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2023 Brussels Cycling Classic (1.Pro)
Formerly Paris-Brussels/Paris-Bruxelles

103rd edition: Sunday, June 4, 2023

Brussels Cycling Classic podium history | 2022 edition | 2024 edition | Course map & profile | Start list

Brussels - Brussels, 207.1 km

Arnaud Démare gets his second win in the Brussels Cycling Classic. He also won the 2017 edition.

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Weather at the start/finish city of Brussels at 2:00 PM, local time: 23C (73F), sunny, with the wind from the northeast at 14 km/hr (9 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from second-place Tobias Lund Andresen's Team DSM.

The peloton rolled out of Brussels this morning, faced with a 207 kilometre route that took on some of the famous climbs from the spring classics with a double passage of the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg. It was a steady start to proceedings with a four rider group going clear, and with all Team DSM riders in the bunch, focus remained on staying safe and saving energy for what was to come.

Approaching the first passage of the Muur the break’s advantage had reached a maximum of around four minutes but an increase in pace saw that fall dramatically and a group of around 20 riders forge clear from the peloton; which included Team DSM’s Tobias Lund Andresen, after some great positioning work by the rest of the team. With around 70 kilometres to go Lund Andresen’s group built up a 45 second advantage over the peloton and that’s where it hovered at for most of the race, as they swept up the remnants of the break on the second passage of the Muur.

Heading into the last 20 kilometres the gap fell to just 15 seconds at one point and it looked as if the peloton, where Pavel Bittner, Casper van Uden and Vlad Van Mechelen were, was going to come back. Yet the elastic snapped for the final time and the front group would go on to battle it out for the win. Due to the size of the group attacks were expected but Lund Andresen played it calm, allowing others to close down the moves and set up a sprint finish. Biding his time, Lund Andresen used his positioning skills to take up a strong slot near the front of the group before launching a powerful sprint on the uphill drag to the line. Giving everything he had, Arnaud Démare just came around the Team DSM rider in the closing 25 metres, with Lund Andresen taking a very credible and impressive second place.

Lund Andresen said: “The boys did an amazing job first time into the Muur which made it possible for me to get over in the first group. After the first time, I could just sit on and manage my energy. Going over the Muur the second time was more or less controlled and the same group made it the whole way to the finish. The last 50 kilometres I was on the verge of a cramp the whole way, so I’m very happy that I could finish on the podium in the sprint.”

Team DSM coach Pim Ligthart added: “I think today went according to plan. We wanted to have one of our fast guys at the head of the race in the important moments and Tobias made it into a 20 rider group after the Muur, which was good. It meant we then didn’t have to ride behind in the peloton but also Tobias could then play the card of the guys behind and not ride full gas in front either. He’s obviously in great shape at the moment, twice coming second in Norway recently. Today I think he did a really good sprint. He created a nice position for himself, opened up the sprint, did his own sprint, saw the line and went for it. He was beaten just on the line by Démare but it’s still a really nice result for the team.”

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Complete results:

207.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 44.087 km/hr

1 Arnaud Démare Groupama-FDJ 4hr 41min 50sec
2 Tobias Lund Andresen Team DSM s.t.
3 Jordi Meeus BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
4 Biniam Girmay Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
5 Dries Van Gestel TotalEnergies s.t.
6 Clément Venturini Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
7 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
8 Tom Van Asbroeck Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
9 Cédric Beullens Lotto Dstny s.t.
10 Derek Gee Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
11 Stan Van Tricht Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
12 Nicolò Parisini Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
13 Erik Resell Uno-X s.t.
14 Jonas Abrahamsen Uno-X s.t.
15 Thomas Bonnet TotalEnergies s.t.
16 Bryan Coquard Cofidis s.t.
17 Ludovic Robeet Bingoal-WB s.t.
18 Kelland O'Brien Jayco-AlUla @ 9sec
19 Sven Erik Bystrøm Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
20 Robbe Ghys Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
21 Lewis Askey Groupama-FDJ 0:19
22 Jonas Koch BORA-hansgrohe 0:33
23 Arne Marit Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
24 Max Walscheid Cofidis s.t.
25 Axel Laurance Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
26 Rory Townsend Bolton Equities-Black Spoke s.t.
27 Laurence Pithie Groupama-FDJ s.t.
28 Edward Planckaert Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
29 Søren Wærenskjold Uno-X s.t.
30 Pierre Gautherat Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
31 Milan Fretin Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
32 Samuele Zambelli Corratec-Selle Italia s.t.
33 Nickolas Zukowsky Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
34 Jenthe Biermans Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
35 Pavel Bittner Team DSM s.t.
36 Kenneth Van Rooy Bingoal-WB s.t.
37 Fabio Christen Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
38 Christophe Noppe Cofidis s.t.
39 Emilien Jeannière TotalEnergies s.t.
40 Vlad Van Mechelen Team DSM s.t.
41 Stanislaw Aniolkowski Human Powered Health s.t.
42 Gilles De Wilde Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
43 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ s.t.
44 André Carvalho Cofidis s.t.
45 Cériel Desal Bingoal-WB s.t.
46 Jarrad Drizners Lotto Dstny s.t.
47 Campbell Stewart Jayco-AlUla s.t.
49 Jack Bauer Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
50 Rick Zabel Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
51 Dion Smith Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
52 Sébastien Grignard Lotto Dstny s.t.
53 Attilio Viviani Team corratec - Selle Italia s.t.
54 Andrii Ponomar Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
55 Etienne Van Empel Team corratec - Selle Italia s.t.
56 Geoffrey Soupe TotalEnergies s.t.
57 Jan Maas Jayco-AlUla s.t.
58 Johan Meens Bingoal-WB s.t.
59 Florian Lipowitz BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
60 Mathijs Paasschens Lotto Dstny s.t.
61 Tim Merlier Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
62 Michael Hepburn Jayco-AlUla s.t.
63 Ryan Christensen Bolton Equities-Black Spoke s.t.
64 Daniel McLay Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
65 Andrea Vendrame Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
66 Bert Van Lerberghe Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
67 Arjen Livyns Lotto Dstny s.t.
68 Alexander Konychev Team corratec - Selle Italia s.t.
69 Bram Welten Groupama-FDJ s.t.
70 Felix Engelhardt Jayco-AlUla s.t.
71 William Blume Levy Uno-X s.t.
72 Dries De Bondt Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
73 Adrien Petit Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
74 Sandy Dujardin TotalEnergies 0:56
75 Laurenz Rex Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
76 Aimé De Gendt Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
77 Rüdiger Selig Lotto Dstny s.t.
78 Elias Maris Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
79 Louis Bendixen Uno-X s.t.
80 Casper Van Uden Team DSM s.t.
81 Alex Colman Team Flanders-Baloise 1:12
82 Ward Vanhoof Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
83 Gijs Van Hoecke Human Powered Health 1:16
84 Scott Mcgill Human Powered Health s.t.
85 Tijl De Decker Lotto Dstny s.t.
86 Paul Lapeira Ag2r-Citroën 1:59
87 Jannik Steimle Soudal Quick-Step 2:15


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Start list with back numbers, June 3, 2023:

1 Aimé De Gendt
2 Sven Erik Bystrøm
3 Biniam Girmay
4 Adrien Petit
5 Laurenz Rex
6 Dion Smith
7 Arne Marit
11 Tim Merlier
12 Pepijn Reinderink
13 Jannik Steimle
14 Bert Van Lerberghe
15 Stan Van Tricht
16 Jordi Warlop
17 Louis Vervaeke
21 Marc Sarreau
22 Pierre Gautherat
24 Antoine Raugel
25 Paul Lapeira
26 Andrea Vendrame
27 Clément Venturini
31 Dries De Bondt
32 Maurice Ballerstedt
33 Robbe Ghys
34 Axel Laurance
35 Jensen Plowright
36 Ayco Bastiaens
37 Lionel Taminiaux
41 Cédric Beullens
42 Jarrad Drizners
43 Sébastien Grignard
44 Arjen Livyns
45 Mathijs Paasschens
46 Rüdiger Selig
47 Tijl De Decker
51 Bryan Coquard
52 Piet Allegaert
53 André Carvalho
54 Wesley Kreder
55 Max Walscheid
56 Jelle Wallays
57 Christophe Noppe
61 Arnaud Démare
62 Lewis Askey
63 Enzo Paleni
64 Paul Penhoët
65 Laurence Pithie
66 Miles Scotson
67 Bram Welten
71 Jenthe Biermans
72 David Dekker
74 Matis Louvel
75 Daniel McLay
76 Andrii Ponomar
77 Alan Riou
81 Casper Van Uden
82 Tobias Lund Andresen
83 Pavel Bittner
84 Joost Brinkman
85 Vlad Van Mechelen
86 Tim Naberman
87 Henri Vandenabeele
91 Jan Maas
92 Felix Engelhardt
93 Michael Hepburn
94 Kelland O'Brien
95 Blake Quick
96 Campbell Stewart
97 Elmar Reinders
101 Jordi Meeus
102 Shane Archbold
103 Jonas Koch
105 Florian Lipowitz
106 Luis-Joe Lührs
107 Ide Schelling
111 Matthew Bostock
112 Josh Burnett
113 Ryan Christensen
114 Aaron Gate
115 Bailey O'Donnell
116 Jacob Scott
117 Rory Townsend
121 Attilio Viviani
122 Antonio Barac
123 Alexander Konychev
124 Giulio Masotto
125 Jan Stöckli
126 Etienne Van Empel
127 Samuele Zambelli
131 Stanislaw Aniolkowski
132 Alan Banaszek
133 Charles-Etienne Chrétien
134 Wessel Krul
135 Scott Mcgill
136 Gijs Van Hoecke
137 Barnabas Peak
141 Louis Blouwe
142 Cériel Desal
143 Johan Meens
144 Ludovic Robeet
145 Luca Van Boven
146 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
147 Kenneth Van Rooy
151 Giacomo Nizzolo
152 Derek Gee
153 Guy Sagiv
154 Jens Reynders
155 Mads Würtz Schmidt
156 Tom Van Asbroeck
157 Rick Zabel
161 Matteo Moschetti
162 Jack Bauer
163 Fabio Christen
164 Nicolò Parisini
165 Antonio Puppio
166 Szymon Sajnok
167 Nickolas Zukowsky
171 Vito Braet
172 Alex Colman
173 Sander De Pestel
174 Milan Fretin
175 Gilles De Wilde
176 Elias Maris
177 Ward Vanhoof
181 Thomas Bonnet
182 Sandy Dujardin
183 Emilien Jeannière
184 Lorrenzo Manzin
185 Geoffrey Soupe
186 Anthony Turgis
187 Dries Van Gestel
191 Jonas Abrahamsen
192 Erlend Blikra
193 Erlend Blikra
194 Stian Fredheim
195 William Blume Levy
196 Erik Resell
197 Søren Wærenskjold