54 Valentin Retailleau
55 Michael Schär
56 Bastien Tronchon
57 Pierre Gautherat
DS: Julien Jurdie
Bahrain Victorious
61 Jonathan Milan
62 Filip Maciejuk
63 Matej Mohorič
64 Andrea Pasqualon
65 Fred Wright
66 Dušan Rajović
67 Cameron Scott
DS: Enrico Poitschke
71 Niccolò Bonifazio
72 Dries De Pooter
73 Rune Herregodts
74 Arne Marit
75 Madis Mihkels
76 Baptiste Planckaert
77 Taco Van Der Hoorn
DS: Steven De Neef
81 Jasper Philipsen
82 Samuel Gaze
83 Kaden Groves
84 Robbe Ghys
85 Silvan Dillier
86 Axel Laurance
87 Timo Kielich
DS: Frederik Willems
91 Lewis Askey
92 Olivier Le Gac
93 Fabian Lienhard
94 Paul Penhoët
95 Miles Scotson
96 Jake Stewart
97 Samuel Watson
DS: Frédéric Guesdon
UAE Team Emirates
101 Pascal Ackermann
102 Sjoerd Bax
104 Rui Oliveira
105 Matteo Trentin
106 Michael Vink
107 Tim Wellens
DS: Marco Marcato
Astana Qazaqstan
111 Leonardo Basso
113 Manuele Boaro
114 Yevgeniy Gidich
115 Yevgeniy Fedorov
116 Martin Laas
117 Gleb Syritsa
DS: Stefano Zanini
Team DSM
121 Patrick Bevin
122 Alberto Dainese
123 Nils Eekhoff
124 Leon Heinschke
125 Sean Flynn
126 Tim Naberman
127 Casper Van Uden
DS: Pim Ligthart
INEOS Grenadiers
131 Brandon Rivera
132 Michał Kwiatkowski
134 Luke Rowe
135 Magnus Sheffield
136 Connor Swift
DS: Ian Stannard
Lotto Dstny
141 Arnaud De Lie
142 Frederik Frison
143 Arjen Livyns
144 Mathijs Paasschens
145 Liam Slock
146 Brent Van Moer
147 Florian Vermeersch
DS: Nikolas Maes
151 Bryan Coquard
152 Piet Allegaert
153 Andre Carvalho
154 Christophe Noppe
155 Alexis Renard
156 Jelle Wallays
157 Max Walscheid
DS: Alain Deloeuil
161 Peter Sagan
162 Lorrenzo Manzin
163 Daniel Oss
164 Edvald Boasson Hagen
165 Jason Tesson
166 Anthony Turgis
167 Dries Van Gestel
DS: Dominique Arnould
Team Jayco Alula
171 Alexandre Balmer
172 Christopher Juul-Jensen
173 Luke Durbridge
174 Felix Engelhardt
175 Kelland O'Brien
176 Lukas Pöstlberger
177 Zdeněk Štybar
DS: Mathew Hayman
Team Movistar
181 Iván García Cortina
182 Imanol Erviti
183 Matteo Jorgenson
184 Max Kanter
185 Lluís Mas
186 Mathias Norsgaard
187 Iván Romeo
DS: José Vicente García Acosta
Team Flanders-Baloise
191 Ruben Apers
192 Toon Clynhens
193 Gilles De Wilde
194 Milan Fretin
195 Alex Colman
196 Elias Maris
197 Ward Vanhoof
DS: Hans De Clercq
Israel-Premier Tech
201 Guillaume Boivin
202 Giacomo Nizzolo
203 Jens Reynders
204 Guy Sagiv
205 Tom Van Asbroeck
206 Sep Vanmarcke
207 Rick Zabel
DS: Dirk Demol
Team Uno-X Pro Cycling
211 Alexander Kristoff
212 Rasmus Tiller
213 Kristoffer Halvorsen
214 Anders Skaarseth
215 Erik Nordsaeter Resell
216 Louis Bendixen
217 Søren Waerenskjold
DS: Leonard Snoeks
221 Louis Blouwe
222 Rémy Mertz
223 Karl Patrick Lauk
224 Matteo Malucelli
225 Alexander Salby
226 Nathan Vandepitte
227 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
DS: Sébastien Demarbaix
Team Q36.5 Pro Cycling
231 Antonio Puppio
232 Jack Bauer
233 Kamil Małecki
234 Matteo Moschetti
235 Alessandro Fedeli
236 Tobias Ludvigsson
237 Filippo Colombo
DS: Aart Vierhouten
Human Powered Health
241 Stanisław Aniołkowski
242 Alan Banaszek
243 Matthew Gibson
244 August Jensen
245 Benjamin Perry
246 Sasha Weemaes
247 Stephen Bassett
DS: Hendrik Redant