Starting at Kuurne’s hippodrome, the riders are off for a race featuring ten hills. So that’s one more than last year, the newcomer being Mont de l’Enclus, a.k.a. Kluisberg, located close to Wallonia and crested with 124 kilometres left.
To reach that stage, the riders leave the hippodrome to head for Geraardsbergen. The infamous Wall is left alone, still it doesn’t take long for the first climb of the day to appear: Edelare, crested with around 40 kilometres done.
Most climbing is centered halfway the race when within a distance of around 35 kilometres seven climbs are on the menu. In order of appearance these are La Houppe (1.8 km; avg. 4.8%; max 10%), Kanarieberg (1 km; avg. 7.7%, max 14%), Kruisberg (1.88 km; avg. 4%; max 9%), Hotondberg (2.7 km; avg. 3.1%; max 7.5%), Côte Du Trieu (1.26 km; avg. 7%; max 13%), Oude Kwaremont (2.2 km; average 4.2%; max 11.6%) and aforementioned Kluisberg (1.8 km; avg. 6.3%; max 14%).
The series of short climbs is history with 125 kilometres done. Only two more climbs left, Holstraat and Nokereberg, before the last 50 kilometres are flat, featuring two local rounds at 15.3 kilometres each.
Last year Mark Cavendish outsprinted Kristoff and Viviani.
Race results/race report Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2016.
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2016: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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