Brabantse Pijl 2024: Favourites

Stephen Williams - Brabantse Pijl 2024: Favouritesfoto: Cor VosBrabantse Pijl is a transition race between the cobbled Classics in Flanders/France and the hilly Classics in the Netherlands/Wallonia. A daunting gauntlet of short and sharp climbs leads onto a false flat finale. takes a closer look at the major contenders to win the Brabantse Pijl.

The route of Brabantse Pijl – or, La Flèche Brabançonne – was revamped in 2021 in favour of a false flat drag to the line. The first edition with the new finish was won by Tom Pidcock, who outsprinted Wout van Aert and Matteo Trentin. Two years ago, the false flat-run in to the line served as a red carpet for Magnus Sheffield. The young American attacked inside the last 4 kilometres from a lead group with Remco Evenepoel, Tim Wellens, Benoît Cosnefroy, Warren Barguil, Ben Turner and Tom Pidcock. Sheffield powered to the win, while his team mates Pidcock and Turner shut down all attacks behind him. And last year’s race came down to to a two-up sprint in which Dorian Godon floored Ben Healy.

This year’s Brabantse Pijl is similar to last year, albeit somewhat shorter. Moreover, the finishing circuit features four instead of five climbs, so the route is – on paper – a little less demanding.

Favourites 2024 Brabantse Pijl

**** Michael Matthews, Tim Wellens, Stephen Williams
*** Benoît Cosnefroy, Dylan Teuns, Quinten Hermans
** Tobias Halland Johannessen, Andreas Leknessund, Andreas Kron
* Louis Vervaeke, Marc Hirschi, Axel Laurance, Alexander Kamp

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