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2023 Bredene Koksijde Classic (1.Pro), Belgium

Formerly: Handzame Classic
20th edition: Friday, March 17, 2023

Handzame Classic historic results | 2022 edition | 2024 edition | Course profile | Start list

Bredene - Koksijde, 191.6 km

Gerben Thijssen wins in Koksijde

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Weather at the finish city of Koksijde at 12:40 PM, local time: 12C (54F), rain, with the wind from the southeast at 10 km/hr (6 mph). The rain is forecast to end about 1:45.

The race: Three non-starters: Madis Mihkels (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty), Antonio Barac (Corretec) & Dries van Gestel (TotalEnergies).

Here's the report from third-place Sam Welsford's Team DSM:

Sam Welsford capped off a strong team performance at the one-day Bredene Koksijde Classic to finish in third place, coming from behind to draw level on the line but just running out of road to get his wheel in front.

The race proved to be a hectic one throughout, apart from the early lull in action once the day’s early breakaway of four riders formed, eventually gaining up to six minutes before the gap started to fall under the impetus of the peloton behind. Team DSM were committed to riding for Welsford from the start, keeping him well positioned and out of trouble through the narrow lanes and exposed sections in which crosswinds often threatened to split the peloton.

Small groups formed in these tricky sections, as well as due to crashes in the peloton, but each time the race regrouped at the front. Everything was back together with 40 kilometres to race and from here the peloton was happy to keep the pace high in preparation for a bunch sprint.

The guys rallied well towards the front, positioning themselves ahead of tricky corners and narrow sections before dropping Welsford off in the final kilometre from where he had to come from behind to catch the sprinters ahead of him. Despite being the fastest over the closing metres, he just missed out on taking the win as his front wheel passed the line in third still carrying the speed to take him past the winner just after the line.

Here's a ground-level shot of the finish.

Team DSM coach Roy Curvers said after the finish: “We did a good race again and rode our own plan today, ready to take the race in our hands. In the final I saw all the guys dedicated to keeping Sam out of trouble and making sure he would be able to sprint with the first guys. I think some minor mistakes were made in the last 1.5 kilometres which meant Sam had to start his sprint from a little far back.

“But when you see the images you see he’s riding the fastest sprint and finished back on the podium. We can be really happy with the process we’re in these past weeks. This, again, is a confirmation that we are doing things right and it comes now to fine tuning and for sure more wins will follow.”

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Complete results:

191.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 44.604 km/hr

1 Gerben Thijssen Intermarché-Circus-Wanty 4hr 17min 44sec
2 Pascal Ackermann UAE Team Emirates s.t.
3 Sam Welsford Team DSM s.t.
4 Lionel Taminiaux Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
5 Jakub Mareczko Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
6 Rüdiger Selig Lotto Dstny s.t.
7 Juna Sebastian Molano UAE Team Emirates s.t.
8 Sean Flynn Team DSM s.t.
9 Kristoffer Halvorsen Uno-X s.t.
10 Edward Theuns Trek-Segafredo s.t.
11 Martijn Budding TDT-Unibet s.t.
12 Itamar Einhorn Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
13 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB s.t.
14 Szymon Sajnok Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
15 Matteo Malucelli Bingoal-WB s.t.
16 Andrea Peron Novo Nordisk s.t.
17 Edvald Boasson-Hagen TotalEnergies s.t.
18 Tom Van Asbroeck Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
19 August Jensen Human Powered Health s.t.
20 Timothy Dupont Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
21 David Dekker Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
22 Tim Merlier Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
23 Cédric Beullens Lotto Dstny s.t.
24 Alex Colman Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
25 Joren Bloem TDT-Unibet s.t.
26 Nick Van Der Meer VolkerWessels s.t.
27 Thomas Joseph Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
28 Jensen Plowright Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
29 Louis Blouwe Bingoal-WB s.t.
30 Luca Van Boven Bingoal-WB s.t.
31 Matyas Kopecky Novo Nordisk s.t.
32 Zak Coleman VolkerWessels s.t.
33 Ethan Vernon Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
34 Emilien Jeannière TotalEnergies s.t.
35 Bert Van Lerberghe Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
36 Davide Bomboi TDT-Unibet s.t.
37 Jens Reynders Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
38 Stian Fredheim Uno-X s.t.
39 Abram Stockman TDT-Unibet s.t.
40 Gijs Van Hoecke Human Powered Health s.t.
41 Liam Slock Lotto Dstny s.t.
42 Etienne Van Empel Team Corratec s.t.
43 Guy Sagiv Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
44 Stan Van Tricht Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
45 Martin Svrcek Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
46 Tord Gudmestad Uno-X s.t.
47 Tim Naberman Team DSM @ 13sec
48 Ruben Apers Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
49 Anthony Delaplace Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
50 Daniel McLay Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
51 Boy Van Poppel Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
52 Mathias Vacek Trek-Segafredo s.t.
53 Emils Liepins Trek-Segafredo s.t.
54 Brent Van Moer Lotto Dstny 0:17
55 Jannik Steimle Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
56 Ryan Gibbons UAE Team Emirates 0:20
57 Nickolas Zukowsky Q36.5 Pro Cycling 0:22
58 Laurenz Rex Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
59 Tobias Lund Andresen Team DSM 0:29
60 Coen Vermeltfoort VolkerWessels 0:31
61 Lukasz Owsian Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
62 Thibau Nys Trek-Segafredo s.t.
63 Riley Pickrell Israel-Premier Tech 0:34
64 Dries De Pooter Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
65 Tomas Kopecky TDT-Unibet s.t.
66 Andreas Goeman Tarteletto-Isorex 0:36
67 Ivo Oliveira UAE Team Emirates 0:49
68 Tom Devriendt Q36.5 Pro Cycling 0:59
69 Patrick Eddy Team DSM 1:03
70 Michael Schwarzmann Lotto Dstny s.t.
71 Leon Heinschke Team DSM s.t.
72 Louis Barré Arkéa-Samsic 1:12
73 Edward Planckaert Alpecin-Deceuninck 1:15
74 Baptiste Planckaert Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
75 Nicolò Parisini Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
76 Mattéo Vercher TotalEnergies 1:18
77 Karl Patrick Lauk Bingoal-WB s.t.
78 Ayco Bastiaens Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
79 Julius Johansen Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
80 Mikkel Bjerg UAE Team Emirates 1:20
81 Kamil Malecki Q36.5 Pro Cycling 1:34
82 Lorrenzo Manzin TotalEnergies 1:46
83 Fredrik Dversnes Uno-X s.t.
84 Vegard Stake Laengen UAE Team Emirates s.t.
85 Louis Bendixen Uno-X s.t.
86 Martin Urianstad Uno-X s.t.
87 Timo De Jong VolkerWessels 1:48
88 Sjoerd Bax UAE Team Emirates s.t.
89 Tuur Dens Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
90 Jonas Rickaert Alpecin-Deceuninck 2:01


Race profile:

2023 Bredene Koksijde Classic profile

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Start list with back numbers, March 16, 2023:

1 Pascal Ackermann
2 Ivo Oliveira
3 Ryan Gibbons
4 Sjoerd Bax
5 Mikkel Bjerg
6 Vegard Stake Laengen
7 Juan Sebastian Molano
11 Tim Merlier
12 Josef Cerný
13 Jannik Steimle
14 Martin Svrcek
15 Bert Van Lerberghe
16 Stan Van Tricht
17 Ethan Vernon
21 Ayco Bastiaens
22 Senne Leysen
23 Jonas Rickaert
24 Jakub Mareczko
25 Edward Planckaert
26 Jensen Plowright
27 Lionel Taminiaux
31 Dries De Pooter
32 Julius Johansen
33 Madis Mihkels
34 Laurenz Rex
35 Baptiste Planckaert
36 Gerben Thijssen
37 Boy Van Poppel
41 Hugo Hofstetter
42 Louis Barré
43 Anthony Delaplace
44 David Dekker
45 Daniel McLay
46 Lukasz Owsian
47 Andrii Ponomar
51 Marc Brustenga
52 Emils Liepins
53 Thibau Nys
54 Edward Theuns
55 Mathias Vacek
56 Otto Vergaerde
61 Sam Welsford
62 Tobias Lund Andresen
63 Sean Flynn
64 Leon Heinschke
65 Alberto Dainese
66 Tim Naberman
71 Victor Campenaerts
72 Jarrad Drizners
73 Jarne Van De Paar
74 Michael Schwarzmann
75 Rüdiger Selig
76 Liam Slock
77 Florian Vermeersch
81 Fredrik Dversnes
82 Stian Fredheim
83 Tord Gudmestad
84 Kristoffer Halvorsen
85 Louis Bendixen
86 Erlend Blikra
87 Martin Urianstad
91 Sep Vanmarcke
92 Itamar Einhorn
93 Taj Jones
94 Riley Pickrell
95 Jens Reynders
96 Roi Weinberg
97 Tom Van Asbroeck
101 Edvald Boasson-Hagen
103 Emilien Jeannière
104 Lorrenzo Manzin
105 Jason Tesson
106 Dries Van Gestel
107 Mattéo Vercher
111 Louis Blouwe
112 Cériel Desal
113 Matteo Malucelli
114 Alexander Salby
115 Lennert Teugels
116 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
117 Nathan Vandepitte
121 Noah Vandenbranden
122 Alex Colman
123 Gilles De Wilde
124 Tuur Dens
125 Milan Fretin
126 Vince Gerits
127 Jules Hesters
131 Sasha Weemaes
132 Adam De Vos
133 August Jensen
134 Gage Hecht
135 Barnabas Peak
136 Gijs Van Hoecke
137 Stanislaw Aniolkowski
141 Alexander Konychev
142 Charlie Quarterman
143 Jan Stöckli
144 Veljko Stojnic
145 Nicolas Tivani
146 Etienne Van Empel
147 Attilio Viviani
151 Fabio Christen
152 Filippo Colombo
153 Kamil Malecki
154 Tom Devriendt
155 Nicolò Parisini
156 Szymon Sajnok
157 Nickolas Zukowsky
161 Aaron Gate
162 Matthew Bostock
163 Josh Burnett
164 Ryan Christensen
165 Luke Mudgway
166 Bailey O'Donnell
167 Jacob Scott
171 Joonas Henttala
172 Declan Irvine
173 Matyas Kopecky
174 Peter Kusztor
175 Andrea Peron
176 Charles Planet
177 Umberto Poli
181 Timothy Dupont
182 Torsten Demeyere
183 Jonas Geens
184 Andreas Goeman
185 Thomas Joseph
186 Thibau Verhofstadt
187 Mauro Verwilt
191 Joren Bloem
192 Davide Bomboi
193 Jordy Bouts
194 Martijn Budding
195 Tomas Kopecky
196 Harry Tanfield
197 Wouter Toussaint
201 Rindert Buiter
202 Timo De Jong
203 Bert-Jan Lindeman
204 Jarno Mobach
205 Peter Schulting
206 Coen Vermeltfoort
207 Thimo Willems