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2016 Nokere Koerse (HC), Belgium

71st edition: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Nokere Koerse podium history | 2015 edition | 2017 edition

Deinze - Nokere, 199.5 km

Timonthy Dupont

Timothy Dupont (center, in black) just wins the 2016 Nokere koerse

The Race: Here's the story from LottoNL-Jumbo, team of third-place Dylan Groenewegen.

Dylan Groenewegen sprinted to third place in the Nokere Koerse on Wednesday. Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s fast man had to come from far back in the sprint on Nokere Berg, which made it almost impossible to win the race. Timothy Dupont (Veranda’s Willems) grabbed the victory.

Team LottoNL-Jumbo took the hammer in its hands in the final part of the Nokere Koerse. To give sprinter Dylan Groenewegen the chance to win, the Dutch team used some riders already early on in the final to control the peloton.

“We started with only seven riders and after we had to take control, there weren’t many men left for the sprint lead-out,” Groenewegen said after the race. He was on his own during the final kilometres, so he had to prepare the spring by himself.

“I came from the 40th position. That was too far from behind to win the race. I can only blame myself for that. This finish wasn’t my cup, as well. I prefer sprints at a high pace. This third place was the best I could do in this sprint, even if I wanted to win this race.”

“With Dylan, we had the race’s favourite in our team,” Sports Director Merijn Zeeman added. “I think that we handled that well as a team. There was a lot of wind and so it was possible that the peloton would break apart into echelons. We kept control and made sure that the race would end up in a bunch sprint. The team spent a lot energy on that part. We were aggressive and sharp.”

Groenewegen’s own mistake resulted in the missed opportunity. “The turn to the right, with 2.5 kilometres to go was a key point,” Zeeman said. “Dylan gave another rider too much space there so he lost Robert Wagner’s wheel. Robert was going to lead him out and he was strong enough to accomplish that. They were trying to find each other afterwards so Dylan could regain his position, but they failed. Still it’s great that Dylan was able to make up so many positions to finish third. That didn’t initially look possible.”

Complete Results:

199.5 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.582 km/hr

1 Timothy Dupont Veranda's Willems 4h 34' 39''
2 Kristoffer Halvorsen Joker s.t.
3 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
4 Baptiste Planckaert Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
5 Yauheni Hutarovich Fortuneo-Vital Concept s.t.
6 Michel Kreder Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
7 Gerry Druyts Crelan Vastgoedservice s.t.
8 Gianni Moscon Sky s.t.
9 Eduard-Michael Grosu Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
10 Kenny Dehaes Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
11 Bert Van Lerberghe Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
12 Borut Božic Cofidis s.t.
13 Scott Thwaites Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
14 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
15 Rick Zabel BMC s.t.
16 Davide Martinelli Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
17 Ivan Savitsky Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
18 Gijs Van Hoecke Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
19 Roy Jans Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
20 Alexander Geuens Crelan Vastgoedservice s.t.
21 Danny van Poppel Sky s.t.
22 Tosh Van der Sande Lotto-Soudal s.t.
23 Marc Sarreau FDJ s.t.
24 Amund Grøndahl Joker s.t.
25 Aidis Kruopis Veranda's Willems s.t.
26 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
27 Andrew Fenn Sky s.t.
28 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling s.t.
29 Alberto Cecchin Roth s.t.
30 Julien Stassen Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
31 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff s.t.
32 Frédérique Robert Crelan Vastgoedservice +6''
33 Roman Maykin Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
34 Bartlomiej Matysiak CCC Sprandi Polkowice +11''
35 Boris Vallée Fortuneo-Vital Concept s.t.
36 Markus Hoelgård Joker s.t.
37 Matthias Krizek Roth s.t.
38 Fredrik Galta Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
39 Nikolai Trussov Tinkoff s.t.
40 Grzegorz Stepniak CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
41 Laurens De Plus Etixx-Quick Step +16''
42 Tim Declercq Topsport Vlaanderen +18''
43 Olivier Chevalier Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
44 Gerald Ciolek Stölting s.t.
45 Jay McCarthy Tinkoff s.t.
46 Phil Bauhaus Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
47 Robin Sténuit Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
48 Floris De Tier Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
49 Andrea Pasqualon Roth +24''
50 ArgentinaLucas Gaday Roth +26''
51 Pierpaolo De Negri Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
52 Andrei Solommenikov Gazprom-Rusvelo +27''
53 Niels De Rooze Veranclassic +29''
54 Justin Jules Veranclassic s.t.
55 Danilo Napolitano Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
56 Preben Van Hecke Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
57 Rob Ruijgh Crelan Vastgoedservice s.t.
58 Dylan Teuns BMC s.t.
59 Tomasz Kiendys CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
60 Arnaud Gérard Fortuneo-Vital Concept s.t.
61 Eliot Lietaer Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
62 Anders Skaarseth Joker s.t.
63 Ole Forfang Joker s.t.
64 Kevin Van Melsen Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
65 Mamyr Stash Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
66 Jelle Wallays Lotto-Soudal s.t.
67 Xandro Meurisse Crelan Vastgoedservice s.t.
68 Jonas Tenbrock Stölting s.t.
69 Eryk Laton CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
70 Roman Kustadinchev Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
71 Sean De Bie Lotto-Soudal s.t.
72 Michael Van Staeyen Cofidis s.t.
73 Marcin Bialoblocki One Pro Cycling s.t.
74 Jari Verstraeten Veranda's Willems s.t.
75 Zakkari Dempster Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
76 Ralf Matzka Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
77 Sébastien Chavanel FDJ +36''
78 Bjørn Tore Hoem Joker s.t.
79 Joeri Calleeuw Veranda's Willems +39''
80 Olivier Le Gac FDJ +40''
81 Gert Jõeäär Cofidis +40''
82 Iljo Keisse Etixx-Quick Step +42''
83 Erik Baška Tinkoff +44''
84 Florian Sénéchal Cofidis +53''
85 Julien Van den Brande Veranclassic +54''
86 Christophe Prémont Veranda's Willems s.t.
87 Floris Gerts BMC s.t.
88 Christian Knees Sky s.t.
89 Adrian Kurek CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
90 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
91 Gianni Meersman Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
92 Ludwig De Winter Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
93 Huub Duyn Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
94 Alex Peters Sky s.t.
95 Stef Van Zummeren Veranda's Willems s.t.
96 Franck Bonnamour Fortuneo-Vital Concept s.t.
97 Frederik Backaert Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
98 Twan Castelijns LottoNL-Jumbo +59''
99 Martijn Keizer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
100 Jérôme Baugnies Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
101 Yannick Eijssen Crelan Vastgoedservice s.t.
102 Asbjørn Kragh Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
103 Benoît Jarrier Fortuneo-Vital Concept s.t.
104 Tom Bohli BMC s.t.
105 Andreas Schillinger Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
106 Michael Gogl Tinkoff s.t.
107 Mikel Aristi Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
108 Yoann Offredo FDJ +1' 12''
109 Ivar Slik Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
110 Samuel Williams One Pro Cycling +1' 14''
111 Lukas Pöstlberger Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
112 David Boucher Crelan Vastgoedservice s.t.
113 Michael Reihs Stölting s.t.
114 Sebastian Lander One Pro Cycling s.t.
115 Ruben Pols Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
116 Giacomo Tomio Roth s.t.
117 Dylan Page Roth s.t.
118 Martin Velits Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
119 Pieter Jacobs Crelan Vastgoedservice s.t.
120 Koen Bouwman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
121 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal s.t.
122 Dimitri Peyskens Veranclassic s.t.
123 Murilo Fischer FDJ s.t.
124 Brian van Goethem Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
125 Riccardo Stacchiotti Nippo-Vini Fantini +1' 19''
126 Daniele Colli Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
127 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
128 Gregory Habeaux Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
129 Kevyn Ista Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
130 Tim De Troyer Veranda's Willems s.t.
131 Raymond Kreder Roompot Oranje Peloton +1' 59''
132 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 10''
133 Martin Laas Delko Marseille Provence +2' 20''
134 Martin Mortensen One Pro Cycling +2' 24''
135 Jan Ghyselinck Veranda's Willems +2' 40''
136 Kenneth Vanbilsen Cofidis +3' 00''
137 Loïc Chetout Cofidis s.t.
138 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
139 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling +3' 10''
140 Gaëtan Pons Wallonie Bruxelles +6' 14''
141 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier FDJ s.t.
142 Reidar Borgersen Joker +6' 16''
143 Adrian Aas Stien Joker s.t.
144 Yannick Martinez Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
145 Viktor Manakov Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
146 Michal Kolár Tinkoff
+6' 19''
147 Pete Williams One Pro Cycling s.t.
148 Igor Boev Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.