Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne

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Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Race details
Date Late February-Early March
Region Flanders, Belgium
English name Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Local name(s) Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (Dutch)
Nickname(s) KBK
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type One-day race
History
First edition 1945 (1945)
Editions 66 (as of 2014)
First winner  Valère Olivier (BEL)
Most wins  Tom Boonen (BEL) (3 wins)
Most recent  Tom Boonen (BEL)

Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne is an annual single-day road bicycle race in Belgium. It is ridden on the last Sunday of February or on the first Sunday of March, one day after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. First held in 1945, since 2005 it has been a 1.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour.

History[edit]

Together with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this race forms the Belgian opening weekend of the road cycling season. The course is less selective (the last climb comes 53 km before the finish line) than the Omloop which gives sprinters a better chance for winning this race. As of 2013 no rider has completed a double in the Belgian opening weekend by winning both Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne.

The name of the race however is somewhat misleading, as the race doesn't actually reach Brussels. After starting in Kuurne, the race heads out in the direction of Brussels but the turnaround point is near Galmaarden, some 25 km west of Brussels. On the way back, the race heads to the Flemish Ardennes where a number of hills (Edelareberg, La Houppe, Kanarieberg, Kruisberg, Oude Kwaremont, Knokteberg, Tiegemberg and Nokereberg) are climbed before finishing back in Kuurne.

Three times in history the race was cancelled due to bad weather, the last time in 2013. In 2010 the race was run in extreme weather coming from the Cyclone Xynthia. The race was shortened by 20 km because of a fallen tree and only 26 of the 195 started riders were able to finish in Kuurne.

List of winners[edit]

Rider Team
1945 Belgium Ollivier, ValereValère Ollivier (BEL) individual
1946 Belgium Delmuylle, HenriHenri Delmuylle (BEL) individual
1947 Belgium Pieters, AndreAndré Pieters (BEL) Celta-Erka
1948 Belgium Buysse, AchielAchiel Buysse (BEL) Thompson
1949 Belgium Decin, AlbertAlbert Decin (BEL) La Française-Dunlop
1950 Belgium Ollivier, ValereValère Ollivier (BEL) Bertin-Wolber
1951 Belgium Declerck, AndreAndré Declerck (BEL) Bertin-Wolber
1952 Belgium Maelbrancke, AndreAndré Maelbrancke (BEL) Devos Sport
1953 Belgium Graeveleyn, Leopold DeLeopold De Graeveleyn (BEL) Mercier-Hutchinson
1954 Belgium Daele, Leon VanLeon Van Daele (BEL) Bertin-d'Alessandro
1955 Belgium Planckaert, JosephJoseph Planckaert (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot
1956 Belgium Denijs, HenriHenri Denijs (BEL) Bertin-Huret
1957 Belgium Verhelts, JosephJoseph Verhelts (BEL) Faema-Guerra
1958 Belgium Desmet, GilbertGilbert Desmet (BEL) Faema-Guerra
1959 Belgium Saelens, GentielGentiel Saelens (BEL) Flandria-Dr. Mann
1960 Belgium Planckaert, JosephJoseph Planckaert (BEL) Wiel's-Flandria
1961 Belgium Bruyne, Alfred DeAlfred De Bruyne (BEL) (victory shared with Daele, Leon VanLeon Van Daele) Baratti-Milano
1961 Belgium Daele, Leon VanLeon Van Daele (BEL) (victory shared with Bruyne, Alfred DeAlfred De Bruyne) Wiel's-Flandria
1962 Netherlands Rentmeester, PietPiet Rentmeester (NED) Gitane-Leroux
1963 Belgium Fore, NoelNoël Foré (BEL) Faema-Flandria
1964 Belgium Cabooter, Arthur DeArthur De Cabooter (BEL) Solo-Superia
1965 Belgium Reybrouck, GuidoGuido Reybrouck (BEL) Flandria-Romeo
1966 Belgium Desmet, GustaafGustaaf Desmet (BEL) Wiel's-Groene Leeuw
1967 Belgium Rijckeghem, Daniel VanDaniel Van Rijckeghem (BEL) Mann-Grundig
1968 Belgium Leman, EricEric Leman (BEL) Flandria-De Clerck
1969 Belgium Decloedt, FreddyFreddy Decloedt (BEL) Pull Over Centrale-Tasmania
1970 Belgium De Vlaeminck, RogerRoger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Flandria-Mars
1971 Belgium De Vlaeminck, RogerRoger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Flandria-Mars
1972 Belgium Van Roosbroeck, GustaafGustaaf Van Roosbroeck (BEL) Watneys-Avia
1973 Belgium Planckaert, WalterWalter Planckaert (BEL) Watney-Maes
1974 Belgium Wesemael, WilfriedWilfried Wesemael (BEL) MIC-Ludo-De Gribaldy
1975 Belgium Verhaegen, FransFrans Verhaegen (BEL) IJsboerke-Colner
1976 Belgium Verhaegen, FransFrans Verhaegen (BEL) Flandria-Velda
1977 Belgium Sercu, PatrickPatrick Sercu (BEL) Fiat France
1978 Belgium Lefevere, PatrickPatrick Lefevere (BEL) Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
1979 Belgium Planckaert, WalterWalter Planckaert (BEL) Mini Flat-V.D.B.
1980 Netherlands Raas, JanJan Raas (NED) TI-Raleigh
1981 Belgium Jacobs, JosJos Jacobs (BEL) Capri Sonne
1982 Germany Braun, GregorGregor Braun (GER) Capri Sonne
1983 Netherlands Raas, JanJan Raas (NED) TI-Raleigh
1984 Netherlands Lammertink, JosJos Lammertink (NED) Panasonic
1985 Belgium Tackaert, WilliamWilliam Tackaert (BEL) Fangio-Ecoturbo
1986 No race
1987 Belgium Peeters, LudoLudo Peeters (BEL) Superconfex-Yoko
1988 Belgium Redant, HendrikHendrik Redant (BEL) Isoglass-Robland
1989 Belgium Hooydonck, Edwig VanEdwig Van Hooydonck (BEL) Superconfex-Yoko
1990 Belgium Redant, HendrikHendrik Redant (BEL) Lotto-Super Club
1991 Belgium Dauwe, JohnnyJohnny Dauwe (BEL) Tulip Computers
1992 Germany Ludwig, OlafOlaf Ludwig (GER) Panasonic-Sportlife
1993 No race
1994 Belgium Museeuw, JohanJohan Museeuw (BEL) GB-MG Maglificio
1995 France Moncassin, FredericFrédéric Moncassin (FRA) Novell
1996 Denmark Sorensen, RolfRolf Sørensen (DEN) Rabobank
1997 Belgium Museeuw, JohanJohan Museeuw (BEL) Mapei-GB
1998 Belgium Tchmil, AndreiAndrei Tchmil (BEL) Lotto-Mobistar
1999 Belgium Planckaert, JoJo Planckaert (BEL) Lotto-Mobistar
2000 Belgium Tchmil, AndreiAndrei Tchmil (BEL) Lotto-Adecco
2001 Belgium Van Petegem, PeterPeter Van Petegem (BEL) Mercury-Viatel
2002 Estonia Kirsipuu, JaanJaan Kirsipuu (EST) AG2R Prévoyance
2003 Netherlands Sentjens, RoyRoy Sentjens (NED) Rabobank
2004 Netherlands De Jongh, StevenSteven de Jongh (NED) Rabobank
2005 United States Hincapie, GeorgeGeorge Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel
2006 Belgium Nuyens, NickNick Nuyens (BEL) Quick Step-Innergetic
2007 Belgium Boonen, TomTom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step-Innergetic
2008 Netherlands De Jongh, StevenSteven de Jongh (NED) Quick Step
2009 Belgium Boonen, TomTom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step
2010 Netherlands Traksel, BobbieBobbie Traksel (NED) Vacansoleil
2011 Australia Sutton, ChristopherChristopher Sutton (AUS) Team Sky
2012 United Kingdom Cavendish, MarkMark Cavendish (GBR) Team Sky
2013 No race due to snow[1]
2014 Belgium Boonen, TomTom Boonen (BEL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step

Winners by Nationality[edit]

# of Victories Country
51  Belgium
8  Netherlands
2  Germany
1  Australia
1  Denmark
1  Estonia
1  France
1  United Kingdom
1  United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne afgelast door de sneeuwval" (in Dutch). Sporza. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 

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