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2024 Brussels Cycling Classic (1.Pro)
Formerly Paris-Brussels/Paris-Bruxelles

104th edition: Sunday, June 2, 2024

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Brussels - Brussels, 218.2 km

Jonas Abrahamsen wins. Photo: Anouk Fleischer

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Weather at the start/finish city of Brussels at 1:50 PM, local time: 16C (61F), cloudy, with the wind from the north at 16 km/hr (10 mph). There is just a 1% chance of rain.

The race: Alessando Covi (UAE Team Emirates) & Tomas Barta (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) did not start. Early in the race Nils Eekhoff (Team dsm-firmenich PostNL) abandoned.

Here's the organizer's race summary:

On Houba de Strooperlaan in Brussels, Jonas Abrahamsen achieved his very first professional victory. He won solo ahead of the charging peloton, where Girmay sprinted to second place ahead of Groves. With his victory, Abrahamsen also becomes the first Norwegian to feature on the honor roll of the Brussels Cycling Classic.

Before the start Team Soudal Quick-Step is presented.

After all teams were introduced one by one on the starting podium, the peloton set off at 10:00 in the Jubelpark, in the heart of Brussels. The riders faced a journey of 218 kilometers with the start and finish in the Belgian capital. After about fifteen kilometers, the breakaway of the day formed. Alexis Gougeard (Cofidis), Thibaud Gruel (Groupama-FDJ), Martin Svrcek (Soudal Quick-Step), Ceriel Desal (Bingoal WB), and Kamiel Bonneu (Team Flanders-Baloise) quickly established a significant gap. After the Smeysberg, the first climb of the day, they were joined by Riccardo Lucca (VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizane'). The six riders rode together towards the double passages over Muur – Kapelmuur, Bosberg, and Congoberg.

The pace remained high throughout the day. After the first hour of racing, the leading group had covered 44.4 kilometers. The peloton eventually gave the six riders some freedom. The leaders built up a maximum advantage of 5’11”, but around 160 kilometers from the finish, the peloton started to push the pace. At the foot of the first ascent of the Muur – Kapelmuur, the breakaway still had 1’32” left. During this first climb, the peloton split into several groups. Liam Slock (Lotto Dstny) attempted to bridge the gap to the leading group alone.

After the first ascent of the Congoberg, approximately 82 kilometers from the finish, the Belgian managed to join the leading group. Meanwhile, the peloton had regained its composure. Under the watchful eye of the Alpecin-Deceuninck riders, the peloton's deficit increased again to 1’53”. During the second ascent of the Muur – Kapelmuur, it was Biniam Girmay (Intermarché - Wanty) who accelerated. A first peloton of around thirty riders formed. The Norwegian Alexander Kristoff (Uno-X Mobility) missed the move.

With 49 kilometers to go, the story of the early breakaway was over. They were caught by the first peloton, where Swiss rider Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) ramped up the pace on the Congoberg. The leaders crested the summit with a one-minute lead over the second peloton, led by TotalEnergies.

The second peloton closed in to sixteen seconds, but on the cobbles of the Rosweg, the gap widened again. The Heiligekruiswegstraat, the final climb of the day, tempted Jonas Abrahamsen (Uno-X Mobility) to attack. He was joined by Martin Svrcek, who had been part of the early breakaway. The two riders held a 20-second advantage as they approached the final 5 kilometers.

With just over 4 kilometers to go, Abrahamsen made his move. He surged ahead of Svrcek and seemed destined for a solo finish on the Houba de Strooperlaan. The Norwegian managed to hold off the peloton in the final uphill kilometer and celebrated victory after a 14-kilometer attack in the closing stages. In the sprinting peloton, Girmay claimed second place ahead of Groves. For Abrahamsen, it was his first professional victory, making him the first Norwegian on the honorary list.

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Complete results:

218.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 44.624 km/hr

1 Jonas Abrahamsen Uno-X Mobility 4hr 53min 23sec
2 Biniam Girmay Intermarché-Wanty @ 4sec
3 Kaden Groves Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
4 Pascal Ackermann Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
5 Matteo Moschetti Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team s.t.
6 Sebastian Molano UAE Team Emirates s.t.
7 Filippo Fiorelli VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè s.t.
8 Lionel Taminiaux Lotto Dstny s.t.
9 Milan Fretin Cofidis s.t.
10 Francisco Galván Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
11 Amaury Capiot Arkéa-B&B Hotels s.t.
12 Casper Van Uden Team dsm-firmenich PostNL s.t.
13 Paul Penhoët Groupama-FDJ s.t.
14 Matyas Kopecky Team Novo Nordisk s.t.
15 Jordi Meeus BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
16 Filippo Magli VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè s.t.
17 Rasmus Tiller Uno-X Mobility s.t.
18 Yves Lampaert Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
19 Luca Van Boven Bingoal-WB s.t.
20 Pau Miquel Delgado Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
21 Cériel Desal Bingoal-WB s.t.
22 Jenno Berckmoes Lotto Dstny s.t.
23 Riley Sheehan Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
24 Edward Planckaert Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
25 Søren Wærenskjold Uno-X Mobility s.t.
26 Aimé De Gendt Cofidis s.t.
27 Dion Smith Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
28 Laurenz Rex Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
29 Piet Allegaert Cofidis 0:21
30 Mike Teunissen Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
31 Pavel Bittner Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 0:28
32 Lewis Askey Groupama-FDJ 0:32
33 Marc Hirschi UAE Team Emirates s.t.
34 Jannik Steimle Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team s.t.
35 Liam Slock Lotto Dstny 0:44
36 Vincent Van Hemelen Team Flanders-Baloise 0:48
37 Kamiel Bonneu Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
38 Martin Svrcek Soudal Quick-Step 1:01
39 Alexander Kristoff Uno-X Mobility 1:44
40 Emilien Jeannière TotalEnergies s.t.
41 Axel Zingle Cofidis s.t.
42 Maurice Ballerstedt Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
43 Warre Vangheluwe Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
44 Rory Townsend Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team s.t.
45 Louis Blouwe Bingoal-WB s.t.
46 Giacomo Nizzolo Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team s.t.
47 Toon Vandebosch Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
48 Luca Colnaghi VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè s.t.
49 Kenneth Van Rooy Bingoal-WB s.t.
50 Filippo Baroncini UAE Team Emirates s.t.
51 Davide Gabburo VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè s.t.
52 Michael Schwarzmann Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
53 Davide Bomboi TDT-Unibet s.t.
54 Dylan Vandenstorme Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
55 Gorka Sorarrain Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
56 Giosue Epis Arkéa-B&B Hotels s.t.
57 Filip Maciejuk BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
58 David González Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
59 Lindsay De Vylder Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
60 Luis-Joe Lührs BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
61 Sébastien Grignard Lotto Dstny s.t.
62 Eddy Le Huitouze Groupama-FDJ s.t.
63 Thibaud Gruel Groupama-FDJ s.t.
64 Tom Van Asbroeck Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
65 Sebastian Nielsen TDT-Unibet s.t.
66 Antonio Polga Team Novo Nordisk s.t.
67 Jacopo Guarnieri Lotto Dstny s.t.
68 Andrea Peron Team Novo Nordisk s.t.
69 Francesco Busatto Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
70 Eduard Prades Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
71 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB s.t.
72 Loic Vliegen Bingoal-WB s.t.
73 Ramon Sinkeldam Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
74 Riley Pickrell Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
75 Samuele Zoccarato VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè s.t.
76 Iñigo Elosegui Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
77 Johan Meens Bingoal-WB s.t.
78 Jordi Warlop Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
79 Quinten De Graeve Team Novo Nordisk s.t.
80 Fabio Christen Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team s.t.
81 Alex Jaime Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
82 Abram Stockman TDT-Unibet s.t.
83 Alec Segaert Lotto Dstny s.t.
84 Anders Halland Johannessen Uno-X Mobility s.t.
85 Zeb Kyffin TdT-Unibet s.t.
86 Erik Resell Uno-X Mobility s.t.
87 John Degenkolb Team dsm-firmenich PostNL s.t.
88 Lukasz Owsian Arkéa-B&B Hotels s.t.
89 Alvaro Hodeg UAE Team Emirates s.t.
90 Mattia Pinazzi VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè s.t.
91 Ayco Bastiaens Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
92 Gerben Kuypers Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
93 Owen Geleijn TDT-Unibet s.t.
94 Ward Vanhoof Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
95 Alessandro Perracchione Team Novo Nordisk s.t.
96 Jonas Koch BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
97 Gil Gelders Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
98 Gauthier Servranckx Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
99 Sjoerd Bax UAE Team Emirates s.t.
100 Riccardo Lucca VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè s.t.
101 Lars Craps Team Flanders-Baloise 2:02
102 Jason Tesson TotalEnergies 2:16
103 Thomas Bonnet TotalEnergies s.t.
104 Geoffrey Soupe TotalEnergies 2:25
105 Ludovic Robeet Cofidis s.t.
106 Lorrenzo Manzin TotalEnergies s.t.
107 Jasper De Buyst Lotto Dstny s.t.
108 Alexis Gougeard Cofidis s.t.
109 Guillaume Boivin Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
110 Daniel McLay Arkéa-B&B Hotels 2:38
111 Matis Louvel Arkéa-B&B Hotels s.t.
112 Lucas Janssen Arkéa-B&B Hotels s.t.
113 Emil Herzog BORA-hansgrohe 2:46
114 Antonio Soto Equipo Kern Pharma 5:32


Course map & profile:

Course map

Course profile

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Start list with back numbers, June 1, 2024:

Arkea-B&B Hotels
1 Matis Louvel
2 Amaury Capiot
3 Lucas Janssen
4 Giosue Epis
5 Daniel McLay
6 Lukasz Owsian
7 Miles Scotson
11 Kaden Groves
12 Maurice Ballerstedt
13 Marceli Boguslawski
14 Senne Leysen
15 Stan Van Tricht
16 Toon Vandebosch
17 Ramon Sinkeldam
21 Jordi Meeus
22 Patrick Gamper
23 Emil Herzog
24 Jonas Koch
25 Luis-Joe Lührs
26 Filip Maciejuk
27 Sam Welsford
31 Piet Allegaert
32 Aimé De Gendt
33 Milan Fretin
34 Nolann Mahoudo
35 Alexis Gougeard
36 Ludovic Robeet
37 Axel Zingle
41 Lewis Askey
42 Eddy Le Huitouze
43 Paul Penhoët
44 Laurence Pithie
45 Marc Sarreau
46 Matthew Walls
47 Thibaud Gruel
51 Biniam Girmay
52 Francesco Busatto
53 Gerben Kuypers
54 Madis Mihkels
55 Laurenz Rex
56 Dion Smith
57 Mike Teunissen
Soudal Quick-Step
61 Yves Lampaert
62 Ayco Bastiaens
63 Gil Gelders
64 Jan Kino
65 Pepijn Reinderink
66 Martin Svrcek
67 Warre Vangheluwe
Team dsm-Firmenich PostNL
71 Casper Van Uden
72 Pavel Bittner
73 John Degenkolb
74 Nils Eekhoff
75 Tim Naberman
76 Frank Aron Ragilo
77 Timo Roosen
UAE Team Emirates
81 Alvaro Hodeg
82 Ivo Oliveira
83 Filippo Baroncini
84 Sjoerd Bax
85 Alessandro Covi
86 Marc Hirschi
87 Sebastian Molano
91 Louis Blouwe
92 Cériel Desal
93 Luca Van Boven
94 Loic Vliegen
95 Kenneth Van Rooy
96 Johan Meens
97 Jelle Vermoote
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
101 Daniel Babor
102 Tomas Barta
103 Michal Schlegel
104 David González
105 Iuri Leitao
106 Eduard Prades
107 Gorka Sorarrain
Equipo Kern Pharma
111 Marc Brustenga
112 Iñigo Elosegui
113 Miguel Angel Fernandez
114 Francisco Galván
115 Alex Jaime
116 Antonio Soto
117 Pau Miquel Delgado
Israel-Premier Tech
121 Pascal Ackermann
122 Guillaume Boivin
123 Riley Pickrell
124 Michael Schwarzmann
125 Riley Sheehan
126 Guy Sagiv
127 Tom Van Asbroeck
Lotto Dstny
131 Jenno Berckmoes
132 Jasper De Buyst
133 Sébastien Grignard
134 Jacopo Guarnieri
135 Alec Segaert
136 Liam Slock
137 Lionel Taminiaux
Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team
141 Matteo Moschetti
142 Giacomo Nizzolo
143 Fabio Christen
144 Szymon Sajnok
146 Jannik Steimle
147 Rory Townsend
151 Joren Bloem
152 Davide Bomboi
153 Jordy Bouts
154 Owen Geleijn
155 Martijn Budding
156 Zeb Kyffin
157 Sebastian Nielsen
Team Flanders-Baloise
161 Kamiel Bonneu
162 Lars Craps
163 Lindsay De Vylder
164 Gilles De Wilde
165 Vincent Van Hemelen
166 Dylan Vandenstorme
167 Ward Vanhoof
Team Novo Nordisk
171 Doriand Percrule
172 Quinten De Graeve
173 Nathan Smith
174 Matyas Kopecky
175 Andrea Peron
176 Antonio Polga
177 Alessandro Perracchione
182 Thomas Bonnet
183 Emilien Jeannière
184 Lorrenzo Manzin
185 Geoffrey Soupe
186 Jason Tesson
187 Baptiste Vadic
Uno-X Mobility
191 Alexander Kristoff
192 Jonas Abrahamsen
193 Tobias Halland Johannessen
194 William Blume Levy
195 Erik Resell
196 Rasmus Tiller
197 Søren Wærenskjold
VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè
201 Luca Colnaghi
202 Filippo Fiorelli
203 Davide Gabburo
204 Riccardo Lucca
205 Filippo Magli
206 Mattia Pinazzi
207 Samuele Zoccarato