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2017 Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
(1.1), Belgium

102nd edition: Friday, September 15, 2017

Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen (Championship of Flanders) podium history | 2016 edition

Koolskamp - Koolskamp, 16 laps of 12.3 km, 192 kilometers total distance

Fernando gaviria

Fernando Gaviria is the fastest man of the day

The race: Here's the story from winner Fernando Gaviria's Quick-Step Floors team.

Protected and guided by a fantastic team, 23-year-old Fernando Gaviria became the first South American rider to win Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen.

For the sixth year running, Quick-Step Floors have amassed 50 UCI victories, the first team to do this during the current season. Jack Bauer was the one to kick off the party early in January, at the New Zealand National ITT Championships, and since then, 13 of the team's riders have joined him on the winners' list, putting Quick-Step Floors at the top in Classics, week-long stage races and Grand Tours.

Fernando Gaviria is one of these riders, the prodigious Colombian who took the Giro d'Italia by storm in May, where he nabbed four stages and the coveted maglia ciclamino. Gaviria, who was forced to miss this summer's races through injury, has returned to action for only a few weeks now and slowly began building his form for the World Championships in Bergen, with the signs so far being very encouraging for the 23-year-old's prospects.

After notching up a stage at the Tour of Britain last week, Fernando added another victory to his palmares, this time at the 102nd edition of the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen, where he benefited from the help of a well-oiled Quick-Step Floors team, who controlled the race from its dawn, keeping a constant eye on the escapees and bringing them back in the second-to-last lap.

In the final kilometers, several riders tried to escape from Quick-Step Floors' clutches, but it was to no avail, as our riders shut down every move with remarkable ease and assembled an impressive lead-out train which delivered the Colombian in a perfect position to unleash his devastating sprint, one that netted the team's 50th victory of the season.

Gaviria – who beat Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Jasper De Buyst (Lotto-Soudal) – was all smiles at the finish in Koolskamp, acknowledging that this success augurs well before going to Norway, where he'll make his second World Championships outing.

"I'm really looking forward to that race; it will be very hard, also because of the weather, but I'm going there in good condition and very confident after this success, for which I want to thank my teammates, who put in a fantastic collective performance", said the first South American winner of the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen, who on Saturday will line out for Primus Classic, where he triumphed last season.

Sport director Rik van Slycke – himself a winner of the Belgian race in the '90s – was emotional at the finish line, and the reasons were obvious: "Today was a really special day for me, because it's exactly 25 years ago that I won this race. To win with the team again, 25 years later, it's just perfect. Without any strong winds to split the field, the tactic was to have all the guys there for the final and we executed the plan perfectly by controlling the race the whole day and bringing back the escapees. The lead-out was a textbook one and Gaviria finished it off by scoring the team's 50th win of 2017. We are really happy and satisfied with how we raced."

Complete Results:

192 kilometers raced at an average speed of 44.214 km/hr

1 Fernando Gaviria Quick-Step Floors 4hr 20min 33sec
2 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
3 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal s.t.
4 August Jensen Team Coop s.t.
5 Aksel Nõmmela Leopard Pro Cycling s.t.
6 Roy Jans WB-Veranclassic s.t.
7 Rudy Barbier Ag2r s.t.
8 Emiel Vermeulen Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
9 Timothy Dupont Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
10 Konrad Geßner Rad-Net Rose s.t.
11 Jonas Rickaert Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
12 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data s.t.
13 Jelle Mannaerts Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
14 André Looij Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
15 Jimmy Duquennoy WB-Veranclassic s.t.
16 Quentin Jauregui Ag2r s.t.
17 Timothy Stevens Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice s.t.
18 Jason van Dalen Delta Cycling s.t.
19 Maximiliano Richeze Quick-Step Floors s.t.
20 Kevin Deltombe Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
21 Aidis Kruopis Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
22 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
23 Twan Castelijns LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
24 Berden de Vries Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
25 Gaëtan Pons Leopard Pro Cycling s.t.
26 Lionel Taminiaux WB-Veranclassic s.t.
27 Lennert Teugels Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
28 Thomas Gibbons Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
29 Oliver Naesen Ag2r s.t.
30 Luc Wirtgen Leopard Pro Cycling s.t.
31 Boris Vallée Fortuneo-Oscaro s.t.
32 Tom Dernies WB-Veranclassic s.t.
33 Michael Goolaerts Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
34 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal +6''
35 Gianni Marchand Cibel-Cebon s.t.
36 Edward Planckaert Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise +8''
37 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
38 Øivind Lukkedal Team Coop s.t.
39 Etienne van Empel Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
40 Timo Roosen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
41 Thomas Deruette WB-Veranclassic s.t.
42 Coen Vermeltfoort Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
43 Andrea Pasqualon Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
44 Álvaro José Hodeg Quick-Step Floors +12''
45 Mikaël Chérel Ag2r +15''
46 Benoît Cosnefroy Ag2r s.t.
47 Kenny Dehaes Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
48 Nicolas Vereecken Roubaix-Lille Metropole +17''
49 Bert Van Lerberghe Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise +19''
50 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal s.t.
51 Maxime Farazijn Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
52 Sven Reutter Rad-Net Rose s.t.
53 Theo Reinhardt Rad-Net Rose s.t.
54 Jérémy Leveau Roubaix-Lille Metropole +23''
55 Carmelo Foti Leopard Pro Cycling s.t.
56 Patrick Müller BMC Racing s.t.
57 Alexander Geuens Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice s.t.
58 Julien Antomarchi Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
59 Gustav Höög Team Coop s.t.
60 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
61 Julien Bérard Ag2r s.t.
62 Daan Meijers Delta Cycling s.t.
63 Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz Quick-Step Floors s.t.
64 Iljo Keisse Quick-Step Floors s.t.
65 Jérémy Lecroq Roubaix-Lille Metropole +28''
66 Stijn Steels Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise +31''
67 Jan Brockhoff Leopard Pro Cycling +35''
68 Krister Hagen Team Coop +36''
69 Wesley Kreder Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
70 Dennis Coenen Cibel-Cebon s.t.
71 Andy Leigh Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
72 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
73 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal +40''
74 Frederik Veuchelen Wanty-Groupe Gobert +51''
75 Amund Grøndahl LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
76 Tom Devriendt Wanty-Groupe Gobert +55''
77 Fabio Sabatini Quick-Step Floors +56''
78 Nikolas Maes Lotto-Soudal s.t.
79 John Mandrysch Leopard Pro Cycling +58''
80 Elias Van Breussegem Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
81 Adriaan Janssen LottoNL-Jumbo +1' 03''
82 Alexey Vermeulen LottoNL-Jumbo +1' 05''
83 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +1' 09''
84 Julien Stassen WB-Veranclassic +1' 11''
85 Jempy Drücker BMC Racing s.t.
86 Florian Vachon Fortuneo-Oscaro +1' 16''
87 Daniel McLay Fortuneo-Oscaro s.t.
88 Thibault Guernalec Fortuneo-Oscaro s.t.
89 Jan-Willem van Schip Delta Cycling +1' 28''
90 Taco van der Hoorn Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
91 Francisco Ventoso BMC Racing +1' 38''
92 Kevin Verwaest Tarteletto-Isorex +1' 41''
93 Moreno De Pauw Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise +1' 45''
94 Styn Debock Cibel-Cebon +1' 49''
95 Enzo Wouters Lotto-Soudal s.t.
96 Bram Welten BMC Racing +2' 04''
97 Erwann Corbel Fortuneo-Oscaro +2' 08''
98 Alan Riou Fortuneo-Oscaro +2' 47''
99 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data +2' 56''
100 Davide Martinelli Quick-Step Floors +3' 03''
101 Benoît Jarrier Fortuneo-Oscaro s.t.
102 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
103 Sjoerd Bax Delta Cycling s.t.
104 Lawrence Naesen WB-Veranclassic s.t.
105 Emiel Planckaert Lotto-Soudal s.t.
106 David Boucher Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice s.t.
107 Domenic Weinstein Rad-Net Rose +4' 21''
108 Ryan Gibbons Dimension Data +5' 10''