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2020 De Brabantse Pijl (1.Pro), Belgium

La Flèche Brabançonne

60th edition: Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020

De Brabantse Pijl podium history | 2019 edition | 2021 edition

Leuven - Overijse, 197.2 km

Julian Alaphilippe

Julian Alaphilppe wins in Orverijse. Photo: Getty Sport

Weather at the finish city of Overijse at 1:50 PM, local time: 14C (58C), mostly cloudy, with the wind from the west at 24 km/hr (15 mph). There is a 5% chance of rain.

Plato's Phaedo

The race: The organizers posted this note a few days before the race: On Wednesday 7 October, the 60th edition of De Brabantse Pijl is on the programme. Given the current health situation in Belgium, we as organisation call on you to follow the race at home. It was therefore decided not to release any information about the course.

Here's the report from winner Julian Alaphilippe's Deceuninck-Quick step team:

One year after finishing runner-up in Overijse, Julian Alaphilippe took the spoils at Brabantse Pijl, adding the Belgian one-day race to his ever-growing palmares. Making just his second appearance since becoming World Champion at the end of September, Alaphilippe lined out in Leuven, supported by a strong Deceuninck – Quick-Step team, as one of the main favourites, and he didn’t disappoint.

Determined to make amends after last Sunday’s Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Julian ignited the race with 60 kilometers to go, when he plugged away from a stunned peloton, which needed some time to organise itself before making the catch. The Frenchman immediately sent his team to the front to set a searing pace and bring back the original breakaway, before doing another move, this time 35 kilometers from the finish.

Only Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) could match the World Champion’s acceleration, and the duo began working together, opening a 20-second gap which saw them stay at the front until 25 kilometers to go, when the bunch got back on terms. On the Mosskestraat, one of the last hills of the day, Zdenek Stybar came to the front and drove a huge tempo, setting up another attack of Alaphilippe. The Frenchman lit up the race again, this time being joined by the same Dutch Champion, but also by countryman Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R), together with whom he forged a 20-second advantage that proved too much for the chasing group.

On the Schavei, no attacks came from the trio, who preferred to wait for the final 200 meters to battle for victory. Alaphilippe patiently bided his time as Cosnefroy led out, and came around with just 100 meters to go, crossing the line ahead of last year’s winner Van der Poel for a tyre’s width and putting his name on the race’s roll of honour.

“This win makes me happy as it came at the right moment after the disappointment of last Sunday. I took some time to think about what happened there and I arrived here without any pressure, just to have fun and enjoy the experience. I am grateful to the team, which was very strong, and always by my side. Dries played an important role today; he is indispensable to me, has a lot of experience, works hard for the team, is always calm and knows what to do in the important moments.”

“In the final I took the responsibility and attacked several times to make the difference. Going into the last kilometer, I had some pain in the legs, but gave my best, and although it was really close again, I’m delighted that I came out on top. I didn’t expect to win today, but I believed in my chances and I couldn’t be happier with this victory”, said the fourth reigning World Champion in history and the first in 15 years to triumph at Brabantse Pijl.

Complete Results:

197.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.735 km/hr

1 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Deceuninck-Quick Step 4hr 36min 52sec
2 VAN DER POEL Mathieu Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
3 COSNEFROY Benoit Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
4 COLBRELLI Sonny Bahrain-McLaren @ 13sec
5 BARGUIL Warren Arkea-Samsic s.t.
6 KWIATKOWSKI Michal INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
7 BAGIOLI Andrea Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
8 TURGIS Anthony Total Direct Energie s.t.
9 COVI Alessandro UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
10 DEVENYNS Dries Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
11 DEWULF Stan Lotto-Soudal s.t.
12 TEUNS Dylan Bahrain-McLaren 0:17
13 SCHELLING Ide Bora-hansgrohe 0:25
14 PASQUALON Andrea Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
15 LIVYNS Arjen Bingoal-WB s.t.
16 MEZGEC Luka Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
17 GODON Dorian Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
18 ERIKSSON Lucas Riwal Securitas s.t.
19 DE BUYST Jasper Lotto-Soudal s.t.
20 SBARAGLI Kristian Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
21 DE MARCHI Alessandro CCC Team 0:28
22 VANENDERT Jelle Bingoal-WB s.t.
23 FRAILE Omar Astana s.t.
24 KRON Andreas Riwal Securitas 0:30
25 VALGREN Michael NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
26 OLIVEIRA Rui UAE-Team Emirates 0:32
27 BARDET Romain Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
28 BAKELANTS Jan Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
29 JENSEN August Riwal Securitas 0:54
30 CAPIOT Amaury Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 1:04
31 DEGENKOLB John Lotto-Soudal 1:38
32 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan CCC Team 1:44
33 PEYSKENS Dimitri Bingoal-WB s.t.
34 BACKAERT Frederik B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
35 BURGHARDT Marcus Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
36 LEMOINE Cyril Cofidis 1:49
37 MEURISSE Xandro Circus-Wanty Gobert 1:55
38 POSTLBERGER Lukas Bora-hansgrohe 1:58
39 VAKOC Petr Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
40 DECLERCQ Benjamin Arkea-Samsic s.t.
41 CLAEYS Dimitri Cofidis s.t.
42 THEUNS Edward Trek-Segafredo s.t.
43 CHAMPOUSSIN Clement Ag2r La Mondiale 2:32
44 VAN ASBROECK Tom Israel Start-Up Nation 2:58
45 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
46 JENSEN Mattias Trek-Segafredo s.t.
47 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
48 VAN DER SANDE Tosh Lotto-Soudal s.t.
49 WELLENS Tim Lotto-Soudal 3:25
50 DE BONDT Dries Alpecin-Fenix 4:22
51 MENTEN Milan Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
52 VAN DER LIJKE Nick Riwal Securitas s.t.
53 RIABUSHENKO Alexandr UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
54 VAN ROOY Kenneth Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
55 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
56 VAN MOER Brent Lotto-Soudal s.t.
57 ZIMMERMANN Georg CCC Team s.t.
58 PACHER Quentin B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
59 BOUHANNI Nacer Arkea-Samsic s.t.
60 SHAW James Riwal Securitas s.t.
61 ARENSMAN Thymen Team Sunweb s.t.
62 LAMMERTINK Maurits Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
63 LIGTHART Pim Total Direct Energie s.t.
64 STORER Michael Team Sunweb s.t.
65 POELS Wout Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
66 VANSEVENANT Mauri Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
67 LEDANOIS Kevin Arkea-Samsic s.t.
68 GRMAY Tsgabu Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
69 KAMNA Lennard Bora-hansgrohe 4:41
70 GESCHKE Simon CCC Team s.t.
71 HUYS Laurens Bingoal-WB 4:48
72 DONOVAN Mark Team Sunweb s.t.
73 ROWE Luke INEOS Grenadiers 4:52
74 STYBAR Zdenek Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
75 TRENTIN Matteo CCC Team 5:06
76 DE KORT Koen Trek-Segafredo 7:05
77 PEAK Barnabas Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
78 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
79 WURF Cameron INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
80 BARBERO Carlos NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
81 VELASCO Simone Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
82 AASVOLD Kristian Riwal Securitas s.t.
83 GOLDSTEIN Omer Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
84 LAFAY Victor Cofidis s.t.
85 VAN POUCKE Aaron Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
86 RUSSO Clement Arkea-Samsic s.t.
87 BASSO Leonardo INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
88 HARDY Romain Arkea-Samsic s.t.
89 STANNARD Robert Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
90 SIMON Julien Total Direct Energie s.t.
91 BUITRAGO Santiago Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
92 TILLER Rasmus NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
93 FERRON Valentin Total Direct Energie s.t.
94 VERMOTE Julien Cofidis s.t.
95 GAILLARD Marlon Total Direct Energie s.t.
96 SPRENGERS Thomas Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
97 VAN HOECKE Gijs CCC Team s.t.
98 VINJEBO Emil Riwal Securitas s.t.
99 FOMINYKH Daniil Astana s.t.
100 KUZNETSOV Viacheslav Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
101 DEBUSSCHERE Jens B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
102 CANOLA Marco Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
103 STEIMLE Jannik Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
104 JULLIEN Anthony Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
105 KRIEGER Alexander Alpecin-Fenix 7:19
106 HEINSCHKE Leon Team Sunweb s.t.
107 COQUARD Bryan B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 10:10
108 ALLEGAERT Piet Cofidis s.t.
109 CHEVALIER Maxime B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
110 GIDICH Yevgeniy Astana s.t.
111 EDMONDSON Alex Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
112 SCHELLING Patrick Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
113 STRAKHOV Dmitry Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
114 TIBERI Antonio Trek-Segafredo 15:07