Raim wins Great War Remembrance Race

Bernas second, Van Hecke third

Mihkel Raim (Israel Cycling Academy) won the inaugural edition of the Great War Remembrance Race on Friday, triumphing in a three-up sprint in Ypres after a day of racing across West Flanders. Pawel Bernas (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) led out the final sprint but was powerless when the Estonian champion came off his wheel, while Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) could barely muster a sprint as he settled for third place.

The all-new one-day race was established to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, and passed by some of the sites of conflict around Ypres, including a trip past the Christmas Truce memorial. The 193km route had echoes of Gent-Wevelgem, as it took in two sectors of cobblestones, three sections of gravel ‘plugstreets’, and the Kemmelberg climb ahead of a 30km run-in to Ypres.

Gent-Wevelgem is also characterised by the wind that blows north of Ypres and, following a rapid opening hour in which a break failed to form, the race was duly blown apart after 60km. When the dust settled there were four groups on the road, and Quick-Step Floors - one of four WorldTour teams at the race alongside BMC Racing, Sunweb, and Lotto Soudal - had three riders in Yves Lampaert, Fabio Jakobsen, and Fernando Gaviria in a front group of 19. BMC and Lotto Soudal also had two each - Michael Schar and Nathan Van Hooydonck for the former, Moreno Hofland and Frederik Frison for the latter - while Sunweb missed the move completely.

Quick-Step, all-conquering in 2018, seemed to hold the upper hand, but Gaviria dropped away from the break, stretching his back, after the three plugstreet sectors with 50km to go. Then on the Kemmelberg - tackled in the opposite direction to Gent-Wevelgem - Jakobsen was dropped, and although he made it back on, the chinks in the armour were obvious.

In the end, Bernas, who had led solo over the Kemmelberg only to crash on the descent, rolled the dice again in a move with Raim and Van Hecke with 10km to go. Thanks to disorganization in the chase group behind, they took their lead all the way to the line. In particular, Lampaert and the BMC riders attacked each other in turn before swinging over, with no one willing to blunt their own chances in committing to the cause.

Bernas accelerated in the final kilometre but couldn’t shake his companions, and Raim then took up the perfect position on the wheel, ready to pounce in the final 100 metres.

“I can’t really describe it because the last two weeks I haven’t felt good on the bike, I haven’t felt myself. I was really struggling in the last races and today also,” Raim said.

“I punctured on first cobbled sector and I was sure it was game over but I kept pushing and somehow I ended up in the front. I was really waiting for finish to just get the race over. I made right decisions and I don’t know how, but I won the race.”

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel-Cycling Academy4:18:25 
2Pawel Bernas (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice0:00:04 
3Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
4Jan Willem Van Schip (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:00:10 
5Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:13 
6Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick-Step Floors  
7Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
8Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
9Michael Schär (Swi) Bmc Racing Team  
10Zico Waeytens (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:00:16 
11Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service0:00:17 
12Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:00:19 
13Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors  
14Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
15Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
16Edward Theuns (Bel) Team Sunweb  
17Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
18Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
19Floris Gerts (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
20Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
21Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
22Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Team Wiggins  
23Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel-Cycling Academy  
24Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
25Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Bmc Racing Team0:00:25 
26Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors  
27Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:34 
28Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Bmc Racing Team0:00:51 
29Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Madison Genesis0:00:56 
30Louis Verhelst (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex0:00:57 
31Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
32James Fouche (NZl) Team Wiggins0:01:12 
33Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:01:23 
34Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
35Jannik Steimle (Ger) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
36Jasper De Laat (Ned) Metec - Tkh Continental Cyclingteam P/B Mantel  
37Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
38Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
39Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
40Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Team Coop  
41Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel-Cycling Academy  
42Guillaume Seye (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
43Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis  
44Corentin Navarro (Fra) Team Wiggins  
45Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
46Kamil Gradek (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
47Michal Paluta (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
48Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
49Gustav Höög (Swe) Team Coop  
50Michiel Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
51Julien Stassen (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
52Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
53Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
54Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
55Jonas Koch (Ger) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
56Mathias De Witte (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:02:31 
57Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:31 
58Miles Scotson (Aus) Bmc Racing Team0:04:43 
59David Boucher (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex0:05:00 
60Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:15 
61Olav Hjemsæter (Nor) Team Coop  
62Alfdan De Decker (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
63Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:08:30 
64Itamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel-Cycling Academy0:09:33 
65Andrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
66Tom Van Vuchelen (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
67Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) Quick-Step Floors  
68Campbell Stewart (NZl) Team Wiggins  
69Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport  
70Stan Godrie (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
71Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
72Marko Kump (Slo) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFStijn De Bock (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFArthur Baude (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
DNFGordon De Winter (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
DNFAnthony Debuy (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
DNFJérémy Frehen (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
DNFLaurenz Rex (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
DNFVictor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFFranklin Six (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFRobby Cobbaert (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFKenny Molly (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
DNFJohannes De Paepe (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFFrantisek Sisr (Cze) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFTimothy Stevens (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFLennert Teugels (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFWim Reynaerts (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFRichard Handley (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFPawel Franczak (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFTobyn Horton (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFCyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFSondre Enger (Nor) Israel-Cycling Academy  
DNFMaxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFWouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFJesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFYoann Bagot (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFErwann Corbel (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFDaniel Turek (Cze) Israel-Cycling Academy  
DNFGaetan Lemoine (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFEmmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFClément Carisey (Fra) Israel-Cycling Academy  
DNFRobert Scott (GBr) Team Wiggins  
DNFClement Orceau (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFMark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFSimon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFAxel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJimmy Duquennoy (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFAlex Kirsch (Lux) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFAnders Skaarseth (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team  
DNFJustin Mottier (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFLennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFRemy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFJoeri Stallaert (Bel) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
DNFManuel Bosch (Aut) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
DNFGian Friesecke (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
DNFLukas Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
DNFRoland Thalmann (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
DNFDominik Amann (Aut) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
DNFJasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFJonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFDries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFJoakim Kjemhus (Nor) Team Coop  
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFOliver Robinson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
DNFJesse Yates (GBr) Team Wiggins  
DNFChristopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb  
DNFChad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb  
DNFAlexander Evans (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane  
DNFSimon Gerrans (Aus) Bmc Racing Team  
DNFDavide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFLouis Vervaeke (Bel) Team Sunweb  
DNFNiels De Rooze (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFFlorian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFTaylor Karl Gunman (NZl) Madison Genesis  
DNFGuillaume Haag (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFMax Emil Boholm Kørner (Nor) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFRoss Lamb (GBr) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFAdam Lewis (GBr) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFArthur Pagnaer (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFEdward Walsh (Can) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFLouis Bendixen (Den) Team Coop  
DNFLasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFFredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Coop  
DNFConor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFYlber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFRob Ruijgh (Ned) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFPolychronis Tzortzakis (Gre) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFJon-Anders Bekken (Nor) Team Coop  
DNFJens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFGeorge Pym (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFAndreas Andersson (Swe) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNSMaxime Vantomme (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
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