Stuyven wins Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Kristoff takes bunch sprint for second, Bouhanni third

Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) put in a performance straight out of the Fabian Cancellara playbook, with a commanding win in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Belgian rider, who crashed during Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, marked several key moves, including an attack on the Kwaremont from Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), before launching his own bid for glory inside the final 30 kilometres.

Despite a frantic chase from the peloton, Stuyven never looked in trouble, holding a 30- to 40-second lead throughout the closing stages. Even a testing headwind could not slow the Trek-Segafredo rider.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) won the bunch sprint for third ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) but the day belonged to Stuyven and his Trek-Segafredo team, with Niccolo Bonifazio and Edward Theuns also finishing inside the top ten. Boy van Poppel also played his part. As well as helping to form the early break the Dutch rider kept the move alive once Stuyven and several others bridged across.

On a day that saw both Katusha and Etixx-QuickStep search for revenge after disappointing outings in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, it was Trek’s precise and clinical game-plan that paid off, much to the delight of the management and Fabian Cancellara, who will lead the team during the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix later this spring.

Stuyven was present in each major split inside the final 70 kilometres and when a move that contained Tom Boonen, Greg Van Avermaet, Luke Rowe and the Trek rider appeared to be losing steam, Stuyven attacked with force and gusto.

How it unfolded

The riders at the start of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne were trying to protect themselves against the cold wind at the start next to the hippodrome in sunny Kuurne. David Boucher (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) didn’t hide from the wind and attacked straight from the start. Ten riders joined the former French – now Belgian – rider. They were his teammate Gerry Druyts (Crelan-Vastgoedservice), the duo Berden de Vries and Sjoerd van Ginneken (Roompot-Oranje),Kevin Van Melsen (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Yanto Barker (ONE), Sebastien Turgot (AG2R), Mirko Trosino (Southeast), Boy van Poppel (Trek-Segafredo), Jaap de Man (Team3M) and Romain Cardis (Direct Energie). The group collected a maximum lead of nine minutes in the headwind section, long before the hilly zone.

After the turning point near Ninove, the pace picked up thanks to a tailwind and at the feed zone fast men Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) abandoned the race.

A crash from Michael Delage (FDJ) caused a split in the peloton, putting 50 riders at a distance. For most of them it was game over as the pace remained high. Despite the high speed the only notable action happened on the Oude Kwaremont climb as World Champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) accelerated, with Stuyven marking his move.

The rest of the peloton didn’t allow the duo to gain much distance but no more than 30 riders survived the cut in the peloton. The pace dropped a little towards the Kluisberg and some fast men were able to come back. There were still 78 windy kilometres and three more climbs left to cover. Few riders in this peloton fancied to work on a ten-kilometre-long, straightforward section towards the cobbles of the Varent. As a result a second peloton managed to bridge back up.

The Lotto-Soudal team took the initiative when hitting the last three climbs of the day, between kilometres 62 and 50 in a crosswinds section. They received support from IAM Cycling and created echelons. Caleb Ewan and Kristoff were caught behind but managed to bounce back solo.

On Nokereberg, the last climb of the day, Julien Vermote (Etixx-QuickStep) tried hard to get away. He received the company of Stuyven, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Sagan, Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal), Dries Devenyns (IAM) and Salvatore Puccio (Sky).

The group quickly caught up with most riders from the lead group, except Trosino, but didn’t get much of a bonus. When riding through Waregem there was only one leader left, riding a handful of seconds ahead of an uncontrolled peloton.

A few new accelerations followed with Stuyven tearing the peloton apart. Trosino was caught at 39 kilometres from the finish. At that point the peloton was split into several groups, all battling the crosswinds. Ewan, Bouhanni and Debusschere were among the riders at the back of the race. Still, there was no organization in front with new attacks as a result.

The winning move is made

Eventually a large group rode away, building a 40-second lead on the peloton. The group featured former leaders Trosino and De Vries, Saturday’s winner Van Avermaet, Boonen and Vermote for Etixx-QuickStep, Stuyven, Boy van Poppel (Trek-Segafredo), Pim Ligthart (Lotto-Soudal), Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-GreenEdge), Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortuneo-Vital Concept), Olivier Naesen (IAM), Luke Rowe (Sky), Tom Stamsnijder (Giant-Alpecin), Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie) and Twan Castelijns (LottoNL-Jumbo).

In the peloton, Stig Broeckx (Lotto-Soudal) suddenly found himself on the ground after being hit by a medical motorbike. The rider was immediately taken to hospital for scans.

Back in the race, Lotto-Soudal were still working hard in the peloton to bring the leaders back. They received support from the Katusha team, while the co-operation in front wasn’t great with Boonen often neutralizing the attacks. Just before hitting the final lap Stuyven blasted away.

The Belgian rider quickly established a lead of 16 seconds on the first group, while the peloton was 34 seconds back on Stuyven.

When blasting through the streets of Kortrijk with 10 kilometres to go Stuyven had a lead of half a minute on a small first group with Boonen, Vermote, Rowe, Ligthart, Naesen and Van Avermaet. The peloton was 43 seconds down on Stuyven and despite a late rally, and Stuyven almost crashing on a left hand corner, the Belgian had enough to take the win. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo4:53:50 
2Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha0:00:17 
3Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
4Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
5Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
6Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
7Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
8Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
9Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling  
10Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18  
11Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ  
12Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
13Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
14Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
15Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
16Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
17Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
18Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
19Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
20Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
21Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
22Gerry Druyts (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
23Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
24Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:21 
25Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Southeast - Venezuela  
26Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
27Laurent Evrard (Bel) Team 3M  
28Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
29Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
30Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
31Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
32Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
33Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
34Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
35Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
36Matteo Busato (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela  
37Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
38Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
39Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
40Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo  
41Piotr Havik (Ned) Team 3M  
42Ralf Matzka (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
43Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin  
44Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
45Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie  
46Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
47Yanto Barker (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
48Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
49Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky0:00:30 
50Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
51Jaap De Man (Ned) Team 3M  
52Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
53Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step  
54Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin  
55Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
56Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:33 
57Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
58Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie0:00:35 
59Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
60Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
61Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:37 
62Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
63Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:39 
64Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
65Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
66Michel Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:00:42 
67Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling  
68Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
69Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:44 
70Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:47 
71Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
72Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
73Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
74Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
75Mirko Trosino (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela  
76Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling  
77Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling  
78Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
79Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
80Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling0:00:58 
81Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:00 
82Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:08 
83Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha0:01:40 
84Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:01:58 
85Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
86Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
87Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:02:54 
88Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:15 
89Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:03:55 
90Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
91Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
92Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha  
93Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha  
94Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:06:47 
95Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge0:07:30 
96Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge  
97Alexander Edmonson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFDaniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff Team  
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff Team  
DNFMaciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff Team  
DNFNikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Team  
DNFJay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff Team  
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff Team  
DNFElia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky  
DNFAlex Peters (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFGreg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal  
DNFStig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFVladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFMichael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha  
DNFSven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha  
DNFGuillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFSondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling  
DNFRoger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling  
DNFMatteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling  
DNFMickael Delage (Fra) FDJ  
DNFMarc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ  
DNFMatthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
DNFDaniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ  
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
DNFIgnatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ  
DNFChristopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFFloris Gerfs (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
DNFNico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFJesse Sergent (NZl) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFBram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
DNFRobert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
DNFGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFSøren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFNikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela  
DNFManuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela  
DNFAndrea Fedi (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela  
DNFMirko Tedeschi (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela  
DNFEnrique Sanz (Spa) Southeast - Venezuela  
DNFShane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFSam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFZakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFLukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFRudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFRoy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFKenny De Haes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFTom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFMark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFRobin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFFrederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFYauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFFranck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFDaniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFBoris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFBenoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFVegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFPreben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFAmaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFMaxime Farazijn (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFKenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFBorut Bozic (Slo) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFJerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFGert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFJonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFTony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJulien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFIuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFEduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFYuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFNicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFRiccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFAntonio Viola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFJesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
DNFWesley Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
DNFAndré Looij (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
DNFBrian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
DNFMarcin Bialoblocki (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling  
DNFSebastian Lander (Den) ONE Pro Cycling  
DNFHayden Mccormick (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
DNFMartin Mortensen (Den) ONE Pro Cycling  
DNFChris Opie (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
DNFSamuel Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
DNFSteele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling  
DNFDavid Boucher (Fra) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFYannick Eijssen (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFRob Ruijgh (Ned) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFFrederique Robert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFAlexander Geuens (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFEdwig Cammaerts (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFMichael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M  
DNFYoeri Havik (Ned) Team 3M  
DNFChristophe Sleurs (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFJimmy Janssens (Bel) Team 3M  
DNSChristian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
DNSRick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
DNSKenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNSTim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  

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