Groenewegen wins Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne

Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) continued his winning start to the season with a victory at the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne. Groenewegen came from behind, up the right side of the road, to beat Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in De Panne.

Groenewegen bided his time further down the bunch as Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck-QuickStep) led out Viviani. The Italian champion was the first to launch his sprint with around 200 metres to go. Meanwhile, Groenewegen stayed rooted to Gaviria's wheel as the Colombian charged through on the right.

With 100 metres to go, Groenewegen moved out of Gaviria's slipstream and held his nerve to squeeze through the barely big enough gap between Gaviria and the barriers. Groenewegen did not hold back and by the time he reached the line he had time to look back at his rivals and see the devastation he'd left in his wake.

The win is Groenewegen's fifth of the season so far, pushing him one clear of sprint rivals Viviani and Sam Bennett. Groenewegen will now head to Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday in the hope that he can capitalise on his form. The Dutchman is not making any bold predictions about his chances at the weekend.

"I think this race is actually a little bit easier than Gent-Wevelgem, Gent-Wevelgem is a really hard race for me and maybe we can go for that in the coming years. We have a strong team for Sunday and we will do our best," he said.

How it happened

After a brief sojourn to Italy, the Belgian Classics resumed with the one-day Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne. With just a few climbs to speak of, the 200-kilometre race attracted a star-studded list of sprinters looking for success – helped by its new WorldTour status.

The race's proximity to the coast made crosswinds a constant threat, and teams would need to pay attention all day.

A fast start to the day made it difficult for a breakaway to get clear but a six-man move did eventually get off the front of the peloton in the opening 20 kilometres. Movistar's Jasha Sütterlin initiated the attack and was eventually joined by Stan Dewulf (Lotto Soudal), Jimmy Janssens (Corendon Circus), Senne Leysen (Roompot Charles), Adrien Garel (Vital Concept - B&B Hotels) and Mathijs Paasschens (Wallonie-Bruxelles). Jordi Warlop (Sport Vlaanderen) tried to join the party but was shown the door before he could get over the threshold.

Behind, the sprint teams would take it, in turn, to set the pace in the peloton and they kept the six-man breakaway at a palatable distance. They were allowed no more than five minutes as the bunch sought to ensure a bunch gallop at the end of the day.

As the race hit the Kemmelberg with 120 kilometres remaining, the peloton broke up with Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin), Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma) and Lukas Postlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) going off the front.

The quality of the attack meant that the peloton could not allow them any space out front and several teams set to work to bring them back. The five managed to gain over a minute on the peloton and stayed out front for around 50 kilometres before they were finally absorbed. There must have been plenty of concerned voices over the team radio, but the peloton could breathe easy – for the time being at least.

The teams continued to share pacing duties, and as the leaders crossed the finish line to begin the final lap, the gap had been reduced to just one minute.

Though the wind swept across the peloton throughout the stage, echelons never seemed like they would break up the peloton. They didn't need to, with plentiful crashes wreaking havoc on the bunch. The original three-day race might be gone, but there were times that it appeared its chaotic nature had crammed itself into the single day.

The biggest incident came with 11 kilometres to go as the bunch closed in on the breakaway, which had only a few seconds in hand on the peloton. As the race reached a pinch point, Zak Dempster (Israel Cycling Academy) clipped a metal barrier, flipping him off his bike and onto the grass. There was little room for the other riders to avoid him and many more went down, including pre-race favourite Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The stricken riders were spread across half the road and much of the peloton was caught behind it. Nevertheless, the reduced peloton plugged on and caught the breakaway soon after. As the race approached the finale in De Panne, Deceuninck-QuickStep and CCC Team cranked up the pace to a level high enough to eliminate any late break attempts. Though Ackermann had been eliminated from the running, most of the big sprint contenders had made it through to the leading group.

Deceuninck-QuickStep assumed control in the final kilometre with Morkov taking up the role as the final man for Viviani in the Belgian team's sprint train. Deceuninck-QuickStep have been the team to beat all spring, particularly with the defending champion in their line-up, but this was one that they could not conquer.

Groenewegen kept calm and collected, following Gavira through the melee of sprinters and charging through the small gap to the barriers that he'd left open. Once he'd made it through the gap, there was no stopping Groenewegen as he stormed to the win with relative ease.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma4:36:32
2Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 1 - Cell 2
3Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 2 - Cell 2
4Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 3 - Cell 2
5Justin Jules (Fra) Wallonie BruxellesRow 4 - Cell 2
6Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team SkyRow 5 - Cell 2
7Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 6 - Cell 2
8Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-ScottRow 7 - Cell 2
9Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension DataRow 8 - Cell 2
10Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Cees Bol (Ned) Team SunwebRow 10 - Cell 2
12Boy van Poppel (Ned) Roompot-CharlesRow 11 - Cell 2
13Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-GobertRow 12 - Cell 2
14Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 13 - Cell 2
15Roy Jans (Bel) Corendon-CircusRow 14 - Cell 2
16Aksel Nõmmela (Est) Wallonie BruxellesRow 15 - Cell 2
17Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 16 - Cell 2
18Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 17 - Cell 2
19Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 18 - Cell 2
20Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Roompot-CharlesRow 20 - Cell 2
22Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 21 - Cell 2
23Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team SunwebRow 22 - Cell 2
24Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 24 - Cell 2
26Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 25 - Cell 2
27Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team0:00:04
28Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:06
29Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 28 - Cell 2
30Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 29 - Cell 2
31Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:09
33Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 32 - Cell 2
34Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:00:10
35Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Team0:00:11
36Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:00:19
37Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 36 - Cell 2
38Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team Sky0:00:24
39Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:25
40Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:27
41Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:29
42Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:00:33
43Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) CCC TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:00:38
47Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-AlpecinRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:00:56
49Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:04
50Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 49 - Cell 2
51Adam Blythe (GBr) Lotto Soudal0:01:05
52Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 51 - Cell 2
53Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:11
54Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:18
55Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:01:33
56Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 56 - Cell 2
58Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 57 - Cell 2
59Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 58 - Cell 2
60Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 59 - Cell 2
61Logan Owen (USA) EF Education FirstRow 60 - Cell 2
62Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 63 - Cell 2
65Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 64 - Cell 2
66Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:01:37
67Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 66 - Cell 2
68Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:41
69Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:53
70Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education FirstRow 69 - Cell 2
71Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:01
72Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 71 - Cell 2
73Pawel Bernas (Pol) CCC Team0:02:04
74Dries De Bondt (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:02:30
75Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:02:33
76Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 75 - Cell 2
77Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 76 - Cell 2
78Simon Sellier (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 77 - Cell 2
79Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Katusha-AlpecinRow 78 - Cell 2
80Stijn Devolder (Bel) Corendon-CircusRow 79 - Cell 2
81Justin Timmermans (Ned) Roompot-CharlesRow 80 - Cell 2
82Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 83 - Cell 2
85Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 85 - Cell 2
87Florian Stork (Ger) Team SunwebRow 86 - Cell 2
88Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension DataRow 89 - Cell 2
91Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 90 - Cell 2
92Senne Leysen (Bel) Roompot-CharlesRow 91 - Cell 2
93Adrien Garel (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 92 - Cell 2
94Zico Waeytens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 93 - Cell 2
95Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Corendon-CircusRow 94 - Cell 2
96Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 95 - Cell 2
97Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 96 - Cell 2
98Franklin Six (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 97 - Cell 2
99Mathijs Paasschens (Ned) Wallonie BruxellesRow 98 - Cell 2
100Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 99 - Cell 2
101Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 100 - Cell 2
102Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 102 - Cell 2
104Robbe Ghys (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 103 - Cell 2
105Sasha Weemaes (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 104 - Cell 2
106Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 105 - Cell 2
107Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education FirstRow 106 - Cell 2
108Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education FirstRow 107 - Cell 2
109Edoardo Affini (Ita) Mitchelton-ScottRow 108 - Cell 2
110Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:04:55
111Filippo Fortin (Ita) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:16
112Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 111 - Cell 2
113Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 112 - Cell 2
114Stijn Steels (Bel) Roompot-CharlesRow 113 - Cell 2
115Alfdan De Decker (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 114 - Cell 2
116Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 115 - Cell 2
117Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education FirstRow 116 - Cell 2
118Moreno Hofland (Ned) EF Education FirstRow 117 - Cell 2
119Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 118 - Cell 2
120Maarten van Trijp (Ned) Corendon-Circus0:06:29
121Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 120 - Cell 2
122Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 121 - Cell 2
123Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 122 - Cell 2
124Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 123 - Cell 2
125Tom Wirtgen (Lux) Wallonie BruxellesRow 124 - Cell 2
126Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 125 - Cell 2
127Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team EmiratesRow 126 - Cell 2
128Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 127 - Cell 2
129Lars Bak (Den) Team Dimension DataRow 128 - Cell 2
130Serge Pauwels (Bel) CCC TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team SkyRow 130 - Cell 2
132Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team SkyRow 131 - Cell 2
133Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 132 - Cell 2
134Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty-GobertRow 133 - Cell 2
135Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 134 - Cell 2
136Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 136 - Cell 2
138Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 137 - Cell 2
139Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 138 - Cell 2
140Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-CharlesRow 139 - Cell 2
141Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:09:08
142Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 141 - Cell 2
143Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 142 - Cell 2
144Harry Tanfield (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 143 - Cell 2
145Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 144 - Cell 2
146Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 145 - Cell 2
147Thimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 146 - Cell 2
148Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 147 - Cell 2
149Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 148 - Cell 2
150Marco Mathis (Ger) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 149 - Cell 2
151Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-SegafredoRow 150 - Cell 2
152Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team SkyRow 151 - Cell 2
153Rasmus Tiller (Nor) Dimension DataRow 152 - Cell 2
154José Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy0:12:30
DNFJohannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 155 - Cell 2
DNFRasmus Iversen (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 156 - Cell 2
DNFVegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 157 - Cell 2
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 158 - Cell 2
DNFLars Boom (Ned) Roompot-CharlesRow 159 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Frame (NZl) Trek-SegafredoRow 160 - Cell 2
DNFHector Carretero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 161 - Cell 2
DNFCallum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 162 - Cell 2
DNFTaylor Phinney (USA) EF Education FirstRow 163 - Cell 2
DNFLuke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 164 - Cell 2
DNFClément Carisey (Fra) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 165 - Cell 2
DNSAlexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 166 - Cell 2

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