The opening weekend continues without a Belgian winner. Also in Kuurne had our countrymen to be defeated against the Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen in the expected sprint the cloth to his side.
The 70-year-old Roger De Vlaeminck if the starting gun for the seventieth edition of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The presence of the former wielericoon inspired of the bunch, not to a grand spectacle. The cold and a nasty east wind were the main spoil-sports. In the time of Roger it would not do anything means the cold. But now, in 2018, of course. However, the reason there after a good hour’s price of seven escapees away. Most striking name: Kenneth Vanbilsen made for the second day in a row as part of the flight. But, like yesterday, saw Vanbilsen also this time that the peloton, the escapees had little to no space allowed. At the cutting of the hill section were the escapees for the effort.
As always, had the Kwaremont on eighty miles of the line for any traces of worry. Lampaert (Quick Step) pulled firmly and was slicing twenty other riders: Van Avermaet, Vanmarcke, Benoot… The better Belgians had not missed, only Oliver Naesen remained in the background behind.
But 21 leaders is much, too much. Astana put himself at the head of the peloton and then after the Nokereberg front Stuyven and Oss drove away, the rest of the group already for the effort.
The front reed would also Oss leak so Stuyven there with still more than thirty kilometers alone. An impossible task for the winner of 2016. The peloton, with sprinters such as Colbrelli, Groenewegen and Demare – loved the leader of Pull-Segafredo within range. Quick Step had both Gaviria (insufficient recovered by val) as Richeze (flat tire) are lost. An acceleration of Lotto-Soudal sealed the fate of Stuyven and caused panic in the peloton. At the start of the last local round everything fell to dressing. Lotto-Soudal continued to check in the service of Jens Debusschere.
The peloton did not commit, despite late attempts of Guillaume Vankeirsbulck and Julien Vermote, so the race to an inevitable sprint heading. Vermote about the longest, but was in the last meters swamped by a rogue platoon in which Dylan Groenewegen flawlessly to his first classic victory dashed off. The winner of the last Touretappe on the Champs Elysées took the for the Frenchman Demare and the Italian Colbrelli.