Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne 2022 - Race Preview

KUURNE BELGIUM MARCH 01 Podium Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy and Team NTT Pro Cycling Kasper Asgreen of Denmark and Team DeceuninckQuickstep Alexander Kristoff of Norway and UAE Team Emirates Celebration Miss Hostess Legs Beer Donkey Trophy Champagne Detail view during the 72nd KuurneBrusselKuurne 2020 a 201km race from Kuurne to Kuurne KBK20 KuurneBxlKuurne KBK on March 01 2020 in Kuurne Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
The winner of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne receives a toy donkey (Image credit: Getty Images)

Head to the website of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne and you'd be hard pressed to work out who won last year's edition. Julien Vermote hangs from the ceiling of a mechanic's workshop in the race's promo poster shoot, but all references to the previous edition of the race point not to Mads Pedersen but to Mathieu van der Poel

Pedersen won the 2021 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne in a bunch sprint, but the organisers would rather you remember it for Van der Poel's audacious long-range roll of the dice that saw him attack with 85km and nearly take it to the finish.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.

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