Danny van Poppel wins Binche-Chimay-Binche

Danny van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert) claimed an emphatic win in Binche-Chimay-Binche, launching a searing attack ahead with some 800 metres to go and opening an unassailable gap to give his team a nice farewell present before moving across to Bora-Hansgrohe in 2022.

Rasmus Tiller (Uno-X) surged to try to reach the Dutch rider on the final ascent but could not match his power and had to settle for second. Alpecin-Fenix rider Lionel Taminiaux also forged clear to complete the podium.

The Deceuninck-Quickstep team, having worked for much of the second half of the race, came up empty handed after Fabio Jakobsen dropped out of the race with two finishing laps to go and Mark Cavendish could not follow the acceleration of Van Poppel across the cobblestones.

The 198.6km 1.1-ranked race saw three riders remain from the early breakaway as the peloton entered the finishing circuits. Jimmy Janssens (Alpecin-Fenix), Ceriel Desal (Bingoal-Pauwels Sauzen WB) and Dries Van Gestel (TotalEnergies) held a slim lead.

With two 16km laps to go, Van Gestel was dropped on the climb but Anthony Turgis followed Kobe Goossens (Lotto Soudal) on a counter-attack and replaced his teammate, making it four riders up front.

Cavendish had to stop for a bike change with 30km to go, but Deceuninck-Quickstep continued controlling the pace, reeling in a move by Alan Riou (Arkéa-Samsic) and Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies) as he made his way back into the peloton.

The breakaway had 38 seconds with 20km to go when Turgis attacked but slid out in a wet bend and crashed out of the move.

Janssens lost contact on the finish climb heading into one lap to go, while Deceuninck-Quickstep brought the gap down to 12 seconds with 16km to go. Goossens was the last rider from the move caught with 14km to go just as Arkéa-Samsic trainee Kévin Vauquelin launched an attack.

The 20-year-old only held a handful of seconds and was caught with 5.8km tog o just before a crash in the field took out two riders, Aaron Van Poucke (Sport Vlaanderen) and Alexis Renard (Israel Start-Up Nation).

More attacks flew on the twisting roads ahead of the final 3km, with Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-Quickstep) making a move and, when Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Alpecin-Fenix) attempted to go off in pursuit, he was marked by none other than Mark Cavendish.

The surge caused splits in the field, with a reduced group making contact with the trio ahead of 2km to go.

Danny van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert) made a big surge inside 1km to go and there was no response. Rasmus Tiller (Uno-X) tried but failed to catch the flying Dutchman but held on for second.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Danny van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 4:44:45
2Rasmus Tiller (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 0:00:03
3Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:00:05
4Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:07
5Stan Dewulf (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
6Christophe Noppe (Bel) Team Arkea-Samsic
7Milan Menten (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
8Daan Hoole (Ned) Seg Racing Academy
9Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
10Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
11Vegard Stokke (Nor) Development Team Dsm
12Luca Mozzato (Ita) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
13Norman Vahtra (Est) Israel Start-up Nation
14Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
15Mark Cavendish (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep
16Alan Riou (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
17Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:13
18Jens Reynders (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
19James Fouche (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling
20Florian Dauphin (Fra) B&B Hotels P/B Ktm
21Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal
22Jos van Emden (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:22
23Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
24Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix Development Team
25Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Team Arkea-Samsic
26Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
27Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal
28Morten Hulgaard (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
29Kévin Vauquelin (Fra) Team Arkea - Samsic 0:00:32
30Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
31Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) TotalEnergies 0:00:34
32Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:00:38
33Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:39
34Julius Johansen (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
35Dries Van Gestel (Bel) TotalEnergies 0:00:41
36Casper Van Uden (Ned) Development Team Dsm
37Dylan Guinet (Fra) Evopro Racing
38Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
39Stan Van Tricht (Bel) Seg Racing Academy
40Bram Welten (Ned) Team Arkea-Samsic
41Rick Pluimers (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Development Team
42Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:00:45
43Remy Mertz (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB 0:00:53
44Jeroen Eyskens (Bel) Evopro Racing 0:00:56
45Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
46Ayco Bastiaens (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix Development Team 0:00:59
47Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:01:08
48Alexander Krieger (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix 0:01:09
49Erik Nordsaeter Resell (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
50Tobias Andresen (Den) Development Team Dsm 0:01:14
51Jonas Koch (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:01:21
52Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation 0:02:12
53Josef Cerny (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep
54Boris Vallee (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB 0:02:31
55Kobe Goossens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:02:48
56Dorian De Maeght (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces Wb 0:04:52
57Ceriel Desal (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces Wb 0:05:41
58Aaron Van Poucke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
59Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:06:32
60Charlie Quarterman (GBr) Trek-Segafredo
61Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) TotalEnergies
62Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
63Niki Terpstra (Ned) TotalEnergies
66Stijn Siemons (Bel) Evopro Racing 0:16:57
67Cyrus Monk (Aus) Evopro Racing
68Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
DNFStijn Steels (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
DNFBoy van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
DNFFabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep
DNFLoïc Vliegen (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
DNFElias Van Breussegem (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex
DNFJulien Van Den Brande (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex
DNFBrent Van De Kerkhove (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex
DNFJacob Relaes (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex
DNFMarius Mayrhofer (Ger) Development Team Dsm
DNFEnzo Wouters (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex
DNFErlend Blikra (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
DNFTim Naberman (Ned) Development Team Dsm
DNFAnthony Jullien (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
DNFHannes Wilksch (Ger) Development Team Dsm
DNFCedric Beullens (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
DNFSébastien Grignard (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFLawrence Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
DNFBob Jungels (Lux) AG2R Citroën Team
DNFJenthe Biermans (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
DNFSep Vanmarcke (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
DNFKamil Malecki (Pol) Lotto Soudal
DNFWard Vanhoof (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
DNFRudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
DNFMartin Urianstad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
DNFMathijs Paasschens (Ned) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
DNFMarkus Pajur (Est) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFAlex Richardson (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix
DNFConn Mc Dunphy (Irl) Evopro Racing
DNFAnthony Turgis (Fra) TotalEnergies
DNFGeoffrey Soupe (Fra) TotalEnergies
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) TotalEnergies
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
DNFBernat Font Mas (Spa) Evopro Racing
DNFKiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
DNFAlexander Kamp (Den) Trek-Segafredo
DNFLeon Heinschke (Ger) Development Team Dsm
DNFJens Debusschere (Bel) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
DNFIan Garrison (USA) Deceuninck-QuickStep
DNFKiaan Watts (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling
DNFAdrien Lagree (Fra) B&B Hotels P/B Ktm
DNFNathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
DNFTimo Roosen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
DNFAaron Gate (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling
DNFQuentin Jauregui (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
DNFTom Sexton (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling
DNFJoshua Kench (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling
DNFSander De Pestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
DNFCampbell Stewart (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling
DNSGil D´Heygere (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex
DNSEmils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
DNSJohan Price Pejtersen (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
DNSMichaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Evopro Racing
DNSKenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
DNSMatis Louvel (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic

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