Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) sprinted to victory at the Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne today, taking the win ahead of Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida). Julien Vermote came agonizingly close to stealing the victory from the sprinters though, being caught with just 100m to go and ending 9th. Once again it was another icy cold day in Belgium as the peloton began the 200km Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne this morning. After Scott Thwaites 13th at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad our African Team was hoping to break into the top 10 today, Thwaites and Vermote our protected riders once again. An early break of 7 riders went clear but they weren’t able to.
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won the final stage and with it, the overall Abu Dhabi Tour title. The Spaniard got the better of Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Team) on the Jabel Hafeet summit finish, Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep) rounded out the stage podium. It was a long build up to the final 10.8km climb of the Abu Dhabi Tour as the peloton had to take on 190km of flat desert road before reaching the climb. A 9-rider break used this time to build up a 10-minute lead over the peloton but when Astana and the UAE Emirates team started chasing, the gap gradually started to decrease. Our.
It was a cold start to the classics, but the intense racing kept the cold at bay. Here’s how the first of the classics, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, unfolded for us..
Stage 4 at the Abu Dhabi tour was an individual time trial, in which Scott Davies was our best placed rider in the race against the clock. Scott Mitchell captured it all for us..