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Photo Essay: Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne rings in the classics

Scenes from the 2018 edition of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, which fell on the opening weekend of the Belgian classics.
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
A new team for classics veteran Matteo Trentin, as he switched over to the Australian Mitchelton-SCOTT squad in 2018. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Oliver Naesen’s Belgian tri-color Factor stands ready for the start of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
The opening weekend of the Belgian classics saw some of the coldest temperatures in recent years. The order of the day was layers. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
The peloton rolled out under a measured tempo in the opening kilometers from Kuurne. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Despite temperatures below freezing, a feeling of spring was abound in the Belgian countryside. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Greg Van Avermaet kept himself bundled up during the first few hours of racing. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Former Belgian national champion Jens Debusschere was to be the Lotto-Soudal ace in the hole if it came down to a field sprint. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
The peloton rolled through the timeless Belgian countryside en route to the finish in Kuurne. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
The Kanarieberg is a steep, open climb that is typically featured in multiple events across the Belgian classics season. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Dylan Groenewegen rode safely in the bunch, conserving energy in hopes that the race would come down to a bunch sprint. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Subzero temperatures and run-off from the surrounding farms resulted in ice on the race course and a warning of caution over race radio. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
The peloton navigated the ice-covered roads with precision and safety as the riders descended at more than 40mph on their way to the base of the Oude Kwaremont. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Yves Lampaert showed solid form on the opening weekend of the Belgian classics, here leading Greg Van Avermaet on the Oude Kwaremont. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
French speedster Arnaud Demare was attentive and active in the mix as the race tackled the final climbs before the long, flat run into the finish. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Dylan Groenewegen struggled on the steep climbs but held his own to keep the leaders within reach, anticipating a big bunch sprint in the finale. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Greg Van Avermaet kept the pressure on, hoping to distance the sprinters after a series of steep climbs before the final in Kuurne. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Daniel Oss put his love of the cobbles and his skills to work on one of the last pavé sectors in the race. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
As the kilometers ticked off, the peloton started to break into pieces over the undulating and wind-swept course. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
With 40km to go, Daniel Oss and Jasper Stuyven made a daring two-man escape. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Stuyven took one last bottle and gel for the closing kilometers of the race. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Daniel Oss punctured out of the breakaway and, despite a fairly quick wheel change, he never regained his position in the front group. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Jasper Stuyven went solo, but fierce winds and a hard-charging peloton would ultimately squash his hopes of victory. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
A big field sprint was unleashed on the wide boulevard into Kuurne. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Dylan Groenewegen took the win over Arnaud Demare and Sonny Cobrelli in the 2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Dylan Groenewegen topped a slightly surprising podium in Kuurne. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com