Cees Bol wins crash-marred Nokere Koerse

Van der Poel down in sprint finale

Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) sprinted to victory at Nokere Koerse after a crash-marred final along the cobbled incline to the finish line took down his teammate Max Walscheid and cyclo-cross world champion Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus). Bol was the fastest to the line ahead of Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates).

Bora-Hansgrohe led the initial sprint into the bottom of hill and onto the cobbles with Ackermann positioned in second wheel, and although the German road champion looked as though he would hold off his rivals, Bol proved fastest with a late surge to the line that netted him the day's victory.

How it unfolded

The peloton returned to the cobbles at the mid-week Nokere Koerse on Wednesday in Belgium with a 195.6km race between Deinze and Nokere.

A quarter of the way in saw a five-man break clear the field and build a significant, seven-minute lead over the peloton behind. The riders included Yohann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), David Boucher (Tarteletto-Isorex), Otto Vergaerde (Corendon-Circus), Axel Journiaux (Direct Energie) and Mattia Viel (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec).

While the breakaway riders pushed out front and contested hilltop sprints for category points, the peloton, led by UAE Team Emirates and Bora-Hansgrohe, increased speeds behind and reduced the gap to under six minutes by mid-race.

Deceuninck-QuickStep picked up the reins and slashed the gap in half, down to three minutes within 50km to the finish line, clearly looking for their 19th win of the season in Nokere.

As they raced closer to the finish, the breakaway fractured with only three remaining out front: Bouchaer, Offredo and Vergaerde. Although they tried to hang on to their two-minute gap, late-race attacks from Lars Boom (Roompot-Charles), Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) and Pim Ligthart (Direct Energie) only served to shut the gap down faster. Even the young Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) took one dig with 20km to go, but his efforts were short-lived, and the peloton reeled him in a few metres later.

The peloton approached the remnants of the early breakaway, and two more riders attacked: Clement Russo (Arkea-Samsic) and Clement Carisey (Israel Cycling Academy), who managed to quickly picked up 30 seconds but ultimately dangled out front while the teams behind set up for a bunch sprint.

The nervousness inside the field increased and several crashes took down riders in the last 15km, but Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-Hansgrohe carried on with their lead-out trains into the final climb over Nokere berg.

Riders from CCC Team, Roompot, Lotto Soudal and Jumbo-Visma all moved to the front over the climbs and cobbled sections in the final five kilometres. Marco Canola (Nippo Vini Fantini) made a solo effort but crashed over the slippery cobbles, and then it was Boom who tried another move 3km out, but Deceuninck-QuickStep shut it down.

Team Sunweb took over the lead-outs under the kilometre-to-go banner. Bora-Hansgrohe jumped first into the cobbled incline in the final 500 metres, while simultaneously a crash took down several contenders. Ackermann was the first to sprint with Bol on his wheel. The Sunweb rider mustered enough force on his pedals to sprint around Ackermann and across the line with the win.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb4:32:37 
2Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
3Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates  
4Boy van Poppel (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
5Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
6Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
7Justin Jules (Fra) Wallonie Bruxelles  
8Bram Welten (Ned) Arkéa Samsic  
9Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
10Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
11Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team  
12Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
13Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
14Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles0:00:05 
15André Rodrigues Carvalho (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon  
16Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:06 
17Arjen Livyns (Bel) Roompot-Charles0:00:08 
18Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:21 
19Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:23 
20Julien Trarieux (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
21Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
22Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb  
23Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:25 
24Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates  
25Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
26Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:33 
27Mathias De Witte (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
28Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
29Josip Rumac (Cro) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:40 
30Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team  
31Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo  
32Niels de Rooze (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
33Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:44 
34Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
35Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles0:00:46 
36Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
37Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
38Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
39Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
40Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates0:00:52 
41Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
42Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:54 
43Mikkel Bjerg (Den) Hagens Berman Axeon  
44Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:56 
45Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
46Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane  
47Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:59 
48Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:01:01 
49Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
50Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Team  
51Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:03 
52Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
53Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
54Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
55Pim Ligthart (Ned) Direct Energie  
56Lars Boom (Ned) Roompot-Charles0:01:11 
57Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
58Iuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
59Zico Waeytens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
60Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
61Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky  
62Ian Garrison (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon  
63Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:01:18 
64Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:21 
65Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky0:01:23 
66Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:01:29 
67Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky0:01:31 
68Joan Bou Company (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:01:35 
69Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
70Mathias Norsgaard Jørgensen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:01:36 
71Andreas Stockbro (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
72Jordi van Dingenen (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
73Aime De Gendt (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:01:40 
74Maikel Zijlaard (Ned) Hagens Berman Axeon  
75Pawel Bernas (Pol) CCC Team  
76Lindsay De Vylder (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:01:43 
77Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Gobert  
78Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
79Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team0:01:46 
80Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:01:48 
81Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:52 
82Julien van den Brande (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
83Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Team0:01:53 
84Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:01:55 
85Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:01:56 
86Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:03 
87Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
88Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
89Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:02:05 
90Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:12 
91Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Charles0:02:34 
92Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
93Nicolai Philip Brochner Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:03:15 
94Harry Tanfield (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:17 
95Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:03:24 
96Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:03:25 
97Brian van Goethem (Ned) Lotto Soudal0:03:27 
98Lukas Spengler (Swi) Wallonie Bruxelles  
99Imerio Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane  
100Emils Liepins (Lat) Wallonie Bruxelles  
101Adrien Garel (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
102Clément Russo (Fra) Arkéa Samsic0:03:33 
103Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
104Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
105Jonas Aaen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
106Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
107Tobias Mørch Kongstad (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
108Clément Carisey (Fra) Israel Cycling Academy  
109Stijn Steels (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
110Robbe Ghys (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
111Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:04:19 
112Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
113Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex0:05:41 
114Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:47 
115Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
116Marco Mathis (Ger) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
117Will Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo0:05:54 
118Jonathan Brown (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon  
119Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie0:06:08 
120Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb  
121Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb0:06:26 
122David Boucher (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex0:06:40 
123Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Arkéa Samsic0:07:20 
124Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:07:29 
125Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:08:04 
126Stijn Devolder (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
127Filippo Fortin (Ita) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
128Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates  
129Michael Rice (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon  
130Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
131Rasmus Bøgh Wallin (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:08:53 
132Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
133Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin  
134Maxime Cam (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
135Hiroki Nishimura (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane  
136Davide Martinelli (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
137Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo  
138Kim Magnusson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
139Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
140Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
141Alexis Guerin (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
142Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
143Dries De Bondt (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) Lotto Soudal  
DNFLoic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
DNFJustin Mottier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
DNFAlan Riou (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
DNFJakob Egholm (Den) Hagens Berman Axeon  
DNFAxel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFBrenton Jones (Aus) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFJoseph Areruya (Rwa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFLasse Norman Hansen (Den) Corendon-Circus  
DNFMathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus  
DNFPavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFFloris Gerts (Ned) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFMattia Viel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFMatteo Pelucchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFIvo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFAlex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFFumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFJai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb  
DNFJuan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane  
DNFOwain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFJenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFRoy Jans (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
DNSJordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  

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