Greipel wins Brussels Cycling Classic

German rider out-sprints Viviani and Demare

Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) repeated his win in the Brussels Cycling Classic, easily winning the mass sprint ahead of Elia Viviani (Cannondale) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr).

Teams NetApp-Endura and FDJ led the way in the last few kilometers, but they were unable to stop Greipel from taking his 14th season win.

"The race was pretty relaxed and I felt fine," Greipel said. "At the end we made it hard with Lars Bak who attacked. The team performed well. The guys put me in the front with about twenty kilometers to go. With Marcel Sieberg and Tony Gallopin I had two riders to set me up for the sprint. We had talked how to handle it, because there was headwind from 1500 up to 700 meters to go. It would be best if we came from the back, to have shelter."

A group of six dominated much of the race: Christophe Riblon (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Antonio Parrinello (Androni Giacattoli), Clement Koretzky (Bretagne-Seche), Matteo Rabottini (Neri Sottoli), Jan Gyselinck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), and Tom Derniers (Wallonne-Bruxelles). They made a determined effort and had a lead of up to nearly six minutes. But they were caught some 60km to go, and further escape attempts were unsuccessful.

With 42km to go, Kenneth Van Bilsen (Topsport Vlaanderen) jumped, followed by Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol), Bjorn Thurau (Europcar) and Jasper De Buyst (Topsport Vlaanderen). They never had much of a lead, and with 30km to go, Bak was alone in front.

But he too was caught only nine kilometers later, and further attempts were failed as well, setting up the expected mass sprint.

"It worked out really well," Greipel added. "I was happy that Tony made such a good lead-out and I could finish it off. It's great to win this race for the second year in a row. This victory is good for the confidence."

 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol4:41:02 
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale  
3Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr  
4Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
5Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
6Andrew Fenn (Gbr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
7Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
8Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
9Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
10Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
11Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale  
12Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
13Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
14Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
15Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
16Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
17Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
18Rafael Andriato (Bra) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
19Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
20Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
21Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
22Oliver Naesen (Bel)  
23Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia  
24Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
25Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
26Fabio Taborre (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
27Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
28Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol  
29Mauro Finetto (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
30Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
31Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
32Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr  
33Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia  
34Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
35Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
36Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
37Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
38Hayden Roulston (Nzl) Trek Factory Racing  
39Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
40Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
41Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:00:13 
42Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
43Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:17 
44Danilo Hondo (Ger) Trek Factory Racing0:00:21 
45Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
46Romain Cardis (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:23 
47Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
48Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement0:00:26 
49Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
50Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing  
51Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
52Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
53Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing  
54Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:30 
55Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni Giocattoli0:00:31 
56Francesco Failli (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
57Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia  
58Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr  
59Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
60Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr  
61Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr  
62Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
63Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol  
64Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:37 
65Alexander Krieger (Ger)0:00:39 
66Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:46 
67Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale  
68Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
69Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:49 
70Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
71William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr  
72Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
73Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
74Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
75Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:55 
76Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
77Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
78Simone Ponzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo0:01:09 
79Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
80David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:11 
81Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Esp) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
82Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia  
83Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
84Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale  
85Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
86Clément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
87Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
88Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
89Biel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
90Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
91Loic Pestiaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
92Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp - Endura  
93Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale  
94Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
95Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
96Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp - Endura  
97Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
98Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
99Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
100Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale  
101Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
102Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
103Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol  
104Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar  
105Luca Dodi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
106Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:01:15 
107Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
108Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.fr  
109Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:22 
110Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:26 
111Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:01:33 
112Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida0:01:38 
113Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia0:01:43 
114Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura0:01:44 
115Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:02:10 
116Grégory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing  
117Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
118Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
119Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
120Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
121Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
122Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:26 
123Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
124Erick Rowsell (Gbr) Team Netapp - Endura  
125Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp - Endura  
126Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
127Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
128Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
129Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar  
130Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale0:03:18 
131Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale  
132Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
133Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
134Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
135Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
136Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:03:43 
137Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:04:26 
138Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
139Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
140Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
DNFDmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDavide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFJarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia  
DNFAndrea Fedi (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  

 

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