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2017 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (HC), Belgium

69th edition: Sunday, February 26, 2017

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne podium history | 2016 edition | Course map | Start list

Kuurne - Brussel - Kuurne, 200.7 km

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan wins Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

The race: Tom Boonen did not start, here's the team's tweet: Unfortunately, @tomboonen1 won't start #KBK due to stomach problems. Have a fast recovery, Tom, and see you in #Tirreno!

Here's the report from Peter Sagan's Bora-hansgrohe team:

“You can’t win every day” said BORA - hansgrohe’s Peter Sagan after taking a close second in yesterday’s Omloop-Het-Nieuwsblad race, but today the UCI World Champion made it three wins in one day – his first win of the season, his first in a BORA - hansgrohe jersey, and the first win for BORA - hansgrohe as a UCI WorldTeam. The Slovak rider rode a perfect race, timing his sprint to the last 250m and taking the win with ease.

With a reputation as a sprinters’ classic, you’d be forgiven for imagining a flat parkour awaited riders on the 200.7km route, but eleven difficult climbs awaited riders – most of them coming in the latter half of the race. Many of these climbs – some of them surfaced with cobblestones – would be difficult on their own, the ascents including the fearsome Oude Kwaremont in their number, at 2.2km in length and a maximum gradient of 11.6%, but to come in such quick succession and with yesterday’s racing in the legs of most of the riders, the tough day would be made even tougher. A fast pace in the final circuit in the streets of Kuurne would make the finale even harder.

The first hour and a half of the day was punctuated with several false starts as while breaks attempted to go up the road, the pace in the peloton was simply too fast. It wasn’t until more than 70km had passed that an escape finally stuck, with a group of nine quickly building an advantage of more than four minutes. At this point, the peloton eased off the pace, the lead rising to almost six minutes. However, as the race entered the final 80km, a surge of urgency from the peloton rapidly closed the gap, with a small escape group making the bridge to catch some of the stragglers of the break – with UCI World Champion, Peter Sagan in their midst – before making contact with the front with 35km to go.

A lone break off the front surprised many in the lead group, but the Slovak BORA - hansgrohe rider wasn’t fazed, and with 26km remaining made his move to bridge the gap, the lead group becoming five as others joined, and as the race entered its final 10km, it looked as though the race’s winner would be from this group. Tightening his shoes with 2.5km to go, it was clear Peter had his eye on the finale, his compatriots looking around nervously as they hit the final kilometre. A late attack came as the chasing bunch behind surged into view. Seeing the bunch looming, Peter attacked, but his sheer power meant he could afford to take it easy as he pushed to the line, taking his first victory of the season, the 90th of his career, and BORA - hansgrohe’s first ever win as a UCI WorldTeam.

Speaking from the finish line, Peter was pleased with both his performance and his team, who supported him in the earlier climbs. “Today I felt good, thanks to the team because they did good work on the Kwaremont. The whole team was pulling for me. I wondered if the group would make the catch and we’d have a normal bunch sprint, but after they started attacking on the first lap, after that I was in the front in the breakaway and was really glad the guys in the front were working well. In the end we came to the finish just five guys and it was good – I’m happy for this victory, both for me and the team.”

While other riders in the break appeared startled by the appearance of the chasing group at the finish, Peter kept his cool and stayed in control in the sprint. “It was a little bit of a slow sprint today. Trentin attacked early and then I came to get him, then we slowed again at 500m to go and it was a slow sprint. I thought if I started from 250m I could have a good attack from the start.”

“It is really great to get this win today here in Belgium. This first weekend was terrific for us and Peter once again showed his supreme class. The guys worked before the Kwaremont to put him in a good position. That worked well and Peter was in the front group when the peloton split. Even we just had Peter in front the situation was good for us because we had with Sam, Schwarzi and Pascal all our 3 sprinters in the group behind. In the final Peter made the right move in the perfect situation to break from the others. Also in the sprint his timing was perfect today”, admitted BORA – hansgrohe sports director Steffen Radochla.

With the first Monument – the Strade Bianche – Peter’s next race, the UCI World Champion was taking every race as it came, looking to maintain his form. “The big goal now is to stay strong. If that comes, everything is good.”

Complete Results:

200.7 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.345 km/hr

1 Peter SAGAN Bora-hansgrohe 4hr 37min 49sec
2 Jasper STUYVEN Trek-Segafredo s.t.
3 Luke ROWE Sky s.t.
4 Tiesj BENOOT Lotto Soudal s.t.
5 Matteo TRENTIN Quick-Step s.t.
6 Arnaud DEMARE FDJ @ 6sec
7 Greg VAN AVERMAET BMC s.t.
8 Oliver NAESEN Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
9 Zdenek ŠTYBAR Quick-Step s.t.
10 Baptiste PLANCKAERT Katusha Alpecin s.t.
11 Jurgen ROELANDTS Lotto Soudal s.t.
12 Luke DURBRIDGE Orica-Scott s.t.
13 Nikolas MAES Lotto Soudal s.t.
14 Ian STANNARD Sky s.t.
15 Stefan KÜNG BMC @ 11sec
16 Silvan DILLIER BMC s.t.
17 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC @ 13sec
18 Dylan GROENEWEGEN Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
19 Tom VAN ASBROECK Cannondale Drapac s.t.
20 Rudy BARBIER Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
21 Alexander KRISTOFF Katusha Alpecin s.t.
22 Aidis KRUOPIS Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
23 Joeri STALLAERT Cibel-CEbon s.t.
24 Sam BENNETT Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
25 Raymond KREDER Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
26 Edward THEUNS Trek-Segafredo s.t.
27 Magnus Cort NIELSEN Orica-Scott s.t.
28 Andrea PASQUALON Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
29 Bryan COQUARD Direct Energie s.t.
30 Roy JANS WB Veranclassic s.t.
31 Zakkari DEMPSTER Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
32 Jasper DE BUYST Lotto Soudal s.t.
33 Nacer BOUHANNI Cofidis s.t.
34 Daniel MCLAY Fortuneo-Vital Concept s.t.
35 Martin ELMIGER BMC s.t.
36 Laurens DE VREESE Astana s.t.
37 Bert VAN LERBERGHE Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
38 Julien VERMOTE Quick-Step s.t.
39 Kristijan KOREN Cannondale Drapac s.t.
40 Stijn VANDENBERGH Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
41 Jesper ASSELMAN Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
42 Jonas RICKAERT Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
43 Mathias DE WITTE Cibel-CEbon s.t.
44 Tom BOHLI BMC s.t.
45 Marc SARREAU FDJ s.t.
46 Taco VAN DER HOORN Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij @ 19sec
47 Robert Thomas WAGNER Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
48 Jens KEUKELEIRE Orica-Scott s.t.
49 Yoann OFFREDO Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
50 Stijn DEVOLDER Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
51 Matthieu LADAGNOUS FDJ s.t.
52 Sonny COLBRELLI Bahrain-Merida s.t.
53 Maxime FARAZIJN Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
54 MICHAEL VALGREN ANDERSEN Astana s.t.
55 Guillaume BOIVIN Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
56 Guillaume VAN KEIRSBULCK Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
57 Antoine DUCHESNE Direct Energie s.t.
58 Frederik FRISON Lotto Soudal s.t.
59 Jelle WALLAYS Lotto Soudal s.t.
60 Sylvain CHAVANEL Direct Energie s.t.
61 Philippe GILBERT Quick-Step s.t.
62 Ryan ANDERSON Direct Energie s.t.
63 Hugo HOULE Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
64 Michal GOLAS Sky s.t.
65 Sven erik BYSTRØM Katusha Alpecin s.t.
66 Mathew HAYMAN Orica-Scott s.t.
67 Jacopo GUARNIERI FDJ s.t.
68 Tosh VAN DER SANDE Lotto Soudal s.t.
69 Christian KNEES Sky s.t.
70 Amund Grondahl JANSEN Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
71 Gregory RAST Trek-Segafredo s.t.
72 Gianni MOSCON Sky s.t.
73 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Orica-Scott s.t.
74 Pim LIGTHART Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
75 Sjoerd VAN GINNEKEN Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
76 Nils POLITT Katusha Alpecin s.t.
77 Sebastian LANGEVELD Cannondale Drapac s.t.
78 Alexis GOUGEARD Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
79 Ruslan TLEUBAYEV Astana s.t.
80 Tim DECLERCQ Quick-Step @ 29sec
81 Michaël VAN STAEYEN Cofidis s.t.
82 Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
83 Yves LAMPAERT Quick-Step s.t.
84 Salvatore PUCCIO Sky 32
85 Christophe LAPORTE Cofidis s.t.
86 Twan CASTELIJNS Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
87 Fabio FELLINE Trek-Segafredo 39
88 Matti BRESCHEL Astana 41
89 Florian VACHON Fortuneo-Vital Concept +1:13
90 Arjen LIVYNS PSV +1:32
91 Michael SCHWARZMANN Bora-hansgrohe +1:59
92 Dries DEVENYNS Quick-Step +2:14
93 Lawrence NAESEN WB Veranclassic +3:12
94 Borut BOZIC Bahrain-Merida s.t.
95 Moreno HOFLAND Lotto Soudal +6:14
96 Kevin ISTA WB Veranclassic +8:02
97 Alex KIRSCH WB Veranclassic s.t.
98 Olivier LE GAC FDJ +9:28
99 Ryan MULLEN Cannondale Drapac s.t.
100 Dennis VAN WINDEN Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
101 Franck BONNAMOUR Fortuneo-Vital Concept s.t.
102 Andreas SCHILLINGER Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
103 Truls KORSÆTH Astana s.t.
104 Ivan GARCIA CORTINA Bahrain-Merida s.t.
105 Michiel DIELEMAN Cibel-CEbon s.t.
106 Simone ANTONINI Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
107 Christophe Noppe Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
108 Julien MORICE Direct Energie s.t.
109 Robin STENUIT Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
110 Matthias BRÄNDLE Trek-Segafredo s.t.
111 Dion SMITH Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
112 Miles SCOTSON BMC s.t.
113 THOMAS BOUDAT Direct Energie s.t.
114 Lukasz WISNIOWSKI Sky s.t.
115 Reto HOLLENSTEIN Katusha Alpecin s.t.
116 Maxime VANTOMME WB Veranclassic s.t.
117 David PER Bahrain-Merida s.t.
118 Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU Trek-Segafredo s.t.
119 Gediminas BAGDONAS Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
120 Robby COBBAERT Cibel-CEbon s.t.
121 Berden DE VRIES Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
122 Thomas SPRENGERS Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
123 Jos VAN EMDEN Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
124 Svein TUFT Orica-Scott s.t.
125 Coen VERMELTFOORT Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
126 Stijn STEELS Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
127 Arman KAMYSHEV Astana s.t.
128 Boy VAN POPPEL Trek-Segafredo s.t.
129 PIERRE LUC PERICHON Fortuneo-Vital Concept s.t.
130 Pascal ACKERMANN Bora-hansgrohe +10:45
131 Kevin DELTOMBE Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise +10:50

Course map:

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne map

2017 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne map

Start list with back numbers, February 25, 2017:

TREK-SEGAFREDO
1 STUYVEN Jasper
2 COLEDAN Marco
3 FELLINE Fabio
4 BRANDLE Matthias
5 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel
6 THEUNS Edward
7 VAN POPPEL Boy
8 RAST Grégory
SKY
11 STANNARD Ian
12 KNEES Christian
13 ROWE Luke
14 GOLAS Michal
15 VAN POPPEL Danny
16 MOSCON Gianni
17 WISNIOWSKI Lukasz
18 PUCCIO Salvatore
LOTTO-SOUDAL
21 ROELANDTS Jurgen
22 MAES Nikolas
23 HOFLAND Moreno
24 SHAW James Callum
25 BENOOT Tiesj
26 VAN DER SANDE Tosh
27 WALLAYS Jelle
28 FRISON Frederik
KATUSHA-ALPECIN
31 KRISTOFF Alexander
32 MARTIN Tony
33 PLANCKAERT Baptiste
34 POLITT Nils
35 MORKOV Michael
36 HOLLENSTEIN Reto
37 BIERMANS Jenthe
38 KUZNETSOV Vyacheslav
QUICK STEP FLOORS
41 BOONEN Tom
42 KEISSE Iljo
43 TRENTIN Matteo
44 DECLERCQ Tim
45 LAMPAERT Yves
46 DEVENYNS Dries
47 VERMOTE Julien
48 STYBAR Zdenek
BORA-HANSGROHE
51 SAGAN Peter
53 BENNETT Sam
54 KOLAR Michal
55 SCHWARZMANN Michael
56 SARAMOTINS Aleksejs
57 POSTLBERGER Lukas
58 ACKERMANN Pascal
FDJ
61 DEMARE Arnaud
62 DELAGE Mickael
63 SARREAU Marc
64 LADAGNOUS Matthieu
65 HOELGAARD Daniel
66 LE GAC Olivier
67 GUARNIERI Jacopo
68 KONOVALOVAS Ignatas
ORICA-SCOTT
71 KEUKELEIRE Jens
72 HAYMAN Mathew
73 TUFT Svein
74 CORT NIELSEN Magnus
75 DURBRIDGE Luke
76 BEWLEY Sam
78 JUUL JENSEN Christopher
BMC
81 DILLIER Silvan
82 ELMIGER Martin
83 OSS Daniel
84 DRUCKER Jean Pierre
85 KÜNG Stefan
86 SCOTSON Miles
87 GERTS Floris
88 BOHLI Tom
AG2R-LA MONDIALE
91 BAGDONAS Gediminas
92 BARBIER Rudy
93 DUVAL Julien
94 DENZ Nico
95 HOULE Hugo
96 GOUGEARD Alexis
97 NAESEN Oliver
98 VANDENBERGH Stijn
LOTTO NL-JUMBO
101 BOOM Lars
102 CASTELIJNS Twan
103 LEEZER Tom
104 TANKINK Bram
105 VAN EMDEN Jos
106 GROENEWEGEN Dylan
107 GROENDAHL JANSEN Amund
108 WYNANTS Maarten
CANNONDALE-DRAPAC
111 BEVIN Patrick
112 KOREN Kristjan
113 LANGEVELD Sebastian
114 MULLEN Ryan
115 SCULLY Thomas
116 VAN ASBROECK Tom
117 WIPPERT Wouter
118 BETTIOL Alberto
BAHRAIN-MERIDA
121 COLBRELLI Sonny
122 BOZIC Borut
123 NIBALI Vincenzo
124 GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
125 NOVAK Domen
126 INSAUSTI Jon Ander
127 PER David
128 PIBERNIK Luka
ASTANA
131 BRESCHEL Matti
132 DE VREESE Laurens
133 GATTO Oscar
134 GRIVKO Andriy
135 KAMYSHEV Arman
136 KORSAETH Truls Engen
137 TLEUBAYEV Ruslan
138 VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
WB-VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
141 JANS Roy
142 ISTA Kevin
143 DE WINTER Ludwig
144 JULES Justin
145 KIRSCH Alex
146 PARDINI Olivier
147 STASSEN Julien
148 VANTOMME Maxime
WANTY–GROUPE GOBERT
151 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
152 ANTONINI Simone
153 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter
154 SMITH Dion
155 MCNALLY Mark
156 STENUIT Robin
157 OFFREDO Yoann
158 PASQUALON Andrea
FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT
161 CORBEL Erwann
162 BONNAMOUR Franck
163 MCLAY Daniel
164 PERICHON Pierre-Luc
165 VALLEE Boris
166 DANIEL Maxime
167 VACHON Florian
168 JARRIER Benoit
SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
171 VAN HECKE Preben
172 FARAZIJN Maxime
173 NOPPE Christophe
174 RICKAERT Jonas
175 DELTOMBE Kevin
176 SPRENGERS Thomas
177 STEELS Stijn
178 VAN LERBERGHE Bert
COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS
181 BOUHANNI Nacer
182 VAN BILSEN Kenneth
183 CLAEYS Dimitri
184 VAN GENECHTEN Jonas
185 LAPORTE Christophe
186 LEMOINE Cyril
187 SENECHAL Florian
188 VAN STAEYEN Michael
DIRECT ENERGIE
191 COQUARD Bryan
192 CARDIS Romain
193 DUCHESNE Antoine
194 CHAVANEL Sylvain
195 ANDERSON Ryan
196 MORICE Julien
197 PETIT Adrien
198 BOUDAT Thomas
ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
201 PERRY Benjamin
202 BOIVIN Guillaume
203 VAN WINDEN Dennis
204 SCHREURS Hamish
205 RÄIM Mihkel
206 WILLIAMS Tyler
207 YECHZKEL Aviv
208 DEMPSTER Zakkari
ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
211 ASSELMAN Jesper
212 REINDERS Elmar
213 KREDER Raymond
214 VAN DER HOORN Taco
215 LIGTHART Pim
216 VERMELTFOORT Coen
217 VAN GINNEKEN Sjoerd
218 DE VRIES Berden
VERANDA'S WILLEMS-CRELAN
221 DUPONT Timothy
222 DEVOLDER Stijn
223 VERGAERDE Otto
224 VAN ZUMMEREN Stef
225 BILLE Gaetan
226 GOOLAERTS Michael
227 DUYN Huub
228 KRUOPIS Aidis
PAUWELS SAUZEN-VASTGOEDSERVICE
231 BOUCHER David
232 LEEMANS Rob
233 GEUENS Alexander
234 STEVENS Timothy
235 VERHELST Louis
236 LIVYNS Arjen
237 DHAENE Brecht
238 MARKUS Barry
CIBEL-CEBON
241 COBBAERT Robby
242 DE WITTE Mathias
243 DIELEMAN Michiel
244 JANSSENS Jimmy
245 STALLAERT Joeri
246 COENEN Dennis
247 RUYTERS Brecht
248 REYNAERTS Wim