Bredene-Koksijde Classic: Ackermann wins renamed Handzame Classic

German champion tops Halvorsen, Hodeg

German champion Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed the newly minted Bredene-Koksijde Classic, winning a chaotic bunch sprint over Team Sky’s Kristoffer Halvorsen. Deceuninck-Quickstep’s Alvaro Hodeg, the defending champion, was third.

The former Handzame Classic was the second win of the season for Ackerman after the Clasica Almeria, and a bit of revenge for a close second place in Nokere Koerse on Wednesday behind Sunweb’s Cees Bol.

“I think we showed already that we were the strongest team on Wednesday, and I had to give something back to the team. That’s what I wanted to do today, and finally we did it, ” Ackermann said.

“It was a headwind in the sprint, and before it was very hectic. I lost a lot of times my lead-out man, but I always came back. I had this final in a good mind because two years ago it was my first race where I was in the top five, and today I said this is my final, I want to win.”

Hodeg was disappointed not to defend his title but said that Ackermann was the strongest. He finished the race on a teammate’s bike after a mechanical with 10km to go.

“I almost crashed with 10km to go, and we lost Fabio Jakobsen. I tried to change my bike, but it was full gas and I needed to do the sprint on another bike. It’s no excuse - Pascal was fastest,” Hodeg said.

“We needed to go really full the last 10kms, I tried to change my bike but it was impossible. The team did an incredible job to put me in the first position for the last corner, but it was a little early because the sprint was into a headwind.”

Dimitri Peyskens (Team Wallonie-Bruxelles), Justin Timmermans (Team Roompot-Charles), Andrea Vendrame (Team Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec), Julian Morice (Vital Concept-B&B Hotels), and Mathias Norsgaard Jorgensen (Riwal Readynez) made up the day’s breakaway, with the U23 Danish time trial champion Norsgaard using his skills to stay clear when the rest were caught with 16.7km to go.

Just as the breakaway was coming back, however, there was a slowing in the peloton and a touch of wheels that caused a number of riders to crash, including Deceuninck-Quickstep’s sprinter Fabio Jakobsen.

His teammate and defending champion Hodeg suffered a mechanical in the melee and had to wait to swap bikes with Pieter Serry, with the Deceuninck team car held up behind. Hodeg made his way back into the peloton with 7km to go on his teammate’s bike, while Remco Evenepoel resumed charge of pace-setting.

Another crash with 2.2km to go took out another half dozen riders, including Cofidis sprinter Hugo Hofstetter, but up front, CCC Team took control for Jakub Mareczko as Deceuninck tried to regroup. With 1km to go, on a wide-open flat roadway, Iljo Keisse led his teammate Hodeg into the final corner, dropping him off out of the turn.

But the chase back from his mechanical cost the Colombian, and Ackermann proved to be the strongest. Halvorsen showed his class, taking the runner-up slot for the second season in a row.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe4:35:47 
2Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
3Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
4Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team  
5Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
6Sasha Weemaes (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
7Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
8Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
9Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
10Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Cycling Academy  
11Aksel Nõmmela (Est) Wallonie Bruxelles  
12Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team  
13Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
14Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
15Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
16Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
17Iuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
18Alfdan De Decker (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
19Manuel Peñalver Aniorte (Spa) Burgos-BH  
20Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
21Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
22Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo  
23Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
24Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
25Michael Rice (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon  
26Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
27Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky  
28Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
29Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
30Kevyn Ista (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
31Nicolai Philip Brochner Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
32Dennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel  
33Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
34Maarten van Trijp (Ned) Corendon-Circus  
35Josip Rumac (Cro) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
36Daniel Lopez Parada (Spa) Burgos-BH  
37Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
38Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
39Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:00:09 
40Julien Trarieux (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:12 
41Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
42Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:12 
43Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:14 
44Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
45Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
46Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
47Thimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
48Davide Martinelli (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
49Filippo Fortin (Ita) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
50Riccardo Minali (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:17 
51Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
52Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Team0:00:28 
53Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team  
54Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
55Jakob Egholm (Den) Hagens Berman Axeon  
56Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo0:00:33 
57Senne Leysen (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
58Julien Mortier (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
59Harry Tanfield (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin  
60Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
61Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Team  
62Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
63Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
64Kim Magnusson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
65Roy Jans (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
66Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel  
67Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon-Circus  
68Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
69Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
70Joseph Areruya (Rwa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
71Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
72Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos-BH  
73Simon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
74Alvaro Robredo Crespo (Spa) Burgos-BH  
75Stijn Steels (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
76Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates  
77Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
78Jan Willem van Schip (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
79Brian van Goethem (Ned) Lotto Soudal0:00:37 
80Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:00:45 
81Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
82André Rodrigues Carvalho (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon0:00:49 
83Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
84Lennert Teugels (Bel) Cibel  
85Justin Timmermans (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
86Kenny Molly (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles0:01:00 
87Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
88Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:01:09 
89Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Corendon-Circus  
90Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky  
91Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
92Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
93Lars Boom (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
94Alexis Guerin (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
95Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky  
96Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Direct Energie  
97Mathijs Paasschens (Ned) Wallonie Bruxelles  
98Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
99Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
100Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo  
101Mathias Norsgaard Jørgensen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
102Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
103Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
104Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
105Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
106Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
107Alexander Maes (Bel) Cibel  
108Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
109Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
110Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
111Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe  
112Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
113Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team  
114Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:21 
115Glenn Debruyne (Bel) Cibel0:01:35 
116Stokbro Andreas Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez0:01:51 
117Adam Blythe (GBr) Lotto Soudal0:02:11 
118Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:30 
119Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Katusha-Alpecin  
120Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
121Pawel Bernas (Pol) CCC Team0:02:33 
122Maikel Zijlaard (Ned) Hagens Berman Axeon0:02:43 
123Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:03:54 
124Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
125Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
126Ian Garrison (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon0:04:36 
127Maxime Cam (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
128Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates  
129Nuno Matos (Por) Burgos-BH  
130Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
131Matthew Gibson (GBr) Burgos-BH  
132Jonathan Brown (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon  
133Justin Mottier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
134Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin  
135Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
136Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
137Michiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel  
DNSMikkel Bjerg (Den) Hagens Berman Axeon  
DNSJoeri Stallaert (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
DNFFabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
DNFFumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFMatteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFRasmus Iversen (Den) Lotto Soudal  
DNFTom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFMarco Mathis (Ger) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFDamien Touze (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFMatteo Pelucchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFMattia Viel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFBrenton Jones (Aus) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFTimothy Stevens (Bel) Cibel  
DNFJesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos-BH  
DNFJonas Aaen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
DNFTobias Mørch Kongstad (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
DNFRasmus Bøgh Wallin (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  

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