Dehaes wins GP de Denain

WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic rider outfoxes sprinters

33-year-old Kenny Dehaes powered to victory in the GP de Denain, jumping away from a select group at the end of a weather-shortened 170km race.

Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis) won the sprint for second ahead of Julien Duval (AG2R La Mondiale).

Near-freezing temperatures and rain forced organisers to delay the start for half an hour, and eventually to scrap all but one of the 12 sectors of cobblestones on the route, which was originally slated to be 200.6km long.

Once underway, Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale), Kenneth Vanbilsen (Cofidis), Benjamin Declercq (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Mathias de Witte (Vérandas Willems-Crelan) were the first to attack, but they were reeled in shortly thereafter.

Nine riders then went clear, with most of the teams represented - the group included Romain Seigle (Groupama-FDJ), Gediminas Bagdonas (AG2R La Mondiale), Kamil Gradek (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Geoffrey Soupe (Cofidis), Gatis Smukulis (Delko Marseille-Provence), Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie), Jonas Rickaert (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Franck Bonnamour (Fortuneo-Samsic), Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems-Crelan) and Matthias Legley (Sovac-Natura4Ever).

But the WB Aqua Protect team kept the breakaway close and soon Direct Energie sent reinforcements in Sylvain Chavanel and Adrien Petit across.

By the time the group reached the line for the first time with 93km to go, the peloton pulled them back and a new group escaped, with Chavanel, Duval, Quentin Jauregui (AG2R La Mondiale), Frantisek Sisr (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Delko Marseille-Provence KTM), Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Jimmy Duquennoy (Wb-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic) in the move.

That attack, too, was swallowed up and later another group went clear with 60km to go: Jonas Koch (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise).

This move gained a lead of about a minute before Direct Energie again took up the reins, with Chavanel going on the attack with some 50 remaining, followed by Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert). The pair caught up with the three leaders and forged out a gap of 45 seconds.

But when Chavanel punctured with 36km to go, the energy went out of the move, and it soon was reeled in with one lap to go.

Dehaes was part of a counter-attack that went clear as the peloton splintered in the testing conditions. Despite a late attack from Adrien Petit (Direct Energie) that looked like a winning move, the race came down to a reduced group. But a surprise early move from Dehaes spoiled the sprinters' hopes.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kenny Dehaes (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic4:33:37 
2Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:02 
3Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
4Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
5Bram Welten (Ned) Fortuneo-Samsic  
6Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
7Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport  
8Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
9Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
10Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
11Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
12Wout Van Aert (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
13Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
14Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
15Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
16Andrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
17Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
18Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
19Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
20Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
21Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
22Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
23Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
24Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:08 
25Mark McNally (GBr) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:00:23 
26Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:00:26 
27Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:49 
28Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:02:40 
29Brenton Jones (Aus) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:03:49 
30Pierre Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
31Julien Trarieux (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
32Sergio Torres Jorro (Spa) Tarteletto-Isorex  
33Maxime Daniel (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
34Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
35Pierre Idjouadiene (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
36Polychronis Tzortzakis (Gre) Tarteletto-Isorex  
37Damien Touze (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
38Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
39Michiel Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
40Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
41Tom Dernies (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
42Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
43Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
45Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
46Lukas Spengler (Swi) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
47Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
48Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
49Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
50Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy  
51Abram Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
52Iuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
53Pawel Franczak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
54Flavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
55Robin Stenuit (Bel) Sovac-Natura4Ever  
56Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
57Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
58Jimmy Duquennoy (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
59David Boucher (Fra) Tarteletto-Isorex  
60Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
61Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ  
62Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ  
63Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
64Simon Antonini (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
65Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
66Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
67Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
68Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
69Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
70Brian van Goethem (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
71Stijn Steels (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
72Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
73Frantisek Sisr (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
74Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
75Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
76Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
77Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
78Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
79Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
80Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
81Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:01 
82Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
83Zico Waeytens (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:04:37 
84Jérôme Mainard (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:10:50 
85Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:11:17 
86Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:13:24 
87Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept Club  
DNFBenjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFFranck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFThomas Joly (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFFloris Gerts (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFTim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFAviv Yechezkel (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFDennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFEvgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFRomain Le Roux (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFAlexander Cataford (Can) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFEric Marcotte (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFMathias De Witte (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFAdrien Garel (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFSimon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept Club  
DNFArne De Groote (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFSamuel Leroux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFLander Seynaeve (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFLouis Deguide (Bel) Sovac-Natura4Ever  
DNFMatthias Legley (Bel) Sovac-Natura4Ever  
DNFGuillaume Levarlet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFYoann Paillot (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFKevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFAwet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFMarc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFGuillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFDaniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFBert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept Club  
DNFJulien Stassen (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFFlorian Deriaux (Fra) Sovac-Natura4Ever  
DNFLaurent Evrard (Bel) Sovac-Natura4Ever  
DNFAlexander Geuens (Bel) Sovac-Natura4Ever  
DNFAlo Jakin (Est) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFCamille Thominet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFPawel Bernas (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFMichael Carbel (Den) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFWouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFLéo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFMartijn Budding (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFMichaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFJan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFKamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFBenoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMatthew Brammeier (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFPeter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFCarlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFBruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFConor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFGeoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFSjoerd van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNSGaetan Bille (Bel) Sovac-Natura4Ever  
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