Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2019: Bob Jungels powers to solo victory

Bob Jungels solos to victory in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Owain Doull finishes in second and Niki Terpstra rounds out the podium. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2019

1. Bob Jungels (lux)
2. Owain Doull (gbr)
3. Niki Terpstra (nld)
4. Dylan Groenewegen (nld)
5. Yves Lampaert (bel)
6. Florian Sénéchal (fra)
7. Jens Keukeleire (bel)
8. André Greipel (ger)
9. Jasper De Buyst (bel)
10. Carlos Barbero (spa)

Race report
In rainy and windy conditions the race takes of in Kuurne. The pace is high from the start and despite lots of movement, the peloton is still together after one hour in the saddle. The distance covered in that time is 46.3 kilometres.

The first front group takes shape at kilometre 55. Magnus Cort, Pim Ligtart, Jimmy Turgis and Lawrence Naesen open up a gap, while De Winter, Kirsch and Jarrier bridge across. The seven extend their lead to more than 4 minutes before the peloton takes control.

On the Oude Kwaremont Stannard ignites the fireworks. With Stybar, Lampaert, Oliver Naesen, De Vreese, Asgreen, Ballerini, Doull and Küng he chases down the front group. Another twelve riders – with Greipel, Trentin, Keukeleire and Jungels – rejoin them with 80 kilometres remaining. Colbrelli is out of contention due to a crash, while title defender Groenewegen is chasing in the second group.

Jungels sets a brisk pace on the cobbles of the Varent and the front group breaks. Oliver Naesen, Langeveld, Cort and Ballerini stay with him and the five reach the foot of the last hill, Nokereberg, almost 1 minute ahead of the chasers. The Groenewegen ensemble regroups a little later.

Cort is dropped inside the last 17 kilometres, while Jungels goes solo just before the last round of 15 kilometres. While the other three are caught with 9 kilometres to go Doull, Terpstra, Keukeleire and Jungels’ teammate Yves Lampaert leave the main group inside the last 5 kilometres. The chase comes too late and Jungels wins Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne with a lead of a few hundred metres. Doul and Terpstra stay ahead of the sprinters to finish in second and third

Another interesting read: route ‘KBK’ 2019.

Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2019: route, profiles, more

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