Van Poppel wins Binche-Chimay-Binche

Lampaert is second, Naesen third

Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) won the 2018 Binche-Chimay-Binche, attacking on the short, cobbled climb in the finale of the Belgian one-day race to win solo.

The Dutchman was well set up by his teammates, who took full responsibility in chasing down a dangerous break that formed on the second of the four laps of a 16.2 finishing circuit in Binche. Zdenek Stybar had gone solo from that group on the final lap, and they clawed their way back to the Quick-Step Floors rider with one kilometre to go, just as the climb up Rue de Pepinière began.

It seemed LottoNL might be bringing star sprinter Dylan Groenewegen back into the equation, but he effectively led Van Poppel out on the incline. Such was the intensity of Van Poppel’s acceleration, he turned right over the top of the climb with a sufficient advantage to see him through the final few hundred metres.

Yves Lampaert, who had seemingly given Quick-Step the tactical upper hand by joining Stybar in that late break, finished second from a vastly reduced and fragmented peloton, with AG2R La Mondiale’s Oliver Naesen third.

“This is really nice and funny that I win my first and my last race of the season," Van Poppel said. "The shape is still good and I wanted to ride. It is nice to end the year this way. The team did a great job and everything fell into place. It is never easy, but this time everything worked out well. That’s the difference with some other races this season. We were able to play two cards at the end, with Dylan and me. Dylan gave me the chance to go for it, and I’m glad I could finish it this way.”

With this the last in the Napoleon Games Cup series of small Belgian one-day races, Timothy Dupont (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) rode an aggressive race to take the overall title. With leader Sean De Bie (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan) abandoning early, and second-placed Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) absent, Dupont made it into breaks and scored points at the intermediate sprints, which, along with his eighth-place finish, catapulted him to the top of the standings.

It was non-stop action on a wet and windy day in Southern Belgium for the 31st edition of the race, now referred to as the Mémorial Frank Vandenbroucke. The 194.7km route plotted a fairly flat course south to Chimay before returning for the four local laps.

An early break of six riders - Timothy Dupont (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Dries De Bondt, Stijn Steels (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan), Dimitri Peyskens (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic), Ide Schelling (SEG Racing Academy), Angelo Tulik (Direct Energie) - went away but only lasted 65 kilometres.

Soon after the catch was made, another six-rider group went clear on a trio of short climbs. Peyskens was in there again, along with Quentin Jauregui (AG2R La Mondiale), Tom Devriendt (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Clement Orceau (Direct Energie), Cedric Raymackers (Cibel-Cebon), Lennert Teugels (Cibel-Cebon). De Bondt set off in lone pursuit but never made it across.

Soon after the return to Binche and the entry to the local laps, with 65km remaining, it was all back together again, triggering a chaotic period of constant attacking.

The key move went on the second lap, with 2016 champion Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) heading up the road, along with the Quick-Step duo of Stybar and Lampaert. Twenty riders initially made the cut but soon after crossing the finish line for the second time, it had been cut in two.

Those who made the cut were: Stybar, Démare, Dupont, Stijn Vandenbergh (AG2R La Mondiale), Sander Armee (Lotto Soudal), Maarten Wynants (LottoNL-Jumbo), Benjamin Declercq (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), and Ludwig De Winter (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic). After initially policing moves in the group behind, Lampaert set off and made his way over with Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) to make it 10.

With 25km to go Vandenbergh went solo and took the bell as the lone leader but was soon pegged back, at which point Stybar immediately launched his move. At that point the peloton, which was rapidly advancing under the stewardship of LottoNL-Jumbo, had caught the dropped breakaway riders and was just under a minute off the front of the race.

Stybar opened a lead of around 30 seconds as his breakaway companions drifted back, but he came up against a fully committed LottoNL-Jumbo train in what was essentially an uneven pursuit. Such was the Dutch squad’s forcing, they temporarily split the reduced peloton on the run-in to Binche.

Stybar gave it everything and started the cobbled climb in pole position but Groenewegen came bursting past, about to unleash Van Poppel for what turned out to be a commanding and stylish third victory of the season for the 25-year-old.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo4:33:02 
2Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick - Step Floors0:00:03 
3Oliver Naesen (Bel) Ag2R La Mondiale  
4Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
5Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
6Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Bmc Racing Team  
7Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
8Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:07 
9Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
10Cees Bol (Ned) Seg Racing Academy  
11Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Team Waoo  
12Olivier Pardini (Bel) Team Differdange Losch  
13Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
14Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
15Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
16Jan Willem Van Schip (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
17Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
18Jan Bakelants (Bel) Ag2R La Mondiale0:00:10 
19Dennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
20Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama - Fdj0:00:14 
21Jan Maas (Ned) Seg Racing Academy0:00:16 
22Laurenz Rex (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service0:00:22 
23Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
24Bram Welten (Ned) Team Fortuneo - Samsic0:00:30 
25Julien Mortier (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
26Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama - Fdj  
27Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:00:34 
28Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
29Gordon De Winter (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
30Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Bmc Racing Team  
31Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Quick - Step Floors0:00:48 
32Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
33Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:52 
34Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
35Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:54 
36Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
37Julien Duval (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:01:01 
38Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Ag2R La Mondiale0:01:08 
39Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Bmc Racing Team  
40Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:12 
41Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:01:19 
42Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:01:25 
43Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:29 
44Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
45Robbert De Greef (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:01:46 
46Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:52 
47Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:56 
48Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
49Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick - Step Floors  
50Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
51Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
52Brecht Ruyters (Bel) Cibel - Cebon0:02:02 
53Pierre Gouault (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:02:11 
54Polychronis Tzortzakis (Gre) Tarteletto - Isorex0:03:22 
55Tom Vermeer (Ned) Team Differdange Losch0:03:26 
56Sergio Torres Jorro (Spa) Tarteletto - Isorex0:04:08 
57Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Bmc Racing Team  
58Lukas Spengler (Swi) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
59Tom Bohli (Swi) Bmc Racing Team  
60Gil D'heygere (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
61Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
62Luuc Bugter (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
63Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Groupama - Fdj0:04:13 
64Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama - Fdj0:04:16 
65Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Israel Cycling Academy0:04:27 
66Kevyn Ista (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:04:30 
67Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:33 
68Jérémy Frehen (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service0:05:32 
69Andreas Andersson (Swe) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
70Ross Lamb (GBr) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
71Cedric Raymackers (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
72Tom Van Vuchelen (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
73Anthony Debuy (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
74Laurent Evrard (Bel) Sovac - Natura4Ever  
75Davide Rebellin (Ita) Sovac - Natura4Ever  
76Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
77Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
78Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
79Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
80Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy  
81August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
82Félix Dopchie (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
83Adam Lewis (GBr) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
84Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
85Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
86Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
87Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
88Tom Dernies (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
89Lander Seynaeve (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
90Omer Goldsteiin (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
91Simon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
92Yorick Slagmulders (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
93Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
94Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
95Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
96Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
97Lars Boom (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
98Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
99Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
100Stijn Steels (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
101Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick - Step Floors  
102Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:52 
103Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:06:00 
104Thomas Joly (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
105Miles Scotson (Aus) Bmc Racing Team0:06:02 
106Ide Schelling (Ned) Seg Racing Academy0:06:06 
107Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service0:06:08 
108Adrien Garel (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club0:06:18 
109Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick - Step Floors0:07:06 
DNFQuentin Jauregui (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFSamuel Mobberley (NZl) Team Differdange Losch  
DNFBalázs Rózsa (Hun) Team Differdange Losch  
DNFJérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFJelle Donders (Bel) Team Differdange Losch  
DNFTiago Da Silva (Lux) Team Differdange Losch  
DNFAlberto Bettiol (Ita) Bmc Racing Team  
DNFHarm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFWim Reynaerts (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFRudy Barbier (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFAmaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFCoen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFLennert Teugels (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFGianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFJimmy Janssens (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFTom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFJulien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFBruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama - Fdj  
DNFMickael Delage (Fra) Groupama - Fdj  
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama - Fdj  
DNFJérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFBryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFDries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
DNFSamuel Leroux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFLoic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFTomas Petit (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFClement Orceau (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
DNFClement Russo (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
DNFRomain Le Roux (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
DNFFlorentin Lecamus Lambert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
DNFZico Waeytens (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
DNFJelle De Ville (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFGiorgios Stavrakakis (Gre) Seg Racing Academy  
DNFJordi Meeus (Bel) Seg Racing Academy  
DNFAlberto Dainese (Ita) Seg Racing Academy  
DNFSean Bero (Bel) Sovac - Natura4Ever  
DNFLouis Deguide (Bel) Sovac - Natura4Ever  
DNFAlexander Geuens (Bel) Sovac - Natura4Ever  
DNFMatthias Legley (Bel) Sovac - Natura4Ever  
DNFJustin Mottier (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFJerome Mainard (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFMax Emil Boholm Kørner (Nor) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFDavid Boucher (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFClément Carisey (Fra) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFLouis Verhelst (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFArne De Groote (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFJelle Cant (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFAndrew Leigh (GBr) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFDaan Hoole (Ned) Seg Racing Academy  
DNFFlorian Deriaux (Fra) Sovac - Natura4Ever  

 

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