Mads Pedersen conquers Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne
Feb 28 2021 11:54 pm CET

Mads Pedersen conquers Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne
Mads Pedersen conquers Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne
Photo of Mads Pedersen (c)Fabio Toschi

Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) has taken the victory of Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne. The former World Champion was the strongest rider at the final sprint.

The race was 197 kilometres long with a course that started and finish in Kuurne, Belgium, and that featured known climbs like the Oude Kwaremont and the Kluisberg. A group of six riders escaped early on the race and included Maciej Bodnar, Patrick Gamper and Ludwig De Winter.

Kilometres later Fenix-Alpecin's Mathieu van der Poel -who had to abandon the UAE Tour after winning one stage due to a positive Covid-19 test in one of the team's staff members- and joined the front with Ineos-Grenadiers' Jhonatan Narvaez.

Behind them, a strong reduced peloton -that included strong contenders like Greg Van Avermaet, Jasper Stuyven, Mads Pedersen and Tiesj Benoot- rode hard to try to catch them before the last kilometres. In the last stretch of the race, only Van der Poel, Narvaez, Gamper, Artyom Zakharov and Jonas Iversby Hvideberg remained in front, but the pack seemed unable to get any closer to them for a while.

But just after the two-kilometre mark, the escapees were caught and the fight for a good position started. Pedersen launched a very strong final sprint that couldn't be matched by the competitors and he took the victory of the race, the first one of his career.

Anthony Turgis (Total Direct Energie) and Thomas Pidcock (Ineos-Grenadiers) completed the final podium of the competition.