Arnaud Demare victorious at Brussels Cycling Classic
Sep 02 2017 04:23 pm CET

Arnaud Demare victorious at Brussels Cycling Classic

FDJ's Arnaud Demare has won the Brussels Cycling Classic. After winning one stage and wearing the Green Jersey in the Tour de France, the Frenchman went on to take the victory at the Belgian race.

The Brussels Cycling Classic was 201.3 kilometres long from and to Brussels. The race formerly known as Paris-Brussels is one of the oldest races on the calendar and was won by Tom Boonen in 2016.

The race started with an escape of 15 riders including Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal), Matthias Brandle (Trek-Segafredo), Pim Ligthard (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) and Marcus Burghardt (Bora-hansgrohe). They got a lead of almost two minutes over the peloton.

With 76 kilometres to go, one of the favourites for the day, Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), abandoned after struggling on the climbs.

After the 10 kilometre mark and as the peloton approached, several attacks fractured the front group and at the end only Brandle continued in front on his own. The Austrian was eventually caught in the last kilometre, sentencing the race to a bunch sprint.

Arnaud Demare (FDJ) was the strongest at the final sprint, crossing the line ahead of Marko Kump (UAE Team Emirates) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).
Photo of Arnaud Demare (cropped) by Equipe Cycliste FDJ