Nacer Bouhanni wins Nokere Koerse

Frenchman dominates sprint

Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) claimed his first win of 2017 Wednesday at Nokere Koerse-Danilith Classic, easily out-sprinting the bunch on the wide finishing straight in Nokere.

Coming off his team's lead out in perfect position, the French fast man went through the final left-hand turn about 200 metres from the finish in first position and was never challenged as he crossed the line half a dozen bike lengths ahead of Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport) and Joeri Stallaert (Cibel-Cebon).

Bouhanni took his first victory of the season following several top 10s, including two second-place finishes at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.

"I figured I'd start my sprint as soon as I was on the final pavement," he said. "I did not want to get trapped. I went with 300 meters, I did not ask any questions. When I turned in the last few meters, I saw that I had taken a good lead."

Several crashes on the last lap of the race complicated the run to the line, but Blythe said it was nothing out of the ordinary for the sprinters.

"It was hectic sprint," Blythe said. “It was dangerous, but it's like every sprint. Every sprint is dangerous. I just lost a few places with 400 metres to go, and I started sprinting a little bit slow, so I had to make up some places. It's still a good sprint. I finished strong."

Blythe said he punctured on the last lap but was able to regain the bunch with enough time to contest the finish.

"I punctured with I think 8km to go maybe, but that's just racing," he said. "It would have still been the same result, maybe a little better if I had better positioning, but it didn't really take anything away from my legs."

How it unfolded

A breakaway of seven riders that included Ole Forfang (Team Joker Icopal), Ludwig de Winter (WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect), Kenneth VanRooy (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Hamish Schreurs (Cycling Academy), Floris De Tier (LottoNL-Jumbo), Gaetan Bille (Vérandas Willems-Crelan) and Elmar Reinders (Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij) jumped away early to provide the day's carrot for the chasing peloton.

Cooperation in the group drove the gap above two minutes, but the peloton had its mind set on a sprint, and the leaders were never given much leeway.

The peloton made the catch with 23km to go, and counter attacks formed a new group off the front that included De Tier, Sean de Bie (Lotto Soudal) and Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin).

The new leaders were soon joined by another half dozen riders, and attacks quickly started to shred the front of the race. It was all back together as the peloton took the bell for the final 15.6km lap.

Team Joker Icopal took control of the front in hopes of setting up the sprint for U23 world champion Kristoffer Halvorsen, but a crash in the middle of the field with about 10km to go momentarily interrupted the procession. A second crash on the narrow Belgian roads with 6km to go caused more disruption.

BMC's Floris Gerts took advantage of the confusion to launch a solo attack, gaining a slight advantage over the peloton as a rider from Cibel-Cebon bridged to the BMC rider briefly but couldn't maintain contact.

BMC threw another late bomb into the mix, with Silvan Dillier jumping away next. Dillier's move was also short-lived as the peloton drilled the pace anticipating a large bunch sprint.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4:07:31 
2Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
3Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
4Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb  
5Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
6Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
7Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
8Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
9Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
10Mathias De Witte (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
11František Sisr (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
12Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
13Jarl Salomein (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
14Rob Leemans (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
15Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
16Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
17Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
18Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
19Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
20Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
21Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
22Boris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
23Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
24Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
25Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
26Timothy Stevens (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
27Floris Gerfs (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
28Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
29Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
30Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
31Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
32Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
33Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport  
34Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
35Loïc Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
36Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
37Anders Skaarseth (Nor) Team Joker Icopal  
38Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
39Roy Jans (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
40Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb  
41José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin  
42Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
43Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Tarteletto - Isorex  
44Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
45Arjen Livyns (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
46Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb  
47Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
48Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
49Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
50Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport  
51Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
52Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
53David Boucher (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
54Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
55Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
56Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
57Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
58Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
59Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
60Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
61Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
62Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
63Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
64Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb  
65Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
66Kamil Malecki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:00:17 
67Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
68Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb  
69Michael Cools (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
70Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
71Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
72Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
73Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
74Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
75Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
76Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
77Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
78Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
79Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
80Huub Duyn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
81Gerry Druyts (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
82Michiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
83Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie  
84Seppe Verschuere (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
85Niels De Rooze (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
86Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
87Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy  
88Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:26 
89Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
90Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
91Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
92Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
93Vegard Breen (Nor) Team Joker Icopal  
94Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
95Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:29 
96Robby Cobbaert (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
97Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect0:00:32 
98Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
99Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
100Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
101Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb  
102Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
103Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
104Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Sunweb  
105Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
106Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
107Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:37 
108Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
109Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
110Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:00:40 
111Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
112Stijn Steels (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
113Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:59 
114Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:01 
115Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
116Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:04 
117Kevin Ista (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
118Leigh Howard (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:42 
119Dennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
120Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:48 
121Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
122Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
123Brecht Dhaene (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team0:01:51 
124Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:54 
125Ludwig De Winter (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect0:01:56 
126Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
127Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
128Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
129Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
130Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Cibel - Cebon0:02:00 
131Andrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
132Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
133Ole Forfang (Nor) Team Joker Icopal0:02:09 
134Michael Goolaerts (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
135Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:34 
136Gaetan Bille (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:02:36 
137Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:41 
138Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
139Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:02:44 
140Patryk Stosz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:46 
141Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:55 
142Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:45 
143Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:52 
144Alexander Maes (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
145Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
146Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie0:04:18 
147Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
148Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie0:04:21 
149Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:29 
150Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Katusha-Alpecin  
151Erwann Corbel (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:05:15 
152Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:05:27 
153Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport0:05:35 
154Sander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:07:27 
155Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:07:42 
156Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Team Joker Icopal  
157Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Joker Icopal  
158Adriaan Aas Stien (Nor) Team Joker Icopal  
159Bjorn Tore Hoem (Nor) Team Joker Icopal  
160Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Team Joker Icopal  
161Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:08:19 
162Andrew Leigh (GBr) Tarteletto - Isorex  
163Barry Markus (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
164James Shaw (GBr) Lotto Soudal  
165Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
166Lawrence Naesen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
167Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex0:09:01 
168Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex0:09:29 
DNFStef Van Zummeren (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFLennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFRayane Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFKirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFMarino Kobayashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFYuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFAlex Kirsch (Lux) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFJordi Van Dingenen (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFMichiel Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  

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