Cobbled racing continued today at Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, with the route taking on its traditional snaking parcours around the Belgian countryside. Early into the race a break of six riders was able to establish itself out front, with the peloton and all Team DSM riders settling into a rhythm as the kilometres ticked by.
A strong attacking duo broke clear at 85 kilometres to go, before the peloton started to increase the tempo and a fierce pace was set on the famous Oude Kwaremont. Tiesj Benoot and Søren Kragh Andersen rode very well on the cobbled climb, getting clear over the summit in a strong group that set off in pursuit of those ahead. It resulted in a long chase throughout the remainder of the race, with the gap slowly being brought back; standing at 15 seconds with ten kilometres to go.
After some strong turns those ahead were caught with two kilometres to go and Kragh Andersen tried to get clear in the slight crosswind section, putting in a big, stinging attack. Although initially getting a gap, riders were quickly in his wheel and he soon stopped his effort after another few hundred metres. Benoot tried his best to get up in the sprint for a good result and was the team’s first rider across the line, with Kragh Andersen not too far behind.
|1||PEDERSEN Mads||Trek - Segafredo||4:37:04||200|
|2||TURGIS Anthony||Team Total Direct Energie||,,||150|
|3||PIDCOCK Thomas||INEOS Grenadiers||,,||125|
|21||BENOOT Tiesj||Team DSM||,,||5|
|28||KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren||Team DSM||,,||5|
|43||EEKHOFF Nils||Team DSM||1:48||-|
|91||PEDERSEN Casper||Team DSM||4:52||-|
|93||LEKNESSUND Andreas||Team DSM||,,||-|
|1005||BRENNER Marco||Team DSM||-04:37:04||-|
|1005||KANTER Max||Team DSM||,,||-|