Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne

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Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne logo.svg
Race details
Date Late February - Early March
Region Flanders, Belgium
English name Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
Local name(s) Kuurne–Brussel–Kuurne (in Dutch)
Nickname(s) KBK
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type One-day race
Organiser Sportingclub Kuurne
Race director Peter Debaveye
History
First edition 1946 (1946)
Editions 70 (as of 2018)
First winner  Henri Delmuyle (BEL)
Most wins  Tom Boonen (BEL) (3 wins)
Most recent  Dylan Groenewegen (NED)

Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne is an annual single-day road cyling race in Belgium. It is held one day after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, on the last Sunday of February or the first of March, and completes the opening weekend of the Belgian cycling season.[1] It is ranked a 1.HC event of the UCI Europe Tour. Tom Boonen holds the most wins with three victories.

History[edit]

Early editions[edit]

First held in 1946, the race was run from Kuurne, a small town known for its textile industry, to the Belgian capital of Brussels and back. In the 1950s it served as the opening race of the Belgian cycling season. When Brussels was becoming inaccessible for a cycling event in the late 1960s, the race was rerouted towards the Flemish Ardennes and renamed "Omloop der beide Vlaanderen" ("Circuit of both Flanders").[N 1] In 1979 organizers decided to rename the event to Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne nonetheless.

Opening weekend[edit]

For many decades, Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne serves as the second race of the opening weekend in Belgium, after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, as well as the first weekend of racing in Northwestern Europe.[1] Although second after the Omloop, and considered the smaller of the two events, it holds significant prestige because of its calendar date. Since 2005 it is included in the UCI Europe Tour; in 2016 it was upgraded to a 1.HC event, the same ranking as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, but Omloop was upgraded to UCI World Tour level in 2017. Despite tandeming with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, no rider has ever won the Omloop and Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne on the same weekend.

Winter race[edit]

As it is run in late winter, Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne has often been affected by poor weather. The race had to be cancelled three times because of snow or frost – in 1986, 1993 and 2013. The 2010 event was run in extreme weather as the remnants of cyclone Xynthia hit Belgium, with strong winds and torrential rain ravaging the peloton.[2] The race had to be shortened by 20 km because a fallen tree obstructed the road.[3] The edition was won by Dutch outsider Bobbie Traksel; only 26 of 195 riders finished the race.[4][5] In 2004 Kuurne served as the opening race of the season, after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was cancelled because of snow, before thaw set in on the night before the Sunday race.[6]

Route[edit]

Route of the 2015 edition

Despite its name, the route does not actually extend to Brussels. The race starts on the hippodrome of Kuurne, in the south of West-Flanders, before heading east in the direction of Brussels, but its easternmost point is somewhere near Ninove, 23 km west of Brussels. After the turning point, the race addresses the Flemish Ardennes where a number of hills feature, before finishing in Kuurne after approximately 200 km. The route in the hill zone changes every year, but some of the regular climbs include Edelareberg, La Houppe, Kanarieberg, Kruisberg, Oude Kwaremont, Tiegemberg and Nokereberg.

With a long and flat run-in to the finish, the course is less selective than the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The race ends with two local laps around Kortrijk and Kuurne.[7] With the last climb of the race coming at 53 km from the finish, Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne has established itself as something of a sprinters’ classic.[1]

List of winners[edit]

Podium of the 2015 race: Alexander Kristoff, Mark Cavendish and Elia Viviani
Rider Team
1946 Belgium Henri Delmuylle (BEL) individual
1947 Belgium André Pieters (BEL) Celta-Erka
1948 Belgium Achiel Buysse (BEL) Thompson
1949 Belgium Albert Decin (BEL) La Française-Dunlop
1950 Belgium Valère Ollivier (BEL) Bertin-Wolber
1951 Belgium André Declerck (BEL) Bertin-Wolber
1952 Belgium André Maelbrancke (BEL) Devos Sport
1953 Belgium Leopold De Graeveleyn (BEL) Mercier-Hutchinson
1954 Belgium Leon Van Daele (BEL) Bertin-d'Alessandro
1955 Belgium Joseph Planckaert (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot
1956 Belgium Henri Denijs (BEL) Bertin-Huret
1957 Belgium Joseph Verhelts (BEL) Faema-Guerra
1958 Belgium Gilbert Desmet (BEL) Faema-Guerra
1959 Belgium Gentiel Saelens (BEL) Flandria-Dr. Mann
1960 Belgium Joseph Planckaert (BEL) Wiel's–Flandria
1961 Belgium Alfred De Bruyne (BEL) (victory shared with Leon Van Daele) Baratti-Milano
1961 Belgium Leon Van Daele (BEL) (victory shared with Alfred De Bruyne) Wiel's-Flandria
1962 Netherlands Piet Rentmeester (NED) Gitane-Leroux
1963 Belgium Noël Foré (BEL) Faema-Flandria
1964 Belgium Arthur De Cabooter (BEL) Solo-Superia
1965 Belgium Guido Reybrouck (BEL) Flandria–Romeo
1966 Belgium Gustaaf Desmet (BEL) Wiel's-Groene Leeuw
1967 Belgium Daniel Van Rijckeghem (BEL) Mann-Grundig
1968 Belgium Eric Leman (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck
1969 Belgium Freddy Decloedt (BEL) Pull Over Centrale-Tasmania
1970 Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Flandria–Mars
1971 Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Flandria–Mars
1972 Belgium Gustaaf Van Roosbroeck (BEL) Watneys-Avia
1973 Belgium Walter Planckaert (BEL) Watney-Maes
1974 Belgium Wilfried Wesemael (BEL) MIC-Ludo-De Gribaldy
1975 Belgium Frans Verhaegen (BEL) IJsboerke-Colner
1976 Belgium Frans Verhaegen (BEL) Flandria–Velda–West Vlaams Vleesbedrijf
1977 Belgium Patrick Sercu (BEL) Fiat France
1978 Belgium Patrick Lefevere (BEL) Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
1979 Belgium Walter Planckaert (BEL) Mini Flat-V.D.B.
1980 Netherlands Jan Raas (NED) TI–Raleigh
1981 Belgium Jos Jacobs (BEL) Capri Sonne
1982 Germany Gregor Braun (GER) Capri Sonne
1983 Netherlands Jan Raas (NED) TI–Raleigh
1984 Netherlands Jos Lammertink (NED) Panasonic
1985 Belgium William Tackaert (BEL) Fangio-Ecoturbo
1986 No race
1987 Belgium Ludo Peeters (BEL) Superconfex-Yoko
1988 Belgium Hendrik Redant (BEL) Isoglass-Robland
1989 Belgium Edwig Van Hooydonck (BEL) Superconfex-Yoko
1990 Belgium Hendrik Redant (BEL) Lotto-Super Club
1991 Belgium Johnny Dauwe (BEL) Tulip Computers
1992 Germany Olaf Ludwig (GER) Panasonic-Sportlife
1993 No race
1994 Belgium Johan Museeuw (BEL) GB-MG Maglificio
1995 France Frédéric Moncassin (FRA) Novell
1996 Denmark Rolf Sørensen (DEN) Rabobank
1997 Belgium Johan Museeuw (BEL) Mapei-GB
1998 Belgium Andrei Tchmil (BEL) Lotto-Mobistar
1999 Belgium Jo Planckaert (BEL) Lotto-Mobistar
2000 Belgium Andrei Tchmil (BEL) Lotto-Adecco
2001 Belgium Peter Van Petegem (BEL) Mercury-Viatel
2002 Estonia Jaan Kirsipuu (EST) AG2R Prévoyance
2003 Netherlands Roy Sentjens (NED) Rabobank
2004 Netherlands Steven de Jongh (NED) Rabobank
2005 United States George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel
2006 Belgium Nick Nuyens (BEL) Quick-Step–Innergetic
2007 Belgium Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick-Step–Innergetic
2008 Netherlands Steven de Jongh (NED) Quick-Step
2009 Belgium Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick-Step
2010 Netherlands Bobbie Traksel (NED) Vacansoleil
2011 Australia Christopher Sutton (AUS) Team Sky
2012 United Kingdom Mark Cavendish (GBR) Team Sky
2013 No race due to snow[8]
2014 Belgium Tom Boonen (BEL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015 United Kingdom Mark Cavendish (GBR) Etixx–Quick-Step
2016 Belgium Jasper Stuyven (BEL) Trek–Segafredo
2017 Slovakia Peter Sagan (SVK) Bora–Hansgrohe
2018 Netherlands Dylan Groenewegen (NED) LottoNL–Jumbo

Winners by nationality[edit]

Wins Country
52  Belgium
9  Netherlands
2  Germany,  United Kingdom
1  Australia,  Denmark,  Estonia,  France,  Slovakia,  United States

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The race has not been in Brussels since 1968. Since then it is run in the provinces of West-Flanders and East-Flanders, the two westernmost provinces of Belgium.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wynn, Nigel. "Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2016 preview". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  2. ^ Benson, Daniel. "Rollin thrives in bad weather in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Canadian impervious to Belgian storms". cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  3. ^ Decaluwé, Brecht. "Peloton reacts to brutal battering at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne". cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  4. ^ Decaluwé, Brecht. "Relatively unknown Traksel rides to Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne win". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  5. ^ O'Grady, Patrick. "Traksel takes Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne". velonews.competitor.com. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  6. ^ Jones, Jeff. "De Jongh repeats Rabobank's success". cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Organisatoren hertekenen finale Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne". sporza.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne afgelast door de sneeuwval" (in Dutch). Sporza. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.

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