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Preview: Brussels Cycling Classic 2022

Preview: Brussels Cycling Classic 2022

The 102nd edition of the Brussels Classic will be on Sunday’s calendar. The match, which was then known as Paris-Brussels, is looking for a successor to Remko Evenpoel. Who will follow in the footsteps of 22-year-old Fleming? cycling flash Looking forward.


Paris-Brussels ranked first on the calendar in 1893. To put that in perspective: the first edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, aka no doin Known as the oldest classic bike in the Benelux, it was first regulated just a year ago. Paris-Roubaix is ​​three years younger than Paris-Brussels.

So it is It is fair to say The Two Capitals Classic has a long history. As with other bike races that saw the light of day during this period, the newspaper is the basis for this race. Paris bike magazine no bicyclite This is in the case of Paris – Brussels. Builder Andre Henri was crowned as the first winner in 1893.

Notable details: The Paris-Brussels Grand Prix was a race of more than four hundred kilometers in its early years. It will be abbreviated later. When Eddie Merckx won this race in 1973, for example, it was “only” 294 kilometers.

Tom Bonin won his last match in Paris – Brussels – Photo: Kor Vos

Perhaps this is also the reason why Paris-Brussels is losing its position more and more. Due to the shorter distance, the track became less difficult, so that the race track became less attractive and runners increasingly took the victory. Robbie McQueen, for example, has won here five times in recent decades.

In 2013, the Paris-Brussels Organization decided that things had to change and moved the starting point to Brussels. So Paris – Brussels is no longer Paris – Brussels, but Brussels – Brussels – the name has been changed to Brussels Classic Bikes. Net runners continue to win, as the names of Andre Greipel, Dylan Groenwegen, Caleb Ewan and Tim Merler on the honors list in recent years attest. Since last year, Muur van Geraardsbergen and Bosberg have been included in the course.

The last ten winners science is BRUSSELS CYCLING CLASSIC
2012: science is Tom Bonin
2013: flag de Andre Greipel
2014: flag de Andre Greipel
2015: flag nl Dylan Groenwegen
2016: science is Tom Bonin
2017: father flag Arno Demir
2018: flag de Pascal Ackermann
2019: flag-au Caleb Ewan
2020: science is Tim Merler
2021science is RYMCO EVENBUIL

last year

Remco Evenepoel put on the name Brussels for classic cycling last year after an engaging course in which a leading group of six riders colored the opening stage at the start. Lindsey de Felder, Torsten Trane, Etienne van Impel, Jules Hesters, Robert Scott and Gianni Marchand separated from the group for three minutes and played an important role until late in the race.

Photo: Cor Vos

After the passage of Muur van Geraardsbergen, they were even able to join Evenepoel, Victor Campenaerts, Aimé De Gendt, Philippe Gilbert, Tosh Van der Sande, Marc Hirschi and Brandon McNult. But in a fresh attack, they had to pass definitively–and van der Sande, De Gendt, Campinerts, Gilbert, Hershey, McNulty and Evenbeuil led the way.

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Only two of them would fight to win, while the other four took a wrong turn and disappeared from view. These two people were De Gendt and Evenepoel. The Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux bravely defended himself, but had to pass in the absolute final and leave the win to Evenepoel. Van der Sande finished third in just over two minutes.

1. science is Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)
2. science is Aimé De Gendt (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) in the 1950s
3. science is Tosh van der Sande (Loto Soudal) at 2min 13sec
4. science is Philip Gilbert (Loto Soudal) 2nd and 13th minute
5. chapter flag Mark Hershey (UAE Team Emirates) in the 2nd and 13th minute

Pass Buildings

As the name suggests, the Brussels Cycling Classic is a race that starts and ends in the Belgian capital of Brussels. The organization set a similar track for last year, in which the Muur van Geraardsbergen-Bosberg combination will be crucial to the race track. The race has a total length of 204 kilometres.

However, the opening phase begins flat when the peloton moves towards Tervuren, Overijse and La Hulpe about half an hour. An early flight will likely form quickly, even before the first hills appear. Those hills are Rue du Croiseau and Rue de Ronquieres, but they shouldn’t be named early in the race. So not much will happen here.

The race begins halfway through the race, with four hills planned over a distance of approximately fifteen kilometres. Muur van Geraardsbergen (1.2 km at 7.8%) and Bosberg (1.4 km at 5%) form the core of this mountainous region, which is preceded and followed by Zavelstraat and Congoberg.

Then the final really begins. Sixty kilometers from the end, the installation of the Geraardsbergen-Bosberg-Congoberg wall is again planned. This is where the race exploded last year. Then, differences can only be made in Brabantsebaan, Rosweg and Heiligekruiswegstraat.

Sunday 5 June, Brussels-Brussels (204 km)

beginning: 12.20 pm
ending: 17.09-17.37 hours


The Brussels Cycling Classic will likely add another strong rider to the honor roll after Sunday. There are several WorldTour teams initially in Brussels. Eleven to be exact. The good turnout shows that the Brussels Classic bike race is becoming popular again, and that the choice of a change of course was a good choice.

The current track isn’t heavy enough to rule out a sprint, nor is it light enough to warrant a quick sprint. This ensures that many riders will see opportunities on Sunday for a good result. In the most reasonable scenario, a good path is made for Muur van Geraardsbergen and Bosberg, after which it will be difficult or the group leaving here will stay away.

If this scenario becomes a reality, we will be looking at the strong riders who will join Group 1 in a sprint. Danny Van Buble or Hugo Hofstetter For example, which always comes out on top in one-day races. Looks like they are the jockeys to win on Sunday. Hofstetter has already scored six places on the podium in one-day races this year, including a win at the Tro-Bro Léon. And a nice third place in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Van Poppel made an impression when he finished second at Scheldeprijs and – more recently – Rund um Köln. So it looks good.

Van Poppel in Scheldeprijs – Photo: Cor Vos

Lotto Soudal has Plan A, Plan B and even Plan C in the form of Victor CampinaartsFlorian Vermeersch and Philip Gilbert. Because points are sorely needed, the Belgian team starts with one of the strongest squads imaginable. Campenaerts came close last year and will definitely show something on Bosberg or Muur, Vermeersch recently won the Antwerp Port Epic and so is definitely in great shape. Arnaud de Lee was initially included in the list of participants, but was later removed from it.

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In the lineup of Wall-Bosberg, it is also worth paying attention to the men of INEOS Grenadiers, who will again appear in Brussels with successful young men. inspiration Magnus Sheffieldwinner of Brabantse Pijl, is a man to watch out for, as well Ben Turner† With Kim Heiduk and Luke Plapp, INEOS riders should be able to challenge the well-known names. And then they also have Ilya Viviani on hand for the enemy.

We have yet to talk about the success team Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux. They also come to Brussels with a strong overall squad. The fact that names like Taco van der Hoorn and Quinten Hermans don’t fall for the stars here says enough about the quality of the participants’ field. Who falls in the stars: im die recruited And the Alexander Kristof. De Gendt came second here last year, Christoph is in great shape, and his victories at Scheldeprijs and Tour of Norway are a testament to that. Both are excellent at this rate. We also see Biniam Girmay’s name on the tentative start list, but we think he’s unlikely to start. His eyes still need rest

Magnus Sheffield – Photo: Cor Vos

The last of the stars goes to two Alpecin-Fenix ​​drivers. Tim Merler On paper he’s the fastest on the field and so he gets a star, but the question is how he’s doing. Gianni Vermeersch Anyway in better shape – he recently took second place in the Antwerp Port Epic.

Outsiders to be named: Jake Stewart, Amaury Cabot, Ethan Vernon, David Ballerini, Pete Alleghert, Sepp Vanmarque and Pierre Barbier.

Favorites according to WielerFlits
**** Hugo Hofstetter
*** Danny van Poppel, Victor Campinaarts
** Magnus Sheffield, Aimee De Gendt, Alexander Kristof
* Tim Merler, Ben Turner, Florian Vermeersch, Gianni Vermeersch

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Participants list

Weather and TV

The weather forecast for next Sunday does not look very good. rain radar A thunderstorm is expected. It will be 22°C and there is a chance of rain on the way. Winds of 3 strength are likely to come from the southwest. You can watch the match live Eurosport And the sporza from 3 pm