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2021 De Brabantse Pijl (1.Pro), Belgium

La Flèche Brabançonne

61st edition: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

De Brabantse Pijl podium history | 2020 edition | Map | Start list

Leuven-Overijse, 201.7 km

Tom Pidcock

Thomas Pidcock gets his first professional win.

Weather at the finish city of Overijse at 1:40 PM, local time: 8C (46F), mostly cloudy, with the wind from the north at 6 km/hr (4 mph). There is a 3% chance of rain growing to 12% by 4:00.

The race: Here's the organizer's race summary:

After a fast and hard race, Van Aert, Trentin and Pidcock sprinted for victory in Overijse. The British rider had the most power in his legs. He beat Van Aert and Trentin.

There were nine of them, the men of the classic early breakaway after the start in Leuven. First, Coquard (B&B Hotels P/B KTM), Leknessund (Team DSM), Meeus (Bora-hansgrohe), Mertens (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Robeet (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Skaarseth (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) and Van Moer (Lotto Soudal) got away from the peloton. A little later, Morin (Cofidis) and Van Melsen (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matérieaux) were also able to join. Their maximum lead was about 6'18".

At a bit more than 60 km from the finish Skujins (Trek-Segafredo), Cavagna (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), Bystrom (UAE Team Emirates) and Stannard (Team BikeExchange) set up a counterattack. In the back, Teuns (Bahrain Victorious), Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën Team) and Riesebeek (Alpecin-Fenix) also attacked.

In the meantime the gap with the leaders was shrinking. First Van Melsen had to drop out of the lead and at the second climb of the Moskesstraat it also went too fast for Coquard. At about 45 km from the line the two chasing groups merged while the leading group was on its way to the second climb of the S-curve. There the leading group broke up, with 5 riders remaining at the front.

At the third climb of Rue Ducale, Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers) thought his moment had come. He got Trentin (UAE Team Emirates) and Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) with him. On the way to the third time Moskesstraat, the group Teuns-Cosnefroy joined at the front and shortly afterwards the trio Pidcock-Trentin-Van Aert could also join them. At the top of Moskesstraat the gap was about one minute.

At approximately 30 km from the finish line, the front started crimping. Cosnefroy accelerated on the Holstheide. Trentin and Van Aert quickly followed, while Pidcock had more difficulty. Not much later it was Trentin who attacked again in the descent to the S-curve. The Italian had an 18-second lead on the chasers when the final lap began. One rider was able to join the Van Aert group from the back: Ide Schelling (Bora-hansgrohe).

With 15km to go, Pidcock accelerated again on Hertstraat. Van Aert went in search of the lone leader Trentin together with the Brit. On the fourth and final Moskesstraat, nothing happened at the front, but in the background it was Teuns and Cosnefroy who tried to close the gap.

On the Holstheide, the story of the chasers was over. Cosnefroy made an ultimate attempt on the final climb but fell just short. Van Aert attacked, but Pidcock passed him. The Brit of INEOS Grenadiers pocketed his first spring classic. Trentin finished in third place.

Complete results:

158 starters, 112 classified finishers, 45 abandons, 1 disqualification.

201.7 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.776 km/hr

1 PIDCOCK Thomas INEOS Grenadiers 4hr 36min 27sec
2 VAN AERT Wout Jumbo-Visma s.t.
3 TRENTIN Matteo UAE-Team Emirates @ 2sec
4 SCHELLING Ide Bora-hansgrohe 0:07
5 SKUJINS Toms Trek-Segafredo s.t.
6 STANNARD Robert Team BikeExchange s.t.
7 TEUNS Dylan Bahrain-Victorious s.t.
8 COSNEFROY Benoit Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
9 RIESEBEEK Oscar Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
10 LEKNESSUND Andreas Team DSM 0:12
11 CAVAGNA Remi Deceuninck-Quick Step 0:25
12 VAN AVERMAET Greg Ag2r-Citroën 0:48
13 DE BONDT Dries Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
14 MADOUAS Valentin Groupama-FDJ s.t.
15 MENTEN Milan Bingoal-WB s.t.
16 MONIQUET Sylvain Lotto Soudal s.t.
17 CAMPENAERTS Victor Qhubeka-Assos 0:51
18 LAPORTE Christophe Cofidis 0:53
19 BURGHARDT Marcus Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
20 MOLARD Rudy Groupama-FDJ s.t.
21 PARET-PEINTRE Aurelien Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
22 VAN DER SANDE Tosh Lotto Soudal s.t.
23 SERRY Pieter Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
24 SBARAGLI Kristian Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
25 OLDANI Stefano Lotto Soudal s.t.
26 CARR Simon EF Education-Nippo s.t.
27 ARMEE Sander Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
28 HOELGAARD Markus Uno-X s.t.
29 LAMMERTINK Maurits Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
30 ROTA Lorenzo Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
31 CARAPAZ Richard INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
32 VAN GESTEL Dries Total Direct Energie s.t.
33 MEZGEC Luka Team BikeExchange s.t.
34 WIRTGEN Luc Bingoal-WB s.t.
35 POWER Robert Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
36 DE TIER Floris Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
37 MOHORIC Matej Bahrain-Victorious s.t.
38 STUYVEN Jasper Trek-Segafredo s.t.
39 HOFSTETTER Hugo Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
40 LAMPAERT Yves Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
41 LEMOINE Cyril B&B Hotels 1:10
42 THEUNS Edward Trek-Segafredo 1:17
43 BAKELANTS Jan Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert 1:20
44 WANDAHL Frederik Bora-hansgrohe 1:22
45 STOKBRO Andreas Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
46 FERRON Valentin Total Direct Energie s.t.
47 WALLAYS Jelle Cofidis s.t.
48 VERMAERKE Kevin Team DSM s.t.
49 VANDENABEELE Henri Team DSM s.t.
50 RIABUSHENKO Alexandr UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
51 BIERMANS Jenthe Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
52 GIBBONS Ryan UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
53 MEURISSE Xandro Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
54 BROWN Connor Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
55 GODON Dorian Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
56 HVIDEBERG Jonas Uno-X s.t.
57 SPRENGERS Thomas Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
58 MARTENS Paul Jumbo-Visma 1:25
59 JUNGELS Bob Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
60 GOOSSENS Kobe Lotto Soudal s.t.
61 TULETT Ben Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
62 DE GENDT Aime Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert 1:28
63 LIVYNS Arjen Bingoal-WB 1:31
64 COLBRELLI Sonny Bahrain-Victorious s.t.
65 WILLIAMS Stephen Bahrain-Victorious 1:43
66 BARTHE Cyril B&B Hotels 2:04
67 HOWES Alex EF Education-Nippo 2:18
68 MARCATO Marco UAE-Team Emirates 2:19
69 BYSTRØM Sven Erik UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
70 SKAARSETH Anders Uno-X s.t.
71 ABRAHAMSEN Jonas Uno-X 2:27
72 WÆRSTED Syver Uno-X s.t.
73 THOMAS Benjamin Groupama-FDJ 3:11
74 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation 6:34
75 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan Jumbo-Visma s.t.
76 EENKHOORN Pascal Jumbo-Visma s.t.
77 ROWE Luke INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
78 RENARD Alexis Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
79 VLIEGEN Loic Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
80 VERWILST Aaron Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
81 VAN DEN BERG Marijn Groupama-FDJ s.t.
82 DUNBAR Eddie INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
83 LIENHARD Fabian Groupama-FDJ s.t.
84 GRIGNARD Sebastien Lotto Soudal s.t.
85 FINE Eddy Cofidis s.t.
86 LAENGEN Vegard UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
87 CRADDOCK Lawson EF Education-Nippo s.t.
88 ROBEET Ludovic Bingoal-WB 6:38
89 MEEUS Jordi Bora-hansgrohe 6:42
90 VAN MOER Brent Lotto Soudal s.t.
91 HERREGODTS Rune Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 7:00
92 GAMPER Patrick Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
93 KONYCHEV Alexander Team BikeExchange s.t.
94 MOLLY Kenny Bingoal-WB s.t.
95 ROOSEN Timo Jumbo-Visma s.t.
96 VAN ROOY Kenneth Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
97 TIBERI Antonio Trek-Segafredo 7:13
98 BASSO Leonardo INEOS Grenadiers 8:53
99 GOLAS Michal INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
100 GOLDSTEIN Edo Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
101 PEAK Barnabas Team BikeExchange s.t.
102 WIRTGEN Tom Bingoal-WB s.t.
103 GARRISON Ian Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
104 MORIN Emmanuel Cofidis s.t.
105 URIANSTAD Martin Uno-X s.t.
106 KULSET Kristian Uno-X s.t.
107 GAILLARD Marlon Total Direct Energie s.t.
108 CORT Magnus EF Education-Nippo s.t.
109 MERTENS Julian Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
110 BAUER Jack Team BikeExchange 9:12
111 EDMONDSON Alex Team BikeExchange 9:16
112 GALL Felix Team DSM s.t.

Course map:

2021 Brabantse Pijl map

Start list with back numbers, April 13, 2021:

DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP
1 CATTANEO Mattia
2 CAVAGNA Rémi
3 LAMPAERT Yves
4 GARRISON Ian
5 HONORÉ Mikkel
6 SERRY Pieter
7 SENECHAL Florian
INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT
11 BAKELANTS Jan
12 DE GENDT Aimé
13 VAN MELSEN Kevin
14 LAMMERTINK Maurits
15 ROTA Lorenzo
16 EIKING Odd Christian
17 VLIEGEN Loïc
LOTTO SOUDAL
21 VAN DER SANDE Tosh
22 GRIGNARD Sébastien
23 GOOSSENS Kobe
24 MARCZYNSKI Tomasz
25 MONIQUET Sylvain
26 OLDANI Stefano
27 VAN MOER Brent
AG2R-CITROEN
31 VAN AVERMAET Greg
32 JUNGELS Bob
33 COSNEFROY Benoit
34 GODON Dorian
35 PARET-PEINTRE Aurélien
36 TOUZÉ Damien
37 DEWULF Stan
BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS
41 COLBRELLI Sonny
42 CAPECCHI Eros
43 HAUSSLER Heinrich
45 MOHORIC Matej
46 TEUNS Dylan
47 WILLIAMS Stephen
BORA-HANSGROHE
51 POLITT Nils
52 BURGHARDT Marcus
53 GAMPER Patrick
54 LAAS Martin
55 MEEUS Jordi
56 SCHELLING Ide
57 WANDAHL Frederik
COFIDIS
61 LAPORTE Christophe
62 CHAMPION Thomas
63 FINÉ Eddy
64 HAAS Nathan
65 MORIN Emmanuel
66 VANBILSEN Kenneth
67 WALLAYS Jelle
EF EDUCATION-NIPPO
71 CORT NIELSEN Magnus
72 CARR Simon
73 CRADDOCK Lawson
74 HOWES Alex
75 NAKANE Hideto
76 OWEN Logan
77 VAN DEN BERG Julius
GROUPAMA-FDJ
81 GENIETS Kevin
82 BONNET William
83 LIENHARD Fabian
84 MADOUAS Valentin
85 MOLARD Rudy
86 THOMAS Benjamin
87 VAN DEN BERG Marijn
INEOS GRENADIERS
91 PIDCOCK Thomas
92 CARAPAZ Richard
93 DUNBAR Eddie
94 GOLAS Michal
95 BASSO Leonardo
96 ROWE Luke
97 WURF Cameron
ISRAEL START-UP NATION
101 VANMARCKE Sep
102 BIERMANS Jenthe
103 HOFSTETTER Hugo
104 BOIVIN Guillaume
105 RENARD Alexis
106 VAHTRA Norman
107 GOLDSTEIN Edo
JUMBO-VISMA
111 VAN AERT Wout
112 EENKHOORN Pascal
113 FISHER-BLACK Finn
114 LEEMREIZE Gijs
115 MARTENS Paul
116 ROOSEN Timo
117 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE
121 MATTHEWS Michael
122 BAUER Jack
123 EDMONDSON Alexander
124 KONYCHEV Alexander
125 MEZGEC Luka
126 PEÁK Barnabas
127 STANNARD Robert
TEAM DSM
131 BRENNER Marco
132 SALMON Martin
133 GALL Felix
134 HEINSCHKE Leon
135 LEKNESSUND Andreas
136 VANDENABEELE Henri
137 VERMAERKE Kevin
QHUBEKA-ASSOS
141 CAMPENAERTS Victor
142 ARMEE Sander
143 BROWN Connor
144 VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
145 NIELSEN Andreas
146 LINDEMAN Bertjan
147 POWER Robert
TREK-SEGAFREDO
151 STUYVEN Jasper
152 DE KORT Koen
154 RIES Michel
155 SKUJINS Toms
156 THEUNS Edward
157 TIBERI Antonio
UAE TEAM EMIRATES
161 TRENTIN Matteo
162 BYSTROM Sven
163 GIBBONS Ryan
164 LAENGEN Vegard
165 MARCATO Marco
166 TROIA Oliviero
167 RIABUSHENKO Aliaksandr
ALPECIN-FENIX
171 VAKOC Petr
172 DE TIER Floris
173 MEURISSE Xandro
174 RIESEBEEK Oscar
175 SBARAGLI Kristian
176 TULETT Ben
177 DE BONDT Dries
BINGOAL-WB
181 LIVYNS Arjen
182 MENTEN Milan
183 MOLLY Kenny
184 ROBEET Ludovic
185 VALLEE Boris
186 WIRTGEN Luc
187 WIRTGEN Tom
SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
191 HERREGODTS Rune
192 MERTENS Julian
193 SPRENGERS Thomas
194 VAN POUCKE Aaron
195 VAN ROOY Kenneth
196 VERWILST Aaron
197 VANHOOF Ward
B&B HOTELS
201 COQUARD Bryan
202 BACKAERT Frederik
203 BARTHE Cyril
205 DE BACKER Bert
206 LEMOINE Cyril
207 MORICE Julien
TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE
211 FERRON Valentin
212 GAILLARD Marlon
213 GENIEZ Alexandre
214 MAITRE Florian
215 MANZIN Lorrenzo
216 TURGIS Anthony
217 VAN GESTEL Dries
UNO-X
221 ABRAHAMSEN Jonas
222 KULSET Kristian
223 HOELGAARD Markus
224 HVIDEBERG Jonas
225 SKAARSETH Anders
226 URIANSTAD Martin
227 WÆRSTED Syver