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2019 Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
(1.1), Belgium

104th edition: Friday, September 20, 2019

Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen (Championship of Flanders) podium history | 2017 edition (we did not cover the 2018 edition)

Koolskamp - Koolskamp, 17 laps of 11.1 km, 186 kilometers total distance

Jannik Steimle

Jannik Steimle gets his pro career going with a bang.

Weather at Roeselare, near the start/finish city of Koolskamp at 2:00 PM, local time:19C (66F), sunny, with the wind from the east at 19 km/hr (12 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from winner Jannik Steimle's Deceuninck-Quick Step team.

What a way to kick off your pro career! Jannik Steimle, who is spending the last weeks of the season as a stagiaire before joining the team on a two-year contract that he inked earlier this week, doesn’t miss any opportunity to showcase his talent, and as such, he is off to an amazing start as part of the most successful squad of the past decade.

His most recent feat came Friday afternoon, when Jannik darted clear in the closing kilometers of an attritional Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen (186km), carved out a small advantage over a fragmented bunch and carried it all the way to the line, battling the strong winds as the chasers were launching one desperate attack after another in order to bring him back.

Up until that point, the race was controlled by Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who kept the three-man breakaway on a tight leash before ruthlessly destroying the peloton in savage crosswinds which reduced the pack down to 40 riders. Our team’s strong grip discouraged attacks until inside 15 kilometers to go, when gusting winds split again the main group, leaving some 25 riders at the front. Pieter Serry was on duty for the Wolfpack, expertly shutting down attacks and keeping things together for Dutch Champion Fabio Jakobsen, one of the squad’s riders to have made the cut.

But it was another Deceuninck – Quick-Step member, Jannik Steimle, who ignited a move which turned out to be decisive on the long and exposed roads of Koolskamp, where the race traditionally starts and finishes. Even though his advantage was minimal, the 23-year-old managed to remain at the front, displaying remarkable physical and mental strength as he charged to his first UCI victory in the Deceuninck – Quick-Step jersey, which on the podium he exchanged for the famous Lion of Flanders yellow jersey that rewards the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen winner.

“I can tell you it has been an incredible week for me, and it’s quite difficult to understand what’s been happening over the past few days. But what I can tell you is that winning for this amazing team, while my family and friends followed me on the TV today, gives me an incredible feeling”, an overjoyed Jannik said after seizing again the moment, just as he did at Textielprijs Vichte, on Tuesday.

“Maybe on paper we didn’t have the strongest team today, but mentally we are the strongest. The plan was to save energy, so we could go full gas in the final laps, so I worked together with the guys to protect Fabio and keep him out of the wind. Then we split the bunch in the crosswinds, and with seven kilometers to go I attacked and put some 20-30 meters between me and the group. Once I entered the final kilometer, I did a long sprint to the finish and it was really crazy to think what I would achieve. A big thanks to the team for this opportunity and for believing in me”, explained the third German rider in history to win the Belgian race.

Complete Results:

186 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.753 km/hr

1 Jannik Steimle Deceuninck-Quick Step 4hr 3min 55sec
2 Timo Roosen Jumbo-Visma @ 1sec
3 Dylan Groenewegen Jumbo-Visma 4''
4 Adrien Petit Total Direct Energie s.t.
5 Cees Bol Team Sunweb s.t.
6 Lawrence Naesen Lotto-Soudal s.t.
7 Emiel Vermeulen Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole s.t.
8 Giacomo Nizzolo Dimension Data s.t.
9 Edward Theuns Trek-Segafredo s.t.
10 Baptiste Planckaert Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
11 Jordi Warlop Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
12 Piotr Havik BEAT Cycling Club s.t.
13 Hugo Hofstetter Cofidis s.t.
14 Marco Haller Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
15 Pieter Serry Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
16 Ylber Sefa Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
17 Mikkel Honoré Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
18 Jonas Koch CCC Team s.t.
19 Tim Merlier Corendon-Circus s.t.
20 Mike Teunissen Jumbo-Visma s.t.
21 Jan-Willem van Schip Roompot-Charles 12''
22 Thomas Boudat Total Direct Energie 14''
23 Brent Clé Corendon-Circus s.t.
24 Fabio Jakobsen Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
25 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data 20''
26 Brian van Goethem Lotto-Soudal 22''
27 Jonas Rickaert Corendon-Circus 23''
28 Guillaume Seye BEAT Cycling Club 35''
29 Mads Pedersen Trek-Segafredo 1' 33''
30 Max Walscheid Team Sunweb 2' 24''
31 Joeri Stallaert Corendon-Circus s.t.
32 Romain Cardis Total Direct Energie s.t.
33 Jordi Meeus SEG Racing Academy s.t.
34 Enzo Wouters Lotto-Soudal s.t.
35 Reto Müller Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
36 Jakub Mareczko CCC Team s.t.
37 Alexander Konychev Dimension Data Continental s.t.
38 Wim Reynaerts Cibel s.t.
39 Timothy Dupont Wanty-Gobert s.t.
40 Lindsay De Vylder Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
41 Tomas Joseph Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
42 Pierre Gouault Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole s.t.
43 Yves Coolen BEAT Cycling Club s.t.
44 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck CCC Team s.t.
45 Tom Paquot Wallonie-Bruxelles Development s.t.
46 Filippo Fortin Cofidis s.t.
47 Dmitriy Strakhov Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
48 Tom Wirtgen Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
49 Fred Wright CCC Team s.t.
50 Matthias Reutimann Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
51 Yves Lütolf Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
52 Johannes Fröhlinger Team Sunweb s.t.
53 Pierre Barbier Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole s.t.
54 Adam Yates Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
55 Julien Vermote Dimension Data s.t.
56 Lars Bak Dimension Data s.t.
57 Aksel Nõmmel Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
58 Sven Burger SEG Racing Academy s.t.
59 Alan Riou Arkea-Samsic s.t.
60 Ben Swift Team INEOS s.t.
61 Kaden Groves SEG Racing Academy s.t.
62 Yoeri Havik Vlasman CT s.t.
63 Roy Jans Corendon-Circus s.t.
64 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data s.t.
65 Lasse Hansen Corendon-Circus s.t.
66 Taco van der Hoorn Jumbo-Visma s.t.
67 André Greipel Arkea-Samsic s.t.
68 Asbjørn Kragh Team Sunweb s.t.
69 Jens Debusschere Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
70 Zico Waeytens Cofidis s.t.
71 Gerben Thijssen Lotto-Soudal s.t.
72 Arjen Livyns Roompot-Charles s.t.
73 Elmar Reinders Roompot-Charles s.t.
74 Stijn Steels Roompot-Charles s.t.
75 Tom Leezer Jumbo-Visma s.t.
76 Jens Keukeleire Lotto-Soudal s.t.
77 Wesley Kreder Wanty-Gobert s.t.
78 José Gonçalves Katusha-Alpecin 2' 34''
79 Max Kanter Team Sunweb 2' 57''
80 Sjoerd van Ginneken Roompot-Charles 3' 18''
81 Marten Kooistra SEG Racing Academy s.t.
82 Jesper Rasch SEG Racing Academy 6' 40''
83 Jonas Goeman Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
84 David Boucher Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
85 Jacob Relaes Cibel s.t.
86 Connor Swift Arkea-Samsic s.t.
87 Fumiyuki Beppu Trek-Segafredo s.t.
88 Reto Hollenstein Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
89 Alex Mengoulas BEAT Cycling Club s.t.
90 Adam Lewis BEAT Cycling Club s.t.
91 Boris Vallée Wanty-Gobert s.t.
92 Lukas Rüegg Swiss Racing Academy s.t.
93 Alexandre Pichot Total Direct Energie s.t.
94 Dylan Bouwmans Metec-TKH Continental s.t.
95 Jay Thomson Dimension Data s.t.
96 Alfdan De Decker Wanty-Gobert s.t.
97 Tom Devriendt Wanty-Gobert s.t.
98 Jelle Wolsink Vlasman CT s.t.
99 Stef Krul Metec-TKH Continental s.t.
100 Glenn Debruyne Cibel s.t.
101 Christophe Noppe Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 6' 51''
102 Edward Planckaert Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
103 Matteo Moschetti Trek-Segafredo s.t.
104 Serge Pauwels CCC Team s.t.
105 Francisco Ventoso CCC Team s.t.