Demare wins Brussels Cycling Classic

Frenchman outsprints Kump and Greipel

Arnaud Démare (FDJ) won the bunch sprint to take the win at Saturday's Brussels Cycling Classic, finishing ahead of Marko Kump (UAE Team Emirates) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal).

The riders faced 13 climbs along the way, but the many sprinters in the race gave an indication of the expected finish. A group of five riders quickly formed and got away: Dimitri Peyskens (WB Verandaclassic Aqua Protect), Brian Van Goethem (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Patryk Stosz (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Sander Cordeel (Verandas Willems - Crelan) and Stepan Kurianov (Gazprom-Rusvelo). They were held to a gap of not more than five minutes.

The lead was soon at only the minute mark, with big name riders looking to make the move up. A group of 15 formed when nine rider successfully bridged up: Matthias Brändle (Trek-Segafredo), Tiesj Benoot, Sean De Bie (Lotto-Soudal), Pim Ligthart, Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Geoffrey Soupe (Cofidis), Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Nans Peters (AG2R), Olivier Le Gac (FDJ) and Truls Korsaeth (Astana).

Both the group and the gap got smaller as the race continued, and then exploded as the finish line came closer. Brändle attacked solo with eight kilometres to go. The Austrian pulled away, but the sprinters were determined to take the stage and he was caught again with less than 2 km to go.

André Greipel made a late surge but could not quite catch Démare, who claimed his ninth season victory.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ4:39:37 
2Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  
3André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
4Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
5Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
6Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
7Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
8Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
9Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
10Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
11Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
12Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
13Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
14Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb  
15Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
16Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb  
17Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
18Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
19Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
20Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
21Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
22Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
24Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu Banka - Riga  
25Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
26Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
27Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
29Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
30Kevyn Ista (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
31Frantisek Sisr (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
32Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
33Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
34Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
35Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
36Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
37Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
38Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
39Mathias De Witte (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
40Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb  
41Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
42Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
43Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
44Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
45Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe  
46Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
47Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe  
48Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
49Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
50Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina  
51Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
52Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
53Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
54Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie  
55Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
56Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
57Aurélien Doleatto (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
58John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo  
59Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
60Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:00:15 
61Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
62Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ  
63Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb0:00:18 
64Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect0:00:25 
65Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ  
66Valentin Madouas (Fra) FDJ0:00:35 
67Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
68Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
69Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
70Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
71Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
72Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
73Mathias Van Gompel (Bel)  
74Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo  
75Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
76Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
77Brecht Ruyters (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
78Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo  
79Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
80Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina  
81Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
82Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
83Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
84Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
85Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team  
86Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
87Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
88Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
89Ludwig De Winter (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect0:00:40 
90Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:43 
91Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
92Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:00:52 
93Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:56 
94Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
95Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:01 
96Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:07 
97Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
98Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
99Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:11 
100Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
101Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
102Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
103Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:43 
104Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:56 
105Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:02:08 
106Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
107Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:17 
108Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
109Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ  
110Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ  
111Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:22 
112Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:05:13 
113Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
114Piotr Brozyna (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
115Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
116Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
117Michiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
118Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team Sunweb  
119Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
120Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
121Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
122Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
123Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
124Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie  
125Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
126Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
127Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:29 
128Max Kanter (Ger) Team Sunweb0:06:17 
129Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:06:55 
130Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:06:58 
131Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
132Stepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:11:00 
133Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
134Lukas Spengler (Swi) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
135Ludovic Robeet (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
136Andrea Guardini (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
137Seid Lizde (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
138Wim Reynaerts (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
139Michael Goolaerts (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
140Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
141Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb  
142Stef Van Zummeren (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
143Sander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
144Kamil Malecki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
145Dennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
146Patryk Stosz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
147Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
148Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
149Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
150Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
151Kenny Molly (Bel) AGO-Aqua Service  
152Erwann Corbel (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
153Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors  
154Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
155Ivan Savitckii (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFGianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFJoan Bou Company (Spa) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFVegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFBenjamin Giraud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFAsbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFMikel Aristi (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFYannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFCyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFNacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFRudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMarcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFDavide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ  
DNFJulien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFRiccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFRoy Jans (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFSam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFEduard Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFRuslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFAndre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFMatti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team  
DNFFlorian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFBoris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFLaurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFDries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFMatteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
DNFTony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie  
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