Ackermann wins Brussels Cycling Classic

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) took victory in the 2018 edition of the Brussels Cycling Classic on Saturday, continuing his fine run of late-summer form. 

The German, who has won RideLondon and two stages of the Tour de Pologne since winning his national championships road race in June, triumphed in a bunch sprint that was marred by a heavy crash. 

2017 champion Arnaud Démare, whose FDJ team had joined Bora as the dominant forces on the run-in, was held up - and lucky himself not to crash - as riders from AG2R La Mondiale and Team Sunweb fell hard. 

Ackermann was already sprinting and had a clear run for the line, with Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) finishing a distant second and Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie) third. 

"It was really hard. It was a hilly circuit, not easy, but my team was amazing today - they worked really hard for me and I'm really happy today," said Ackermann. 

"It's my first victory in Belgium and I hope some more will follow."

The 201km route contained no fewer than 13 climbs but, all being short and the final one coming more than 25km from the line, it was always likely to culminate in a bunch sprint. Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) did everything he could to prevent it, sparking an early six-man breakaway with Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal), Jonas Gregaard (Astana), Hamish Schreurs (Israel Cycling Academy), Nike van der Lijke (Roompot), and Tom Wirtgen (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic). 

The opened up a lead of 3:30 before Schreurs was dropped with just over 70km to go, but at that point FDJ were working hard in the peloton and brought the gap down to a minute by the penultimate climb of Krabbos with just under 50km to go. At that point, four riders - Remi Cavagna (Quick-Step Floors), Kamil Gradek (CCC), Thomas Sprengers (Sport Vlaanderen Baloise), and Jimmy Turgis (Cofidis) - attacked and succeeded in making it across to make a front group of eight. 

Despite several attacks, the gap was too tight to entertain any real hopes of success, and Bak was the last to be caught, with the racing coming back together with 10km remaining. At that point, Bora and FDJ took to the front yet the contest between Ackermann and Démare was denied by the late crash, not that it takes anything away from another win for the young German. 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe4:35:12
2Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek - SegafredoRow 1 - Cell 2
3Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:01
4Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick - Step FloorsRow 3 - Cell 2
5Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa OviniRow 4 - Cell 2
6Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling ClubRow 5 - Cell 2
7Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 6 - Cell 2
8Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 7 - Cell 2
9Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 8 - Cell 2
10Jonas Koch (Ger) Ccc Sprandi PolkowiceRow 9 - Cell 2
11Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 10 - Cell 2
12Clement Russo (Fra) Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 11 - Cell 2
13Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 12 - Cell 2
14Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Uae Team EmiratesRow 13 - Cell 2
15Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KtmRow 14 - Cell 2
16Zico Waeytens (Bel) Veranda's Willems - CrelanRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KtmRow 16 - Cell 2
18Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 17 - Cell 2
19Mathias De Witte (Bel) Veranda's Willems - CrelanRow 18 - Cell 2
20Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 19 - Cell 2
21Kevyn Ista (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 20 - Cell 2
22Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 21 - Cell 2
23Simone Velasco (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle ItaliaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Adrian Kurek (Pol) Ccc Sprandi PolkowiceRow 23 - Cell 2
25John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek - SegafredoRow 24 - Cell 2
26Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:08
27Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 26 - Cell 2
28Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Development Team SunwebRow 27 - Cell 2
29Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 28 - Cell 2
30Robbert De Greef (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 29 - Cell 2
31Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 30 - Cell 2
32Nico Denz (Ger) Ag2R La MondialeRow 31 - Cell 2
33Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 32 - Cell 2
34Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro Team0:00:11
36Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek - Segafredo0:00:13
37Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Ag2R La MondialeRow 36 - Cell 2
38Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 37 - Cell 2
39Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Uae Team EmiratesRow 38 - Cell 2
40Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 39 - Cell 2
41Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick - Step Floors0:00:15
42Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 42 - Cell 2
44Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 43 - Cell 2
45Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia0:00:19
46Cedric Raymackers (Bel) Cibel - CebonRow 45 - Cell 2
47Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:22
48Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel - Cebon0:00:27
49Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 48 - Cell 2
50Lennert Teugels (Bel) Cibel - CebonRow 49 - Cell 2
51Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling ClubRow 50 - Cell 2
52Christophe Masson (Fra) Wb Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 51 - Cell 2
53Patrick Müller (Swi) Vital Concept Cycling ClubRow 52 - Cell 2
54Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Team WaooRow 53 - Cell 2
55Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Bora - HansgroheRow 54 - Cell 2
56Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Lukasz Owsian (Pol) Ccc Sprandi PolkowiceRow 56 - Cell 2
58Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora - HansgroheRow 57 - Cell 2
59Michal Paluta (Pol) Ccc Sprandi PolkowiceRow 58 - Cell 2
60Barnabás Peák (Hun) Quick - Step FloorsRow 59 - Cell 2
61Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 60 - Cell 2
62Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KtmRow 61 - Cell 2
63Frantisek Sisr (Cze) Ccc Sprandi PolkowiceRow 62 - Cell 2
64Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems - CrelanRow 63 - Cell 2
65Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 64 - Cell 2
66Pawel Bernas (Pol) Ccc Sprandi PolkowiceRow 65 - Cell 2
67Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 66 - Cell 2
68Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora - HansgroheRow 67 - Cell 2
69German Nicolas Tivani Perez (Arg) Trevigiani Phonix - Hemus 1896Row 68 - Cell 2
70Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) Ag2R La MondialeRow 69 - Cell 2
71Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama - FdjRow 70 - Cell 2
72Oliver Naesen (Bel) Ag2R La MondialeRow 71 - Cell 2
73Leonardo Bonifazio (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa OviniRow 72 - Cell 2
74Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Cibel - CebonRow 73 - Cell 2
75Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama - FdjRow 74 - Cell 2
76Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama - Fdj0:00:36
78Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama - FdjRow 77 - Cell 2
79Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 78 - Cell 2
80Corentin Ermenault (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling ClubRow 79 - Cell 2
81Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 80 - Cell 2
82Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 81 - Cell 2
83Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 82 - Cell 2
84Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems - CrelanRow 83 - Cell 2
85Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:39
86Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 85 - Cell 2
87Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora - HansgroheRow 86 - Cell 2
88Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 87 - Cell 2
89Simon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:48
90Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 89 - Cell 2
91Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama - FdjRow 90 - Cell 2
92Simone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa OviniRow 91 - Cell 2
93Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa OviniRow 92 - Cell 2
94Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick - Step FloorsRow 93 - Cell 2
95Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 94 - Cell 2
96Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 95 - Cell 2
97Alex Kirsch (Lux) Wb Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 96 - Cell 2
98Silvan Dillier (Swi) Ag2R La MondialeRow 97 - Cell 2
99Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek - SegafredoRow 98 - Cell 2
100Matteo Bono (Ita) Uae Team Emirates0:01:24
101Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick - Step Floors0:01:30
102Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 101 - Cell 2
103Lars Bak Ytting (Den) Lotto Soudal0:02:00
104Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems - CrelanRow 103 - Cell 2
105Dennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel - CebonRow 104 - Cell 2
106Michiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel - CebonRow 105 - Cell 2
107Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 106 - Cell 2
108Marco Marcato (Ita) Uae Team Emirates0:03:17
109Leon Heinschke (Ger) Development Team Sunweb0:03:19
110Clément Carisey (Fra) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 109 - Cell 2
111Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick - Step FloorsRow 110 - Cell 2
112Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama - FdjRow 111 - Cell 2
113Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:35
114Brenton Jones (Aus) Delko Marseille Provence KtmRow 113 - Cell 2
115Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol) Delko Marseille Provence KtmRow 114 - Cell 2
116Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 115 - Cell 2
117Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle ItaliaRow 116 - Cell 2
118Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama - FdjRow 117 - Cell 2
119Jonas Gregaard Wilsly (Den) Riwal Ceramicspeed Cycling Team0:05:20
120Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:05:30
121Oliviero Troia (Ita) Uae Team EmiratesRow 120 - Cell 2
122Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 121 - Cell 2
123Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 122 - Cell 2
124Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek - SegafredoRow 123 - Cell 2
125Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 124 - Cell 2
126Joan Bou Company (Spa) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa OviniRow 125 - Cell 2
127Itamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 126 - Cell 2
128Felix Gall (Aut) Development Team SunwebRow 127 - Cell 2
129Kamil Gradek (Pol) Ccc Sprandi PolkowiceRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFHamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Trarieux (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KtmRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFTimothy Stevens (Bel) Cibel - CebonRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFMarco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa OviniRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFBryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFClement Orceau (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Guerin (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KtmRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFFilippo Ganna (Ita) Uae Team EmiratesRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora - HansgroheRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFErik Baska (Svk) Bora - HansgroheRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFYevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFClement Venturini (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFRudy Barbier (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Frame (NZl) Trek - SegafredoRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFMads Pedersen (Den) Trek - SegafredoRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFLuca Pacioni (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle ItaliaRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFMaxence Moncassin (Fra) Wilier Triestina - Selle ItaliaRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFSimone Bevilacqua (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle ItaliaRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle ItaliaRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFBert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept Cycling ClubRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFPieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 150 - Cell 2
DNFJesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 151 - Cell 2
DNFChristophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 152 - Cell 2
DNFQuentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling ClubRow 153 - Cell 2
DNFJérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling ClubRow 154 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 155 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Seye (Bel) Veranda's Willems - CrelanRow 156 - Cell 2
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Veranda's Willems - CrelanRow 157 - Cell 2
DNFThibault Guernalec (Fra) Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 158 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 159 - Cell 2
DNFNiklas Märkl (Ger) Development Team SunwebRow 160 - Cell 2
DNFMartin Alexander Salmon (Ger) Development Team SunwebRow 161 - Cell 2
DNFSergio Tu (Tpe) Development Team SunwebRow 162 - Cell 2
DNFJens Vanoverberghe (Bel) Development Team SunwebRow 163 - Cell 2
DNFTom Wirtgen (Lux) Ago - Aqua ServiceRow 164 - Cell 2

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