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2019 Brussels Cycling Classic (HC)

Formerly Paris-Brussels/Paris-Bruxelles

99th edition: Saturday, September 7, 2019

Brussels Cycling Classic podium history | 2018 edition | Course map

Brussels - Brussels, 190.5 km

Caleb Ewan

Could a race finish be any closer? Caleb Ewan (left) gets his tenth win of the season. Photo: Photonews

Weather at the start/finish city of Brussels at 2:20 PM, local time: 15C (59F), partly cloudy, with the wind from the north-northwest at 13 km/hr (8 mph). 60% chance of rain during the afternoon.

The race: Here's the report from winner Caleb Ewan's Lotto-Soudal team.

In his first Brussels Cycling Classic participation, Caleb Ewan immediately hit the jackpot! The quick Australian beat the German Ackermann and the Belgian Philipsen with an ultimate jump in a nail-biting sprint in Brussels. That way, Ewan sprinted to his tenth victory in Lotto Soudal colours.

Early in the race, seven riders went on the attack but the sprint teams immediately took control. Some counter-attackers joined the front group at around 45 kilometres from the line. In a soaking-wet finale of the Brussels Cycling Classic, the peloton split to pieces on some technical sections and at ten kilometres from the line, the escapees were caught. An attentive Caleb Ewan made the cut and also teammate Nikolas Maes - who acted as the perfect guide during the finale - was part of the heavily reduced bunch. It was Pascal Ackermann who started the royal sprint early and seemed to be heading for his second consecutive win. Caleb Ewan didn’t agree with that and like a jack-in-the-box and with an ultimate jump to the line, the Lotto Soudal rider sprinted to his tenth victory of the season!”

Caleb Ewan: “I am very happy with the victory during my first participation in this race. To be honest, I didn’t feel great today and I was struggling on the climbs. But once the adrenaline kicked in, it went better. It was a pretty stressful day and also the rain and the narrow roads made it quite a difficult race. There was also a lot of stress in the bunch. So, all those things made the race that - I think, usually would be easier - a lot harder. Luckily, the team did a great job to keep me at the front during the difficult moments.”

​​​​“In the end, especially with the slight uphill finish and the headwind, it really was a grind to the finish line. But I think I just timed my sprint really well. I don’t know if I was the strongest sprinter today but I think I timed it the best and luckily, I still had that little extra in the legs to take the win.”

Complete results:

190.5 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.037 km/hr

174 starters, 19 abandons, 155 classified finishers

1 EWAN Caleb Lotto-Soudal 4hr 25min 35sec
2 ACKERMANN Pascal BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
3 PHILIPSEN Jasper UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
4 BALLERINI Davide Astana s.t.
5 STUYVEN Jasper Trek-Segafredo s.t.
6 DÉMARE Arnaud Groupama-FDJ s.t.
7 KRISTOFF Alexander UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
8 CAPIOT Amaury Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
9 PLANCKAERT Baptiste Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
10 GROVES Kaden Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
11 COQUARD Bryan Vital Concept-B&B Hotels s.t.
12 ŠIŠKEVIČIUS Evaldas Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
13 SÉNÉCHAL Florian Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
14 NAESEN Oliver Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
15 DEMPSTER Zak Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
16 DUVAL Julien Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
17 LAPORTE Christophe Cofidis s.t.
18 GREIPEL André Arkea-Samsic @ 4sec
19 PEDERSEN Mads Trek-Segafredo 0:06
20 STEIMLE Jannik Deceuninck-Quick Step 0:07
21 LAMPAERT Yves Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
22 TURGIS Anthony Total Direct Energie 0:09
23 RIESEBEEK Oscar Roompot-Charles s.t.
24 LEMOINE Cyril Cofidis s.t.
25 IMPEY Daryl Mitchelton-Scott 0:12
26 VELASCO Simone Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia 0:14
27 SELIG Rüdiger BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
28 MAES Nikolas Lotto-Soudal 0:21
29 LE GAC Olivier Groupama-FDJ 0:26
30 FERRARI Roberto UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
31 JUUL-JENSEN Christopher Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
32 SINKELDAM Ramon Groupama-FDJ s.t.
33 MERLIER Tim Corendon-Circus 0:30
34 ALLEGAERT Piet Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:40
35 BONNAMOUR Franck Arkea-Samsic s.t.
36 ALBASINI Michael Mitchelton-Scott 0:47
37 SCHWARZMANN Michael BORA-hansgrohe 1:00
38 SCHILLINGER Andreas BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
39 GROSU Eduard Michael Delko-Marseille Provence 1:31
40 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
41 MARENGO Umberto Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia s.t.
42 PERON Andrea Novo Nordisk s.t.
43 GABBURO Davide Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia s.t.
44 PLANET Charles Novo Nordisk s.t.
45 KURIANOV Stepan Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
46 DE VREESE Laurens Astana s.t.
47 PEYSKENS Dimitri Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
48 VISCONTI Giovanni Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia s.t.
49 WIRTGEN Tom Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
50 DE BACKER Bert Vital Concept-B&B Hotels s.t.
51 NABERMAN Tim Development Team Sunweb s.t.
52 MORICE Julien Vital Concept-B&B Hotels s.t.
53 WOUTERS Enzo Lotto-Soudal s.t.
54 SALMON Martin Development Team Sunweb s.t.
55 RÄIM Mihkel Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
56 VAN EMPEL Etienne Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia s.t.
57 CARDIS Romain Total Direct Energie s.t.
58 BAUGNIES Jérôme Wanty-Gobert s.t.
59 SOUPE Geoffrey Cofidis s.t.
60 CIMA Imerio Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
61 HEPBURN Michael Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
62 TRARIEUX Julien Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
63 LAENGEN Vegard UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
64 LEYSEN Senne Roompot-Charles s.t.
65 VAN POPPEL Boy Roompot-Charles s.t.
66 WELTEN Bram Arkea-Samsic s.t.
67 WAEYTENS Zico Cofidis s.t.
68 LIVYNS Arjen Roompot-Charles s.t.
69 RUSSO Clément Arkea-Samsic s.t.
70 JULLIEN Anthony Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
71 BOHLI Tom UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
72 EINHORN Itamar Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
73 LAMMERTINK Maurits Roompot-Charles s.t.
74 THIJSSEN Gerben Lotto-Soudal s.t.
75 VAN LERBERGHE Bert Cofidis s.t.
76 MOSCHETTI Matteo Trek-Segafredo s.t.
77 RICKAERT Jonas Corendon-Circus s.t.
78 DEWULF Stan Lotto-Soudal s.t.
79 CLE Brent Corendon-Circus s.t.
80 STALLAERT Joeri Corendon-Circus s.t.
81 JARRIER Benoît Arkea-Samsic s.t.
82 SAGAN Juraj BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
83 REZA Kévin Vital Concept-B&B Hotels s.t.
84 GAUTIER Cyril Vital Concept-B&B Hotels s.t.
85 CORT Magnus Astana s.t.
86 SPENGLER Lukas Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
87 PACIONI Luca Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia s.t.
88 DE GENDT Aimé Wanty-Gobert s.t.
89 BOHÓRQUEZ Hernando Astana s.t.
90 BONNET William Groupama-FDJ s.t.
91 GUARNIERI Jacopo Groupama-FDJ s.t.
92 VANENDERT Jelle Lotto-Soudal s.t.
93 WARLOP Jordi Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
94 CIMA Damiano Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
95 CANOLA Marco Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
96 REINDERS Elmar Roompot-Charles s.t.
97 TERPSTRA Niki Total Direct Energie s.t.
98 NAESEN Lawrence Lotto-Soudal 1:44
99 CLAEYS Dimitri Cofidis 1:51
100 CARISEY Clément Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
101 MANZIN Lorrenzo Vital Concept-B&B Hotels s.t.
102 TUREK Daniel Israel Cycling Academy 2:24
103 QUARTERMAN Charlie Trek-Segafredo 3:15
104 SINSCHEK Nils Development Team Sunweb s.t.
105 KULIKOVSKIY Alexandr Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
106 ISTA Kevyn Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
107 DE WINTER Ludwig Wanty-Gobert s.t.
108 MAAS Edo Development Team Sunweb s.t.
109 GUERIN Alexis Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
110 JONES Brenton Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
111 VAN MELSEN Kevin Wanty-Gobert s.t.
112 KUSZTOR Péter Novo Nordisk s.t.
113 DUIJN Huub Roompot-Charles s.t.
114 GRUZDEV Dmitriy Astana s.t.
115 VAN GOMPEL Mathias Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
116 GATTO Oscar BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
117 VIVIANI Attilio Cofidis s.t.
118 FRAME Alex Trek-Segafredo s.t.
119 GREGAARD Jonas Astana s.t.
120 PICHOT Alexandre Total Direct Energie s.t.
121 BENOIST Antoine Corendon-Circus s.t.
122 DELETTRE Alexandre Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
123 KEISSE Iljo Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
124 RAGGIO Luca Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia s.t.
125 SCOTSON Callum Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
126 DENZ Nico Ag2r La Mondiale 3:31
127 DUCHESNE Antoine Groupama-FDJ 3:34
128 LOZANO David Novo Nordisk s.t.
129 DALLA VALLE Nicolas UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
130 RIOU Alan Arkea-Samsic s.t.
131 HÄNNINEN Jaakko Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
132 VAN DER POEL David Corendon-Circus s.t.
133 STALNOV Nikita Astana 3:53
134 SANTAROMITA Ivan Nippo-Vini Fantini 4:06
135 BODNAR Maciej BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
136 DEBEAUMARCHÉ Nicolas Trek-Segafredo s.t.
137 GUICHARD Mickaël Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
138 WACKER Ludvig Anton Development Team Sunweb s.t.
139 OSORIO Alejandro Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
140 PETIT Adrien Total Direct Energie s.t.
141 EARLE Nathan Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
142 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter Wanty-Gobert s.t.
143 BOEV Igor Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
144 DEVENYNS Dries Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
145 HODEG Álvaro José Deceuninck-Quick Step 4:28
146 KATERBERG Ben Development Team Sunweb s.t.
147 ROBEET Ludovic Wallonie-Bruxelles 4:53
148 BEERS Matthew UAE-Team Emirates 6:14
149 PEÁK Barnabás Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
150 GRELLIER Fabien Total Direct Energie s.t.
151 ACOSTA Ruben Dario Nippo-Vini Fantini 6:20
152 KONOVALOVAS Ignatas Groupama-FDJ 6:30
153 BOECKMANS Kris Vital Concept-B&B Hotels 8:33
154 BRAND Sam Novo Nordisk 8:38
155 KAMSTRA Brian Novo Nordisk s.t.

Course map:

Paris-Brussels