Yes, often the race comes down to a sprint of a select group, although last year’s sprint was with an extremely select group when Peter Sagan outgunned Jasper Stuyven, Luke Rowe, Tiesj Benoot and Matteo Trentin on the line. Two years ago Jasper Stuyven escaped with 17 kilometres out to solo to an impressive victory. How will the race unfold this time – (bunch) sprint or late attack?
Whatever it’s going to be, the second race of the Flemish Opening Weekend will be demanding, especially given the time of year. Strong winds, cold rain and even snow are possible threats in Flanders.The race amounts to 200.1 kilometres and the last 49.8 kilometres are played out on the flat.
Three riders who are still racing have won the semi-classic: Peter Sagan (2017), Jasper Stuyven (2016) and Mark Cavendish (2012, 2015). In 2018, Stuyven is the only competing former winner.
Favourites 2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
*** Greg Van Avermaet, Fernando Gaviria, Jasper Stuyven, Arnaud Démare
** Tiesj Benoot, Dylan Groenewegen, Sonny Colbrelli, Magnus Cort Nielsen, Sacha Modolo
* Sam Bennett, Niki Terpstra, Matteo Trentin, Jürgen Roelandts, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Fabio Felline
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2018: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Video final 5 km