Ackermann wins Brussels Cycling Classic

Demare disrupted by crash in finale

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) took victory in the 2018 edition of the Brussels Cycling Classic on Saturday, continuing his fine run of late-summer form. 

The German, who has won RideLondon and two stages of the Tour de Pologne since winning his national championships road race in June, triumphed in a bunch sprint that was marred by a heavy crash. 

2017 champion Arnaud Démare, whose FDJ team had joined Bora as the dominant forces on the run-in, was held up - and lucky himself not to crash - as riders from AG2R La Mondiale and Team Sunweb fell hard. 

Ackermann was already sprinting and had a clear run for the line, with Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) finishing a distant second and Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie) third. 

"It was really hard. It was a hilly circuit, not easy, but my team was amazing today - they worked really hard for me and I'm really happy today," said Ackermann. 

"It's my first victory in Belgium and I hope some more will follow."

The 201km route contained no fewer than 13 climbs but, all being short and the final one coming more than 25km from the line, it was always likely to culminate in a bunch sprint. Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) did everything he could to prevent it, sparking an early six-man breakaway with Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal), Jonas Gregaard (Astana), Hamish Schreurs (Israel Cycling Academy), Nike van der Lijke (Roompot), and Tom Wirtgen (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic). 

The opened up a lead of 3:30 before Schreurs was dropped with just over 70km to go, but at that point FDJ were working hard in the peloton and brought the gap down to a minute by the penultimate climb of Krabbos with just under 50km to go. At that point, four riders - Remi Cavagna (Quick-Step Floors), Kamil Gradek (CCC), Thomas Sprengers (Sport Vlaanderen Baloise), and Jimmy Turgis (Cofidis) - attacked and succeeded in making it across to make a front group of eight. 

Despite several attacks, the gap was too tight to entertain any real hopes of success, and Bak was the last to be caught, with the racing coming back together with 10km remaining. At that point, Bora and FDJ took to the front yet the contest between Ackermann and Démare was denied by the late crash, not that it takes anything away from another win for the young German. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe4:35:12 
2Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek - Segafredo  
3Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:01 
4Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick - Step Floors  
5Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
6Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
7Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
8Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
9Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
10Jonas Koch (Ger) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
11Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
12Clement Russo (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
13Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
14Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Uae Team Emirates  
15Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
16Zico Waeytens (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
17Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
18Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
19Mathias De Witte (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
20Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
21Kevyn Ista (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
22Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
23Simone Velasco (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
24Adrian Kurek (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
25John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek - Segafredo  
26Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:08 
27Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
28Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Development Team Sunweb  
29Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
30Robbert De Greef (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
31Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
32Nico Denz (Ger) Ag2R La Mondiale  
33Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
34Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
35Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro Team0:00:11 
36Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek - Segafredo0:00:13 
37Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Ag2R La Mondiale  
38Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
39Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Uae Team Emirates  
40Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
41Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick - Step Floors0:00:15 
42Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
43Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
44Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
45Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia0:00:19 
46Cedric Raymackers (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
47Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:22 
48Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel - Cebon0:00:27 
49Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
50Lennert Teugels (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
51Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
52Christophe Masson (Fra) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
53Patrick Müller (Swi) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
54Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Team Waoo  
55Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Bora - Hansgrohe  
56Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
57Lukasz Owsian (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
58Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
59Michal Paluta (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
60Barnabás Peák (Hun) Quick - Step Floors  
61Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
62Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
63Frantisek Sisr (Cze) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
64Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
65Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
66Pawel Bernas (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
67Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
68Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora - Hansgrohe  
69German Nicolas Tivani Perez (Arg) Trevigiani Phonix - Hemus 1896  
70Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) Ag2R La Mondiale  
71Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama - Fdj  
72Oliver Naesen (Bel) Ag2R La Mondiale  
73Leonardo Bonifazio (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
74Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
75Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama - Fdj  
76Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
77William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama - Fdj0:00:36 
78Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama - Fdj  
79Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
80Corentin Ermenault (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
81Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
82Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
83Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
84Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
85Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:39 
86Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
87Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
88Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
89Simon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:48 
90Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
91Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama - Fdj  
92Simone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
93Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
94Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick - Step Floors  
95Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
96Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
97Alex Kirsch (Lux) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
98Silvan Dillier (Swi) Ag2R La Mondiale  
99Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek - Segafredo  
100Matteo Bono (Ita) Uae Team Emirates0:01:24 
101Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick - Step Floors0:01:30 
102Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
103Lars Bak Ytting (Den) Lotto Soudal0:02:00 
104Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
105Dennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
106Michiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
107Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
108Marco Marcato (Ita) Uae Team Emirates0:03:17 
109Leon Heinschke (Ger) Development Team Sunweb0:03:19 
110Clément Carisey (Fra) Israel Cycling Academy  
111Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick - Step Floors  
112Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama - Fdj  
113Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:35 
114Brenton Jones (Aus) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
115Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
116Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
117Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
118Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama - Fdj  
119Jonas Gregaard Wilsly (Den) Riwal Ceramicspeed Cycling Team0:05:20 
120Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:05:30 
121Oliviero Troia (Ita) Uae Team Emirates  
122Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
123Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
124Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek - Segafredo  
125Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
126Joan Bou Company (Spa) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
127Itamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
128Felix Gall (Aut) Development Team Sunweb  
129Kamil Gradek (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFHamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFJulien Trarieux (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
DNFTimothy Stevens (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFMarco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
DNFBryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFClement Orceau (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFAlexis Guerin (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
DNFFilippo Ganna (Ita) Uae Team Emirates  
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora - Hansgrohe  
DNFErik Baska (Svk) Bora - Hansgrohe  
DNFYevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFClement Venturini (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFRudy Barbier (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFAlex Frame (NZl) Trek - Segafredo  
DNFMads Pedersen (Den) Trek - Segafredo  
DNFLuca Pacioni (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
DNFMaxence Moncassin (Fra) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
DNFSimone Bevilacqua (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
DNFFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
DNFBert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFPieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFJesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFChristophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFQuentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFJérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFAnthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFGuillaume Seye (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
DNFThibault Guernalec (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
DNFMichael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
DNFNiklas Märkl (Ger) Development Team Sunweb  
DNFMartin Alexander Salmon (Ger) Development Team Sunweb  
DNFSergio Tu (Tpe) Development Team Sunweb  
DNFJens Vanoverberghe (Bel) Development Team Sunweb  
DNFTom Wirtgen (Lux) Ago - Aqua Service  

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