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2023 Classic Brugge - De Panne
(World Tour), Belgium

Formerly 3 Days of De Panne
47th edition: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

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Note: The Brugge - De Panne Classic is currently a single-day race.

Wednesday, March 22, Brugge - De Panne 211 km

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Weather at the finish city of De Panne at 12:50 PM, local time: 12C (53F), cloudy, with the wind from the southwest at 29 km/hr (18 mph). There is a 20% chance of rain during the afternoon.

The race: Sep Vanmarcke (Israel-Premier Tech) did not start.

Here's the report from second-place Olav Kooij's Team Jumbo-Visma:

Olav Kooij has sprinted to second place in the Classic Brugge-De Panne. The Belgian one-day race was spectacular from start to finish and was characterised by echelons. Kooij joined a four-person break in the race's final stages, but Jasper Philipsen beat him in the sprint.

The riders left Bruges at noon for a 211-kilometer race through western Belgium. Brugge-De Panne is primarily a sprinters' race, with the world's best riders at the start. Strong winds and heavy rain cast doubt on the traditional bunch sprint in De Panne. But it soon became clear that the peloton had no intention of riding to the finish together.

The peloton rolls out at the old city of Brugge.

Kooij sustained a puncture just before the first pass of De Moeren, where the pack first separated due to the echelons. "I was afraid my race was over. Luckily, Jos and Lennard brought me back to the third group after the bike change. Thanks to the team's good work, everything came together again. In the second passage, everything started all over again", the sprinter said.

With fifty kilometres to go, Kooij was well positioned at the front and was the only Team Jumbo-Visma rider to survive the new selection in the peloton. Sixteen riders made up the first group, and 21-year-old Kooij attacked a little later. Together with Philipsen, Lampaert and Frison, the lead was quickly extended. The foursome held on to their lead all the way to the line. "My legs were good enough today to survive the final battle and get into the final. I felt that Philipsen was very strong today. I had the right wheel, but unfortunately, I wasn't fast enough", Kooij said of the last few hundred metres.

Four and a half hours later a soggy Jasper Philipsen is first across the line in De Panne.

With a good feeling, the young sprinter looked back on an exciting race. "Normally, there are always scenarios where I could have done better, but I can't blame myself. I haven't participated in many one-day races of this kind in my career, so this is another positive step for me."

”This Sunday, Kooij and his team will be at the start of Gent-Wevelgem. "I'm really looking forward to that as well. This race gives me a lot of confidence for the next races. The form was already good in Paris-Nice, and fortunately, I could continue that. It's a shame I didn't win, but I think it's fair to say I rode a good race."

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Complete results:

211 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.398 km/hr

1 Jasper Philipsen Alpecin-Deceuninck 4hr 38min 52sec
2 Olav Kooij Jumbo-Visma s.t.
3 Yves Lampaert Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
4 Frederik Frison Lotto Dstny @ 1sec
5 Fabio Jakobsen Soudal Quick-Step 0:21
6 Jonas Rickaert Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
7 Cédric Beullens Lotto Dstny s.t.
8 Stian Fredheim Uno-X s.t.
9 Sebastian Molano UAE Team Emirates s.t.
10 Marijn Van Den Berg EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
11 Davide Ballerini Soudal Quick-Step 0:31
12 Bert Van Lerberghe Soudal Quick-Step 0:33
13 Dylan Groenewegen Jayco-AlUla s.t.
14 Arnaud Démare Groupama-FDJ s.t.
15 Edward Theuns Trek-Segafredo 1:06
16 Jonas Koch Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
17 Pascal Ackermann UAE Team Emirates 3:20
18 Sam Welsford Team DSM 3:49
19 Mathias Norsgaard Movistar s.t.
20 Jarrad Drizners Lotto Dstny s.t.
21 Edward Planckaert Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
22 Tim Van Dijke Jumbo-Visma s.t.
23 Johan Jacobs Movistar s.t.
24 Paul Penhoët Groupama-FDJ 4:53
25 Lionel Taminiaux Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
26 Danny Van Poppel Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
27 Gerben Thijssen Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
28 Rick Zabel Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
29 Tord Gudmestad Uno-X s.t.
30 Tom Van Asbroeck Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
31 Cériel Desal Bingoal-WB s.t.
32 Max Walscheid Cofidis s.t.
33 Christophe Noppe Cofidis s.t.
34 Elmar Reinders Jayco-AlUla s.t.
35 David Dekker Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
36 Piet Allegaert Cofidis s.t.
37 Milan Fretin Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
38 Owain Doull EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
39 Jonas Rutsch EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
40 Geoffrey Soupe TotalEnergies s.t.
41 Thomas Bonnet TotalEnergies s.t.
42 Julius Johansen Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
43 Jules Hesters Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
44 Casper Van Uden Team DSM s.t.
45 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck Bingoal-WB 4:58
46 Jelle Wallays Cofidis s.t.
47 Mikkel Bjerg UAE Team Emirates s.t.
48 Sander De Pestel Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
49 Ruben Apers Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
50 Jens Reynders Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
51 Ryan Gibbons UAE Team Emirates s.t.
52 Sébastien Grignard Lotto Dstny s.t.
53 Ryan Mullen Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
54 Maurice Ballerstedt Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
55 Dmitriy Gruzdev Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
56 Timo Roosen Jumbo-Visma s.t.
57 Kamil Gradek Bahrain Victorious 5:02
58 Ramon Sinkeldam Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
59 Filip Maciejuk Bahrain Victorious s.t.
60 Jens Keukeleire EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
61 Erik Resell Uno-X s.t.
62 Bram Welten Groupama-FDJ 5:07
63 Jannik Steimle Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
64 Fabian Lienhard Groupama-FDJ s.t.
65 Ludovic Robeet Bingoal-WB s.t.
66 Laurenz Rex Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
67 Alexander Krieger Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
68 Sam Watson Groupama-FDJ s.t.
69 William Blume Levy Uno-X s.t.
70 Jonathan Milan Bahrain Victorious s.t.
71 Simone Consonni Cofidis s.t.
72 Luca Mozzato Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
73 Tosh Van Der Sande Jumbo-Visma s.t.
74 Daniel McLay Arkéa-Samsic 5:45


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Start list with back numbers, March 21, 2023:

151 back numbers assigned.

1 Fabio Jakobsen
2 Tim Declercq
3 Davide Ballerini
4 Yves Lampaert
5 Jannik Steimle
6 Bert Van Lerberghe
7 Ethan Vernon
11 Dylan Groenewegen
12 Luke Durbridge
13 Luka Mezgec
14 Kelland O'Brien
15 Campbell Stewart
16 Elmar Reinders
21 Fernando Gaviria
22 Ivan Romeo
23 Johan Jacobs
24 Mathias Norsgaard
25 Albert Torres
26 Oier Lazkano
27 Lluis Mas
31 Jasper Philipsen
32 Alexander Krieger
33 Maurice Ballerstedt
34 Edward Planckaert
35 Ramon Sinkeldam
36 Lionel Taminiaux
37 Jonas Rickaert
41 Sam Bennett
42 Shane Archbold
43 Danny Van Poppel
44 Jonas Koch
45 Maximilian Schachmann
46 Jordi Meeus
47 Ryan Mullen
51 Tom Scully
52 Julius Van Den Berg
53 Owain Doull
54 Jens Keukeleire
55 Jonas Rutsch
56 Marijn Van Den Berg
57 Lukasz Wisniowski
61 Pascal Ackermann
62 Ryan Gibbons
63 Mikkel Bjerg
64 Felix Gros
65 Vegard Stake Laengen
66 Sebastian Molano
67 Michael Vink
71 Arnaud Démare
72 Ignatas Konovalovas
73 Fabian Lienhard
74 Laurence Pithie
75 Paul Penhoët
76 Sam Watson
77 Bram Welten
81 Edward Theuns
82 Emils Liepins
83 Thibau Nys
84 Alex Kirsch
85 Markus Hoelgaard
86 Otto Vergaerde
87 Toms Skujins
91 Mark Cavendish
92 Dmitriy Gruzdev
93 Davide Martinelli
94 Cees Bol
95 Yevgeniy Gidich
96 Yevgeniy Fedorov
97 Leonardo Basso
101 Tosh Van Der Sande
102 Olav Kooij
103 Timo Roosen
104 Lennard Hofstede
105 Mick Van Dijke
106 Tim Van Dijke
107 Jos Van Emden
111 Alberto Dainese
112 Patrick Bevin
113 Alex Edmondson
114 Casper Van Uden
115 Marius Mayrhofer
116 Tim Naberman
117 Sam Welsford
121 Phil Bauhaus
122 Matevz Govekar
123 Kamil Gradek
124 Filip Maciejuk
125 Jonathan Milan
126 Dusan Rajovic
127 Cameron Scott
131 Max Walscheid
132 Davide Cimolai
133 Simone Consonni
134 Wesley Kreder
135 Christophe Noppe
136 Piet Allegaert
137 Jelle Wallays
141 Niccolo Bonifazio
142 Julius Johansen
143 Adrien Petit
144 Baptiste Planckaert
145 Laurenz Rex
146 Gerben Thijssen
147 Boy Van Poppel
151 David Dekker
152 Laurent Pichon
153 Daniel McLay
154 Mathis Le Berre
155 Luca Mozzato
156 Alan Riou
157 Clément Russo
161 Norman Lasse Leth
162 Stian Fredheim
163 Tord Gudmestad
164 Louis Bendixen
165 William Blume Levy
166 Erik Resell
167 Søren Wærenskjold
171 Sep Vanmarcke
172 Itamar Einhorn
173 Jens Reynders
174 Guy Sagiv
175 Tom Van Asbroeck
177 Rick Zabel
181 Caleb Ewan
182 Jasper De Buyst
183 Frederik Frison
184 Sébastien Grignard
185 Michael Schwarzmann
186 Cédric Beullens
187 Jarrad Drizners
191 Ruben Apers
192 Sander De Pestel
193 Tuur Dens
194 Milan Fretin
195 Vince Gerits
196 Jules Hesters
197 Noah Vandenbranden
201 Thomas Bonnet
202 Emilien Jeannière
203 Lorrenzo Manzin
204 Geoffrey Soupe
205 Jason Tesson
207 Mattéo Vercher
211 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
212 Cériel Desal
213 Johan Meens
214 Matteo Malucelli
215 Ludovic Robeet
216 Dorian De Maeght
217 Louis Blouwe