Boonen wins Brussels Cycling Classic

Belgian beats Demare and Bouhanni in final sprint

Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) took his second victory at the Brussels Cycling Classic in a bunch sprint. The Belgian beat Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) in what was a technical finale followed by a slight uphill drag to the finish line. 

In a team meeting the night before the race, Boonen asked to be the day's protected sprinter, despite Etixx-QuickStep's star sprinter Marcel Kittel being on the roster, and the team put their trust in Boonen to deliver the victory.

"I am very happy for getting this win, the team did a perfect job throughout the day and provided an excellent lead-out in the final kilometer. The race was a fast and frantic one, with many attacks and narrow roads, but I am really satisfied of how things went," Boonen said.

The one-day 199km event saw a series of breakaways but all were reeled in and the full peloton barrelled through the final 15km. Teams FDJ, Astana and Etixx-QuickStep patrolled the front of the field before they shifted to lead-out speeds for their respective sprinters.

Narrow roads, sections of pavé and tight corners in the closing kilometres, combined with high speeds set at the front of the field, forced the riders in to a long stretched out line making it almost impossible for riders caught behind to make it back up to the front.

Wallonne-Bruxelles led the field under the 10km-to-go banner using their local knowledge of the technical roads to their advantage. AG2R's Alexis Gougeard attacked and opened an eight-second lead, and although he displayed a great amount of power, it was no match for the Etixx-QuickStep team's lead-out train.

As the field closed in on the Frenchman, Riu Costa (Lampre-Merida) was the next to make a move out of the field and as he tried to connect with Gougeard, both were reabsorbed into the field with five kilometres to go.

Filippo Pozzato (Wilier Trestina-Southeast) was the next to jump with under four kilometres remaining, and as the peloton made a slight hesitation, he cleared the field by 10 seconds. But it was a big ask to hold off the field with still two kilometres to go.

FDJ was responsible for the fast pace through the flamme rouge as they closed the gap to Pozzzato, while Etixx-QuickStep's train also moved forward on the opposite side of the wide finale Boulevard.

Demare started the sprint but Boonen, led out by Kittel and Matteo Trentin, swung around the Frenchman and powered his way to the finish line with the stage victory.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step4:35:10 
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ  
3Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
4Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
5Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team  
6Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
7Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
8Kenny De Haes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
9Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
10Kevin Ista (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
11Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
12Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
13Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
14Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
15Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
16Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
17Steven Tronet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
18Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
19Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18  
20Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
21Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
22Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team  
23Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
24Matej Mohoric (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
25Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
26Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
27Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
28Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
29Lennard Kämna (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
30Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
31Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
32Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
33Andrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
34Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
35Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
36Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
37Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
38Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
39Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
40Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ  
41Michel Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
42Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
43Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
44Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
45Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
46Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
47Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
48Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
49Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa)  
50Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
51Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
52Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
53Antoine Warnier (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
54Michiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
55Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ  
56Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
57Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
58Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
59Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
60Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
61Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18  
62Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
63Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
64Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
65Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
66Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
67Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
68Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
69Olivier Pardini (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
70Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:18 
71Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
72Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
73Jimmy Duquennoy (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
74Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
75Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
76Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ  
77Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step  
78Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:00:42 
79Davide Martinelli (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
80Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
81Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
82Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:05 
83Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
84Colin Stüssi (Swi) Team Roth  
85Simon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
86Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
87Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:42 
88Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:01:59 
89Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:02:34 
90Wesley Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
91Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
92Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
93Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
94Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:05 
95Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Cibel-Cebon0:03:25 
96Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
97Romain Guillemois (Fra) Direct Energie  
98Jonas Tenbrock (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
99Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
100Rayane Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
101Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra)0:04:12 
102Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect0:04:46 
103Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
104Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
105Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
106Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
107Sven Reutter (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
108Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
109Thomas Koep (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
110Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
111Sergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
112Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
113Michael Goolaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
114Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
115Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ  
116Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
117Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
118Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
119Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
120Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
121Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
122Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
123Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
124Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
125Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth  
126Brecht Dhaene (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team  
127Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
128Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
129Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
130Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
131William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ  
132Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
133Andrea Vaccher (Ita) Team Roth  
134Sander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team  
135Marlon Gaillard (Fra) Direct Energie0:06:36 
DNFJurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFEtienne Fabre (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFRuslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFLieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
DNFSébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ  
DNFDavide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFChun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre - Merida  
DNFRoberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFMarko Kump (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
DNFOliviero Troia (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFShane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFPatryk Stosz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFAnthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFMikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFBenjamin Giraud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFMartin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFJeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFGuillaume Thévenot (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFMaxime Cam (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFPierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFBoris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFAlexander Serov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFDamiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFEduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFAntonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGenki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFBarry Markus (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
DNFAndré Looij (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
DNFIvar Slik (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
DNFLasse Norman Hansen (Den) Stölting Service Group  
DNFRasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Stölting Service Group  
DNFAlberto Cecchin (Ita) Team Roth  
DNFMarco D'urbano (Ita) Team Roth  
DNFAndrea Zordan (Ita) Team Roth  
DNFMartin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFJonas Rickaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFJakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
DNFJoeri Calleeuw (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team  
DNFAidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team  
DNFElias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team  
DNFStef Van Zummeren (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team  
DNFKenny Goossens (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFWim Reynaerts (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFBenjamin Verraes (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  

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