Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne 2019

March 27, 2019, Brugge, De Panne, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne. 


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  1. 11:45:11 CET

    As the CN blimp rises in the Belgian sky, the riders are in the neutral section of the 200.3km race.   

  2. 11:49:53 CET

    The skies are grey in Belgium but it is dry as the riders get ready to race.


  3. 200km remaining from 200.3km

    11:55:12 CET

    They're off! The flag has dropped for the start of the 200km of racing.

  4. 11:58:21 CET


  5. 11:59:25 CET

    There are 166 riders in the race. Only Alex Edmondson of Michelton-Scott didn't start.



  6. 12:03:29 CET

    As Sporza highlights, there are a lot of 'toppers' - big names, in action today.


    These include Viviani, Ackermann, Kittel, Groenewegen, Gaviria and Bouhanni, with a high-speed sprint the most likely conclusion. 


    However before then the riders face a ride through southwest Flanders on the often exposed roads that could spark echelons. The race ends with two laps of a large circuit around De Panne.  


  7. 12:04:45 CET

    Jasha Sütterlin of Movistar was the first to attack but he was soon brought to heel. 

  8. 12:08:29 CET

    The speed is high in the opening kilometres. 


    Sütterlin stayed out front and is joined by Stan Dewulf, Jimmy Janssens, Senne Leysen, Adrien Garel and Mathijs Paasschens.



  9. 12:15:18 CET

    The six riders have got away, with many in the peloton stopping for a natural break and so letting them go. 


    The gap is up to 2:30.


  10. 12:18:37 CET

    The six are Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar), Stan Dewulf (Lotto Soudal), Jimmy Janssens (Corendon Circus), Senne Leysen (Roompot Charles), Adrien Garel (Vital Concept - B&B Hotels) and Mathijs Paasschens (Wallonie-Bruxelles). 



  11. 175km remaining from 200.3km

    12:21:03 CET

    Jordi Warlop (Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise) is trying to get across but the Flemish team appears to have missed the early break today. He is two minutes behind the six.


  12. 12:22:27 CET

    Katusha-Alpecin is leading the chase, perhaps in the hope that Marcel Kittel can win the sprint later in De Panne.



  13. 12:23:37 CET

    The German sprinter has not raced since quitting Paris-Nice on stage 4. 


    He won the Trofeo Palma race in the Challenge Mallorca but has struggled since then. 


  14. 12:28:43 CET

    A race in Flanders wouldn't be complete without some cobbles.


    Our man in Flanders Brecht Decauwler set in this photo of the peloton soon after the start. 



  15. 12:30:11 CET

    That first taste of the cobbles was in Lookhuisstraat. It was 1000m long. 



  16. 12:34:53 CET

    The riders will face five cobbled sectors today and five climbs, including the Kemmelberg that is used in Sundays' Gent-Wevelgem.  


  17. 168km remaining from 200.3km

    12:37:20 CET

    Jordi WarlopJordi (Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise) has been caught after giving up hope of joining the break.


    The six riders lead by 4:00 now.  





  18. 12:41:58 CET

    As you are probably aware, the organisers of Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne reduced the race from its traditional three-day event to a one-day UCI 1.HC race last year.


    It has now been elevated to WorldTour status for 2019 and so has attracted a quality start list as riders and teams begin their Cobbled Classics spring.



  19. 12:58:08 CET

    During last year's 'new-look' edition of the one-day Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne, Quick-Step Floors continued their winning streak with Elia Viviani taking victory by a clear margin ahead of Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was second and Jasper Philipsen (Hagens Berman Axeon) took the final place on the podium.




  20. 12:59:04 CET

    It was the team’s sixth win of the month and Viviani's fifth of the early season.


    If all that sounds familiar, it's because Viviani's 2019 Deceuninck-QuickStep squad have once again proved dominant this spring, only this time they have secured a whopping 19 victories so far.


    Viviani is riding Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne wearing the Italian champion's kit and bib no. 1, with high hopes of defending his win.


  21. 13:02:37 CET

    Fortunately for the riders there is only a slight breeze blowing from the north today. 

    It's a cross wind on the ride towards the Kemmelberg and then will become a headwind on the road to De Panne but is unlikely to cause any real problems.


  22. 150km remaining from 200.3km

    13:03:37 CET

    The breakaway group traveled 47.5km during the first hour. That's fast! 

  23. 13:07:04 CET

    The 21.km section of 'Kasseistrook' or cobbles in Worken proved on problem for the break or peloton and neither did the train level crossing. 

    It's full steam ahead to the Kemmelberg now.  


  24. 125km remaining from 200.3km

    13:41:07 CET

    The next riders are heading to the mid-race climbs now. The Monteberg and the Kemmelberg will be the first key points of the race today.




  25. 13:42:17 CET

    As the Monteberg nears the peloton has started to pull back the six attackers. The gap is down to 4:30.


  26. 13:55:19 CET

    As we expected, the Kemmelberg has caused some splits in the peloton. 


    5 riders got away: Gaviria, Theuns, Haller, Danny van Poppel and Pöstlberger.


    They have a 50-second lead but will they push on? 


  27. 120km remaining from 200.3km

    13:56:14 CET

    Not surprisingly, the Deceuninck-Quick Step team is leading the chase.


  28. 13:59:39 CET

    Race on! 


    Theuns, Gaviria, Van Poppel, Pöstlberger and Haller have decided to push on.


    They are about to hit the Rodeberg, Vidaigneberg and Sulferberg trio of climbs. 



  29. 95km remaining from 200.3km

    14:13:17 CET

    Theuns, Gaviria, Van Poppel, Pöstlberger and Haller lead by 1:00 now.


    The peloton appears ready to let them hang out front, perhaps in hope they fade before the finish in De Panne.  


  30. 88km remaining from 200.3km

    14:21:00 CET

    Lars Boom (Rompoot Charles) has abandoned. It is not yet clear why but the pace is high now as the peloton chases the early break and the Theuns, Gaviria, Van Poppel, Pöstlberger and Haller attack. 



  31. 14:27:57 CET

    The chase by Deceuninck-QuickStep and the trio of climbs has hurt the break and the Gaviria move but the peloton has still to catch them as riders pass through the feed zone.  


  32. 14:36:33 CET

    The riders were relaxed at the start in Brugge but the racing is on now, with some riders already spat out of the back of the peloton. 


  33. 14:38:10 CET

    The European spring has been mild so far with temperatures of 8-11C today. 


    With no rain expected, its a great day for a fast race. 


  34. 72km remaining from 200.3km

    14:39:01 CET

    The break hits the latest section of cobbles but the riders are able to ride on the asphalt strip along the roadside.


  35. 14:41:55 CET

    The peloton has chased down the Gaviria counter-attack, with Mitchelton-Scott leading onto the cobbled section.


  36. 14:43:10 CET

    It's a sprint and a squeeze before the right turn onto the cobbles but everyone makes it through okay. 


  37. 68km remaining from 200.3km

    14:48:11 CET

    Now Katusha hits the front at speed to protect Kittel. 


    Behind Mareczko ha flatted. He needs a rear wheel change. 


  38. 64km remaining from 200.3km

    14:50:05 CET

    Katusha was perhaps hoping for some echelon action but there is little wind today. But the riders are on edge as the kilometres tick down. 


    It's going to be a high-speed finale.


  39. 14:52:17 CET

    The breakaway is holding their gap at just below four minutes. There is still a way to go and there is no rush from the peloton to try and bring them back just yet. 

  40. 14:53:30 CET

    Jakub Mareczko has a teammate with him as he makes his way back to the peloton. He's in the race convoy and can see the peloton just up the road. 


  41. 14:57:44 CET

    Don't forget, it's also stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya today. If you want to follow that as well, then click here


  42. 15:01:52 CET

    Speaking of Catalunya, Chris Froome is racing there this week. It's his first race since he made his season debut at the Tour Colombia 2.1 and it hasn't gone too well so far. He crashed yesterday and lost quite a bit of skin, but he's continuing and says that he will ride for Egan Bernal for the remainder of the week. He also said that he may ride the Tour of the Alps next month, in order to up his race days this year. Read more about it here


  43. 15:05:37 CET

    Bora-Hansgrohe report that their rider Oscar Gatto has been forced to abandon the race following a crash. 


  44. 50km remaining from 200.3km

    15:07:45 CET

    The leaders cross the line and we have two more laps remaining. The gap has fallen to 2:37 over the peloton. 


  45. 15:10:47 CET

    It seems that most of the key teams have one rider up the front of the peloton. Juraj Sagan leads the bunch over the line. Meanwhile, there are representatives from Jumbo-Visma, Deceuninck-QuickStep, Katusha, EF Education First and Dimension Data.


  46. 15:15:16 CET

    Of course, all of those teams have a sprinter in their line-up today. Bora-Hansgrohe have Ackermann, QuickStep have Viviani, EF have Dan McLay, Dimension Data have Giacomo Nizzolo, Katusha have Marcel Kittel and Jumbo-Visma have Dylan Groenwegen. 


  47. 40km remaining from 200.3km

    15:19:25 CET

    With so many teams working up front, the gap to the leaders has started coming down quite quickly. With 40k to go, the group has 2:12. 


  48. 15:23:01 CET

    Trek-Segafredo also moving up towards the front. They have a few options today with Matteo Moschetti, Kiel Reijnen and Edward Theuns. 


  49. 15:24:37 CET

    A big crash for Laengen on a roundabout. He suffered a puncture earlier and was making his way back to the peloton. His bike slipped out from under him as he went around a roundabout. That's a blow for Gaviria, who would have been relying on him today. 


  50. 32km remaining from 200.3km

    15:31:34 CET

    The peloton is lined out as it heads back to De Panne to finish the first 25km circuit. 

  51. 30km remaining from 200.3km

    15:34:40 CET

    Mads Pedersen suffers a front flat.

    Despite John Degenkolb's mechanical during Milan-San Remo, the young Danish rider is still using a 1x crankset. 


  52. 15:35:45 CET

    Here he is! Gianni Moscon is back racing today and is on the front working for Team Sky.


  53. 15:36:52 CET

    Moscon quit Tirreno-Adriatico after struggling due to his injuries he picked up after two crashes at the UAE Tour. 


    It is now unclear if he can find his best form for the Classics. 


  54. 25km remaining from 200.3km

    15:40:31 CET

    As the break hears the bell for the final lap, the peloton is just 1:10 behind.


  55. 15:41:43 CET

    Team Sky are doing a lot of the work at the moment. 


    They are probably riding for their young sprinter Kristoffer Halvorsen.


  56. 15:42:46 CET

    He finished second in Friday's Bredene Koksijde Classic race on the same roads as today's race. 


  57. 23km remaining from 200.3km

    15:42:55 CET



  58. 15:43:51 CET

    Luke Durbridge goes down at speed. He's being checked by the race doctor. He's moving but is clearly in pain.


  59. 15:45:23 CET

    The whole Team Sky is on the front on the twisting narrow roads.


    It's a wise move as there are more crashes and mechanicals. 


  60. 18km remaining from 200.3km

    15:49:30 CET

    The break leads by just 30 seconds now. 


  61. 15:50:11 CET

    Team Sky are tying to smash and split the peloton. Ian Stannard does a big turn and then flicks his elbow to wave through a teammate. 


  62. 15km remaining from 200.3km

    15:50:55 CET

    Flat for Serge Pauwels (CCC Team). Other riders have been dropped.


  63. 15:51:27 CET

    The other teams are trying to take on Team Sky now. 


  64. 15km remaining from 200.3km

    15:53:06 CET

    The rider squeeze through the city streets of Veurne and will soon be on the open roads back to De Panne. 


  65. 13km remaining from 200.3km

    15:54:06 CET

    Sky and Deceuninck-QuickStep are on the front as the break is swept up.


  66. 15:54:46 CET

    Together they line-out the peloton on the wide road.


  67. 15:57:01 CET



  68. 15:57:59 CET

    The road narrowed and a touch of wheels saw several riders go down hard. Others too to the field to find a way up the road. 


  69. 15:58:27 CET

    Pedersen was also delayed by the crash.


  70. 15:58:47 CET

    So too was Britain's Chris Lawless of Team Sky.


  71. 15:59:16 CET

    German champion Pascal Ackermann went down hard. He has lost any chance of victory today.


  72. 9km remaining from 200.3km

    16:00:12 CET

    The six breakaways riders are finally caught. But there is only 40 or so riders in the front peloton after the crash.


  73. 7km remaining from 200.3km

    16:02:03 CET

    The race is on and so there is no suggesting of waiting for the riders who crashed.


  74. 16:03:01 CET

    Deceuninck-QuickStep has several riders on the front, they're riding for Viviani, who is there too. 


    It would be  incredible if the Belgian team wins yet again.


  75. 6km remaining from 200.3km

    16:03:32 CET

    Kittel is also there with two Katusha teammates.


  76. 16:03:54 CET

    Mareczko is also there, with lots of support from CCC Team. 


  77. 16:05:30 CET

    The yellow jersey of Jumbo are there too. Is that Dylan Groenewegen on their wheel? 


  78. 4km remaining from 200.3km

    16:06:18 CET

    This is going to be a fast and technical final four kilometres. Hold onto your hats!  


  79. 16:07:02 CET

    Nacer Bouhanni is there too, as is Fernando Gaviria. 


  80. 16:07:45 CET

    Everyone is fighting for a better position on the straight road that takes the riders to the right turn with 2km to go.  


  81. 16:08:09 CET

    Bob Jungels takes up the pace setting for Deceuninck and Viviani.


  82. 16:09:04 CET

    Sky try to match Jungels, with Ganna leading the line. 


  83. 16:09:15 CET

    Last Kilometre!


  84. 1km remaining from 200.3km

    16:09:31 CET

    Gaviria is on Viviani's wheel! 


  85. 16:09:42 CET

    Here we go! 


  86. 16:10:10 CET

    Sky lead it out. 


  87. 16:10:37 CET

    Groenewegen takes it ! 


  88. 16:11:46 CET

    Viviani got a good lead out by Morkov but Groenewegen came on the left and was clearly faster and stronger than Viviani. 



  89. 16:14:09 CET

    Groenewegen was caught behind but was not afraid to go past Gaviria along the barriers and had time to check on his rials and celebrate. 


  90. 16:15:25 CET

    This is the top ten: 


    1 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
    2 Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates
    3 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
    4 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
    5 Justin Jules (Fra) Wallonie Bruxelles
    6 Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky
    7 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel
    8 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott
    9 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data
    10 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma


  91. 16:18:26 CET

    The Dutch sprinter won the sprint with apparent ease but plays down his chances for Sunday's hillier Ghent-Wevelgem. 




  92. 16:21:13 CET

    "I think this race is actually a little bit easier than Gent-Wevelgem, Gent-Wevelgem is a really hard race for me and maybe we can go for that in the coming years. We have a strong team for Sunday and we will do our best," he said.


  93. 16:22:07 CET

    The likes of Ackermann, who was in the crash, could only watch the replay of the sprint as they rode to the finish.


  94. 16:30:07 CET

    Elia Viviani climbs on stage but only for third place.


    That's the first time that Deceuninck-QuickStep did not win a major one-day race.  


  95. 16:30:47 CET

    Gaviria climbs onto the second step of the podium but Dylan Groenewegen takes the top step after his superb sprint victory. 



  96. 16:35:06 CET

    Elia Viviani sportingly admitted defeat.


    “The last corner made for a really hard sprint. We did good work with Morkov, who went with 350, then I saw 170 metres to go and I went. But Groenewegen was faster, that's it. I was third."


    “I went at the right time, not too early or too late. I did what I could."


  97. 16:39:06 CET

    This is the first shot of the sprint. Groenewegen won it with apparent ease, with Gaviria banging his bars in frustration. 


    Dylan Groenewegen wins Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne


  98. 16:39:55 CET

    Gaviria made the mistake of leaving a gap along the barriers and Groenewegen dived through the gap.   


  99. 16:40:39 CET

    However he can be happy with his ride after also going on the attack over the Kemmelberg. He is clearly testing his form Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem. 


  100. 16:46:50 CET

    This is a TV shot of Gaviria, Groenewgen and Viviani on the podium. 



  101. 16:53:20 CET

    Today's Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne was the first taste of the cobbled Classics for the WorldTour peloton. 

    Thursday sees the women in action on the same roads, with the E3-BinckBank Classic contested on Friday and then Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. 


    Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin) attacks on the Kemmelberg


  102. 16:56:41 CET

    Click here for our special Cobbled Classics 2019 Preview.


    Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne peloton


  103. 16:58:25 CET

    For our full race report and photo gallery on Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne, click here. 


    Dylan Groenewegen wins Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne




  104. 17:00:42 CET

    It's a busy day of racing but as always, we've got all the action covered.


    Click here for the live coverage from the mountain stage of the Volta a Catalunya.


    We'll also have exclusive news and interviews from all the racing. 


  105. 17:01:27 CET

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