Groenewegen wins Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne

Dutchman tops Gaviria, Viviani

Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) continued his winning start to the season with a victory at the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne. Groenewegen came from behind, up the right side of the road, to beat Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in De Panne.

Groenewegen bided his time further down the bunch as Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck-QuickStep) led out Viviani. The Italian champion was the first to launch his sprint with around 200 metres to go. Meanwhile, Groenewegen stayed rooted to Gaviria's wheel as the Colombian charged through on the right.

With 100 metres to go, Groenewegen moved out of Gaviria's slipstream and held his nerve to squeeze through the barely big enough gap between Gaviria and the barriers. Groenewegen did not hold back and by the time he reached the line he had time to look back at his rivals and see the devastation he'd left in his wake.

The win is Groenewegen's fifth of the season so far, pushing him one clear of sprint rivals Viviani and Sam Bennett. Groenewegen will now head to Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday in the hope that he can capitalise on his form. The Dutchman is not making any bold predictions about his chances at the weekend.

"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.

How it happened

After a brief sojourn to Italy, the Belgian Classics resumed with the one-day Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne. With just a few climbs to speak of, the 200-kilometre race attracted a star-studded list of sprinters looking for success – helped by its new WorldTour status.

The race's proximity to the coast made crosswinds a constant threat, and teams would need to pay attention all day.

A fast start to the day made it difficult for a breakaway to get clear but a six-man move did eventually get off the front of the peloton in the opening 20 kilometres. Movistar's Jasha Sütterlin initiated the attack and was eventually joined by Stan Dewulf (Lotto Soudal), Jimmy Janssens (Corendon Circus), Senne Leysen (Roompot Charles), Adrien Garel (Vital Concept - B&B Hotels) and Mathijs Paasschens (Wallonie-Bruxelles). Jordi Warlop (Sport Vlaanderen) tried to join the party but was shown the door before he could get over the threshold.

Behind, the sprint teams would take it, in turn, to set the pace in the peloton and they kept the six-man breakaway at a palatable distance. They were allowed no more than five minutes as the bunch sought to ensure a bunch gallop at the end of the day.

As the race hit the Kemmelberg with 120 kilometres remaining, the peloton broke up with Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin), Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma) and Lukas Postlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) going off the front.

The quality of the attack meant that the peloton could not allow them any space out front and several teams set to work to bring them back. The five managed to gain over a minute on the peloton and stayed out front for around 50 kilometres before they were finally absorbed. There must have been plenty of concerned voices over the team radio, but the peloton could breathe easy – for the time being at least.

The teams continued to share pacing duties, and as the leaders crossed the finish line to begin the final lap, the gap had been reduced to just one minute.

Though the wind swept across the peloton throughout the stage, echelons never seemed like they would break up the peloton. They didn't need to, with plentiful crashes wreaking havoc on the bunch. The original three-day race might be gone, but there were times that it appeared its chaotic nature had crammed itself into the single day.

The biggest incident came with 11 kilometres to go as the bunch closed in on the breakaway, which had only a few seconds in hand on the peloton. As the race reached a pinch point, Zak Dempster (Israel Cycling Academy) clipped a metal barrier, flipping him off his bike and onto the grass. There was little room for the other riders to avoid him and many more went down, including pre-race favourite Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The stricken riders were spread across half the road and much of the peloton was caught behind it. Nevertheless, the reduced peloton plugged on and caught the breakaway soon after. As the race approached the finale in De Panne, Deceuninck-QuickStep and CCC Team cranked up the pace to a level high enough to eliminate any late break attempts. Though Ackermann had been eliminated from the running, most of the big sprint contenders had made it through to the leading group.

Deceuninck-QuickStep assumed control in the final kilometre with Morkov taking up the role as the final man for Viviani in the Belgian team's sprint train. Deceuninck-QuickStep have been the team to beat all spring, particularly with the defending champion in their line-up, but this was one that they could not conquer.

Groenewegen kept calm and collected, following Gavira through the melee of sprinters and charging through the small gap to the barriers that he'd left open. Once he'd made it through the gap, there was no stopping Groenewegen as he stormed to the win with relative ease.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma4:36:32 
2Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates  
3Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
4Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
5Justin Jules (Fra) Wallonie Bruxelles  
6Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
7Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
8Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott  
9Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data  
10Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
11Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb  
12Boy van Poppel (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
13Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert  
14Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
15Roy Jans (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
16Aksel Nõmmela (Est) Wallonie Bruxelles  
17Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
18Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
19Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
20Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
21Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
22Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
23Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb  
24Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team  
25Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
26Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
27Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team0:00:04 
28Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:06 
29Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
30Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
31Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-Visma  
32Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:09 
33Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
34Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:00:10 
35Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Team0:00:11 
36Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:00:19 
37Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
38Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team Sky0:00:24 
39Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:25 
40Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:27 
41Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:29 
42Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:00:33 
43Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
44Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) CCC Team  
45Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team  
46Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:00:38 
47Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin  
48Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:00:56 
49Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:04 
50Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
51Adam Blythe (GBr) Lotto Soudal0:01:05 
52Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
53Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:11 
54Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:18 
55Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:01:33 
56Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team  
57Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo  
58Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
59Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data  
60Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin  
61Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First  
62Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
63Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team  
64Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
65Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
66Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:01:37 
67Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma  
68Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:41 
69Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:53 
70Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First  
71Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:01 
72Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
73Pawel Bernas (Pol) CCC Team0:02:04 
74Dries De Bondt (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:02:30 
75Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:02:33 
76Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
77Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
78Simon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
79Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Katusha-Alpecin  
80Stijn Devolder (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
81Justin Timmermans (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
82Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
83Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
84Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
85Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team  
86Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Direct Energie  
87Florian Stork (Ger) Team Sunweb  
88Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
89Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team  
90Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data  
91Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb  
92Senne Leysen (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
93Adrien Garel (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
94Zico Waeytens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
95Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Corendon-Circus  
96Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
97Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
98Franklin Six (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
99Mathijs Paasschens (Ned) Wallonie Bruxelles  
100Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
101Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
102Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar Team  
103Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
104Robbe Ghys (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
105Sasha Weemaes (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
106Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
107Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First  
108Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education First  
109Edoardo Affini (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott  
110Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:04:55 
111Filippo Fortin (Ita) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:16 
112Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
113Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
114Stijn Steels (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
115Alfdan De Decker (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
116Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
117Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education First  
118Moreno Hofland (Ned) EF Education First  
119Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
120Maarten van Trijp (Ned) Corendon-Circus0:06:29 
121Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy  
122Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
123Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
124Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Cycling Academy  
125Tom Wirtgen (Lux) Wallonie Bruxelles  
126Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
127Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates  
128Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
129Lars Bak (Den) Team Dimension Data  
130Serge Pauwels (Bel) CCC Team  
131Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
132Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky  
133Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
134Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty-Gobert  
135Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
136Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
137Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
138Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
139Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie  
140Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
141Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:09:08 
142Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates  
143Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
144Harry Tanfield (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin  
145Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
146Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
147Thimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
148Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
149Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
150Marco Mathis (Ger) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
151Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo  
152Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky  
153Rasmus Tiller (Nor) Dimension Data  
154José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
155Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy0:12:30 
DNFJohannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb  
DNFRasmus Iversen (Den) Lotto Soudal  
DNFVegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFLars Boom (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
DNFAlex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFHector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFCallum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
DNFTaylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First  
DNFLuke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
DNFClément Carisey (Fra) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNSAlexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  

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