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Arnaud Démare again the big favourite for the Brussels Cycling Classic

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Arnaud Démare is the top favourite to be himself, to follow on the roll of honour of the Brussels Cycling Classic (1.BC), the former Paris-Brussels, Saturday, in its sixth edition. The Frenchman of Groupama-FDJ, Monday 27 become, was last year for the third time on the stage. In 2014, he was third after André Greipel and Elia Viviani, in 2016, the second, after Tom Boonen.

The chance that this year again to a bunch sprint is on the Houba de Strooperlaan is immense. The trail is almost a blueprint of last year. Only the last slope, the Menisberg, is replaced by the away Sollenberg. That last climb, of which there are thirteen in total, is 39 kilometers from the finish. Started at 11.30 am from the Brussels parc du Cinquantenaire. From there it goes via Tervuren to the Vossemberg, the first slope of the day after a 14 kilometres course. This is followed by some difficult climbs, as slot the Chaussée d’Alsemberg, the Alsemberg, the Brown Pit, the Krabbos and the last so the Sollenberg.

Démare is the only ex-winner at the start. The German André Greipel, winner in 2013 and 2014, and the Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen, winner in 2015 are not there. The Slovenian Marko Kump, last year’s second, is not of the party. Fast men Démare Friday, however, the victory able to keep his Fabio Jakobsen, Pascal Ackermann, Alexander Kristoff, John Degenkolb, Magnus Cort Nielsen, Jasper Stuyven, Timothy Dupont, Rudy Barbier, Christophe Laporte, Jens Debusschere, Riccardo Minali, Thomas Boudat and Kenny Dehaes.

With Groupama-FDJ, AG2R-La Mondiale, Astana, UAE, Emirates, BORA – hansgrohe, Pull-Segafredo, Quick-Step Floors and Lotto Soudal signs eight WorldTeams present in the Brussels Cinquantenaire park for the trip of 201,4 km to the Houba de Strooperlaan, where the finish in the shadow of the King baudouin stadium is located.

List of participants:

Groupama-FDJ (Fra):

1. Arnaud Démare (Fra); 2. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita); 3. Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor); 4. Ignatas Konovalovas (Lit); 5. Olivier Le Gac (Fra); 6. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned); 7. William Bonnet (Fra)

AG2R-La Mondiale (Fra):

11. Oliver Naesen; 12. Rudy Barbier (Fra); 13. Gediminas Bagdonas (Lit); 14. Nico Denz (Ger); 15. Silvan Dillier (Swi); 16. Clement Venturini (Fra); 17. Stijn Vandenbergh

Astana (Kaz):

21. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den); 22. Laurens De Vreese; 23. Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz); 24. Jonas Gregaard (S); 25. Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz); 26. Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz); 27. Riccardo Minali (Ita)

BORA – hansgrohe (Germany):

31. Pascal Ackermann (Ger); 32. Erik Baska (Slk); 33. Peter Kennaugh (GBr); 34. Andreas Schillinger (Ger); 35. Juraj Sagan (Slk); 36. Aleksejs Saramotins (Let); 37. Rüdiger Selig (Ger)

Lotto Soudal (Bel):

41. Jens Debusschere; 42. Lars Ytting Bak (Den); 43. Nikolas Maes; 44. Rémy Mertz; 45. Frederik Frison; 46. Marcel Sieberg (Ger); 47. Enzo Wouters

Quick-Step Floors (Bel):

51. Yves Lampaert; 52. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned); 53. Rémi Cavagna (Fra); 54. Florian Sénéchal (Fra); 55. Mikkel Frölich Honoré (Den); 56. Davide Martinelli (Ita); 57. Barnabas Peak (Hon)

Pull-Segafredo (VSt):

61. John Degenkolb (Ger); 62. Alex Frame (Ur); 63. Ryan Mullen (Ire); 64. Mads Pedersen (Den); 65. Gregory Rast (Swi); 66. Jasper Stuyven; 67. Boy van Poppel (Ned)

UAE Team Emirates (UAE):

71. Alexander Kristoff (Noo); 72. Matteo Bono (Ita); 73. Rui Faria Da Costa (Por); 74. Marco Marcato (Ita); 75. German Tivani Perez (Arg); 76. Oliveiro Troia (Ita); 77. Filippo Ganna (Ita)

Cibel-Cebon (Bel):

81. Dennis Coenen; 82. Michiel Dieleman; 83. Timothy Stevens; 84. Jimmy Janssens; 85. Gianni Marchand; 86. Cedric Raymackers; 87. Lennert Reins

Cofidis (Fra):

91. Christophe Laporte (Fra); 92. Dimitri Claeys; 93. Emmanuel Morin (Fra); 94. Anthony Turgis (Fra); 95. Bert Van Lerberghe; 96. Michael Van Staeyen; 97. Jimmy Turgis (Fra)

Delko-Marseille (Fra):

101. Brenton Jones (Aus); 102. Alexis Guerin (Fra); 103. Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol); 104. Jérémy Leveau (Fra); 105. Evaldas Siskevicius (Lit); 106. Gatis Smukulis (Note); 107. Julien Trarieux (Fra)

Direct Energy (Fra):

111. Thomas Boudat (Fra); 112. Jeremy Cornu (Fra); 113. Damien Gaudin (Fra); 114. Yohann Gene (Fra); 115. Clement Orceau (Fra); 116. Bryan Nauleau (Fra); 117. Simon Sellier (Fra)

Israel APPROX (Isr):

121. Cabin Belonging To Sondre Enger (Nor); 122. Clement Carisey (Fra); 123. Itamar Einhorn (Isr); 124. Benjamin Perry (Can); 126. Hamish Schreurs (Ur); 127. Tyler Williams (VSt)

Nippo-Vini Fantini (Ita):

131. Leonardo Bonifazio (Ita); 132. Joan Bou Company (Spa); 133. Marco Canola (Ita); 135. Juan Lobato (Spa); 136. Simone Ponzi (Ita); 137. Ivan Santaromita (Ita)

Ort: Dutch Lottery (Ned):

141. Wouter Wippert (Ned); 142. Jesper Asselman (Ned); 143. Robbert de Greef (Ned); 144. Nick van der Lijke (Ned); 145. Elmar Reinders (Ned); 146. Oscar Riesebeek (Ned); 147. Brian van Goethem (Ned)

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise (Bel):

151. Amuary Capiot; 152. Aimé De Gendt; 153. Benjamin Declercq; 154. Milan Ments; 155. Edward Planckaert; 156. Thomas Sprengers; 157. Preben Van Hecke

Team Fortuneo-Simsic (Fra):

161. Michael Svendgaard (Den); 162. Brice Feillu (Fra); 164. Sindre Lunke (Nor); 165. Laurent Pichon (Fra); 166. Clement Russo (Fra); 167. Thibault Guernalec (Fra)

Veranda’s Willems-Crelan (Bel):

171. Sean De Bie; 172. Dries De Bondt; 173. Mathias The White; 174. Elias Of Breussegem; 175. Guillaume Seye; 176. Stijn Devolder; 177. Zico Waeytens

Vital Concept (Fra):

181. Bert De Backer; 182. Corentin Ermenault (Fra); 183. Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra); 184. Patrick Müller (Sui); 185. Jérémy Lecrocq (Fra); 186. Kevin Reza (Fra); 187. Quentin Pacher (Fra)

Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Bel):

191. Jérôme Baugnies; 192. Yoann Offredo (Fra); 193. Timothy Dupont; 194. Wesley Kreder (Ned); 195. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck; 196. Kevin Van Melsen; 197. Pieter Vanspeybrouck

WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic (Bel):

201. Kenny Dehaes; 202. Maxime Vantomme; 203. Kevyn Ista; 204. Alex Kirsch (Lux); 205. Christophe Masson (Fra); 206. Dimitri Peyskens; 207. Tom Wirtgen (Lux)

Wilier Triestina (Ita):

211. Filippo Pozzato (Ita); 212. Simone Bevilacqua (Ita); 213. Maxence Moncassin (Fra); 214. Luca Pacioni (Ita); 215. Sebastian Schönberger (Austria); 216. Simone Velasco (Ita); 217. Edoardo Zardini (Ita)

CCC (Pol):

221. Frantisek Sisr (Ch); 222. Pawel Bernas (Pol); 223. Lukasz Owsian (Pol); 224. Kamil Gradek (Pol); 225. Jonas Koch (Ger); 226. Adrian Kurek (Pol); 227. Michal Paluta (Pol)

Development Team Sunweb (Dui):

231. Felix Gall (Oos); 232. Leon Heinschke (Dui); 233. Niklas Märkl (Dui); 234. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned); 235. Alexander Salmon (Dui); 236. Chih Hao Tu (Tai); 237. Jens Vanoverberghe .

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