Benoot savours comeback Kuurne win seven months after neck fracture

Kuurne Bruxelles Kuurne 202Tiesj Benoot (Jumbo-Visma) celebrates his first win in almost three years at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne3 75th Edition Kuurne Kuurne 1931 km 26022023 Tiesj Benoot BEL Jumbo Visma photo Nico VereeckenPNSprintCyclingAgency2023
Tiesj Benoot (Jumbo-Visma) celebrates his first win in almost three years at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (Image credit: Nico VereeckenPNSprintCyclingAgency2023)

For Tiesj Benoot, his victory at Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne was more than a late move to cap off what was a dominant Opening Weekend for his Jumbo-Visma team, but the culmination of a comeback from a serious injury that had him doubting whether he'd ever race again.

Just under seven months ago, the Belgian all-rounder was hit by a driver while out training near Livigno in the Italian Alps, suffering a neck fracture in the process and immediately ending his 2022 season.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix