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Groenewegen gallops to Brugge-De Panne victory

Wednesday's sprinter showdown provides a preview of the action expected at Gent-Wevelgem. Groenewegen comes out on top ahead of Gaviria.

Blasting up a gap on the right side of the road, Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) sped past Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) to win Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne Wednesday in Belgium.

The Colombian sprinter ended up second to Groenewegen with 2018 race winner Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) third.

The 200-kilometer WorldTour race was marked by a number of crashes in the final 26km local circuit around De Panne. Mitchelton-Scott’s Luke Durbridge crashed. And then a significant pileup slowed down the peloton with about 11 kilometers remaining. Seven riders hit the pavement in that crash, including Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), and Jens Keukeleire (Lotto-Soudal).

Although the chase was momentarily disrupted, the peloton quickly caught the six-rider breakaway from earlier in the race, inside the last 10 kilometers.

“In the technical final it was tough to hold positions, and it was difficult to stay together as a team,” Groenewegen said.

Team Sky put two riders on the front going into the last kilometer of racing, setting up the sprint finish.

Deceuninck-Quick-Step seemed eager to lead-out the sprint for Viviani, who was aiming to defend his title won last year in the midweek one-day race.

Michael Morkov hit the front with his teammate Viviani right on his wheel.

The Danish champion put in a huge effort and pulled aside, but it seemed he left Viviani, the Italian champion in the wind as the sprint developed.

Gaviria blasted up the right side of the road, past Viviani. He had a passenger, though. Groenewegen followed Gaviria’s wheel with a smooth acceleration. Then, with a final kick, Groenewegen surged past along the right barriers, where there was just enough room for him to sprint past.

“We already had to do a sprint before the last corner,” Groenewegen added. “I was a bit boxed-in, but my teammates solved that issue very well. I am happy that I have been able to reward them. This victory feels very good because I have defeated some of the best sprinters here.”

The three top sprinters from Wednesday’s race are expected to face off again on Sunday at Gent-Wevelgem, also regarded as a sprinters’ classic.

Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne ME Results

1GROENEWEGEN DylanTeam Jumbo-Visma4:36:32
2GAVIRIA FernandoUAE-Team Emirates0:00
3VIVIANI EliaDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
4BOUHANNI NacerCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:00
5JULES JustinWallonie-Bruxelles0:00
6HALVORSEN KristofferTeam Sky0:00
7VAN GENECHTEN JonasVital Concept - B&B Hotels0:00
8MEZGEC LukaMitchelton-Scott0:00
9NIZZOLO GiacomoTeam Dimension Data0:00
10TEUNISSEN MikeTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
11BOL CeesTeam Sunweb0:00
12VAN POPPEL BoyRoompot - Charles0:00
13PASQUALON AndreaWanty - Gobert Cycling Team0:00
14NAESEN LawrenceLotto Soudal0:00
15JANS RoyCorendon - Circus0:00
16NÕMMELA AkselWallonie-Bruxelles0:00
17RÄIM MihkelIsrael Cycling Academy0:00
18MØRKØV MichaelDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
19MENTEN MilanSport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00
20BALLERINI DavideAstana Pro Team0:00
21VAN STAEYEN MichaelRoompot - Charles0:00
22BOECKMANS KrisVital Concept - B&B Hotels0:00
23WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb0:00
24MARECZKO JakubCCC Team0:00
25JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data0:00
26PETIT AdrienDirect Energie0:00
27GRADEK KamilCCC Team0:04
28BOIVIN GuillaumeIsrael Cycling Academy0:06
29BAUER JackMitchelton-Scott0:06
30KITTEL MarcelTeam Katusha Alpecin0:06
31JANSEN Amund GrøndahlTeam Jumbo-Visma0:06
32VANBILSEN KennethCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:09
33VAN LERBERGHE BertCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:09
34DOULL OwainTeam Sky0:10
35KOCH JonasCCC Team0:11
36VERGAERDE OttoCorendon - Circus0:19
37TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates0:19
38GANNA FilippoTeam Sky0:24
39VAN POPPEL DannyTeam Jumbo-Visma0:25
40CURVERS RoyTeam Sunweb0:27
41PFINGSTEN ChristophBORA - hansgrohe0:29
42SÜTTERLIN JashaMovistar Team0:33
43GRUZDEV DmitriyAstana Pro Team0:33
44VAN KEIRSBULCK GuillaumeCCC Team0:33
45SAJNOK SzymonCCC Team0:33
46KRAGH ANDERSEN AsbjørnTeam Sunweb0:38
47HALLER MarcoTeam Katusha Alpecin0:38
48JANSSENS JimmyCorendon - Circus0:56
49JUNGELS BobDeceuninck - Quick Step1:04
50JAKOBSEN FabioDeceuninck - Quick Step1:04
51BLYTHE AdamLotto Soudal1:05
52SCHWARZMANN MichaelBORA - hansgrohe1:05
53SELIG RüdigerBORA - hansgrohe1:11
54KEISSE IljoDeceuninck - Quick Step1:18
55VALLÉE BorisWanty - Gobert Cycling Team1:33
56ARCAS JorgeMovistar Team1:33
57KIRSCH AlexTrek - Segafredo1:33
58VAN ROOY KennethSport Vlaanderen - Baloise1:33
59VENTER JacoTeam Dimension Data1:33
60HOLLENSTEIN RetoTeam Katusha Alpecin1:33
61OWEN LoganEF Education First1:33
62DE VREESE LaurensAstana Pro Team1:33
63HOULE HugoAstana Pro Team1:33
64TULIK AngéloDirect Energie1:33
65COQUARD BryanVital Concept - B&B Hotels1:33
66WARLOP JordiSport Vlaanderen - Baloise1:37
67WYNANTS MaartenTeam Jumbo-Visma1:37
68FERRARI RobertoUAE-Team Emirates1:41
69ASGREEN KasperDeceuninck - Quick Step1:53
70MCLAY DanielEF Education First1:53
71DEBUSSCHERE JensTeam Katusha Alpecin2:01
72KUZNETSOV ViacheslavTeam Katusha Alpecin2:01
73BERNAS PawełCCC Team2:04
74DE BONDT DriesCorendon - Circus2:30
75TURGIS JimmyVital Concept - B&B Hotels2:33
76DUPONT TimothyWanty - Gobert Cycling Team2:33
77CARDIS RomainDirect Energie2:33
78SELLIER SimonDirect Energie2:33
79SMIT WillieTeam Katusha Alpecin2:33
80DEVOLDER StijnCorendon - Circus2:33
81TIMMERMANS JustinRoompot - Charles2:33
82BOARO ManueleAstana Pro Team2:33
83BIZHIGITOV ZhandosAstana Pro Team2:33
84THEUNS EdwardTrek - Segafredo2:33
85BARBERO CarlosMovistar Team2:33
86BURGAUDEAU MathieuDirect Energie2:33
87STORK FlorianTeam Sunweb2:33
88VAN DER HOORN TacoTeam Jumbo-Visma2:33
89CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team2:33
90THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data2:33
91HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb2:33
92LEYSEN SenneRoompot - Charles2:33
93GAREL AdrienVital Concept - B&B Hotels2:33
94WAEYTENS ZicoCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:33
95HANSEN Lasse NormanCorendon - Circus2:33
96MORICE JulienVital Concept - B&B Hotels2:33
97DEWULF StanLotto Soudal2:33
98SIX FranklinWallonie-Bruxelles2:33
99PAASSCHENS MathijsWallonie-Bruxelles2:33
100SÉNÉCHAL FlorianDeceuninck - Quick Step2:33
101PICHOT AlexandreDirect Energie2:33
102ROELANDTS JürgenMovistar Team2:33
103FRISON FrederikLotto Soudal2:33
104GHYS RobbeSport Vlaanderen - Baloise2:33
105WEEMAES SashaSport Vlaanderen - Baloise2:33
106VAN HECKE PrebenSport Vlaanderen - Baloise2:33
107DOCKER MitchellEF Education First2:33
108LANGEVELD SebastianEF Education First2:33
109AFFINI EdoardoMitchelton-Scott2:33
110PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe4:55
111FORTIN FilippoCofidis, Solutions Crédits5:16
112SAGAN JurajBORA - hansgrohe5:16
113VANSPEYBROUCK PieterWanty - Gobert Cycling Team5:16
114STEELS StijnRoompot - Charles5:16
115DE DECKER AlfdanWanty - Gobert Cycling Team5:16
116RENSHAW MarkTeam Dimension Data5:16
117VAN DEN BERG JuliusEF Education First5:16
118HOFLAND MorenoEF Education First5:16
119ENGER Sondre HolstIsrael Cycling Academy5:16
120VAN TRIJP MaartenCorendon - Circus6:29
121VAN ASBROECK TomIsrael Cycling Academy6:29
122HEPBURN MichaelMitchelton-Scott6:29
123KEUKELEIRE JensLotto Soudal6:29
124BARBIER RudyIsrael Cycling Academy6:29
125WIRTGEN TomWallonie-Bruxelles6:29
126DE BACKER BertVital Concept - B&B Hotels6:29
127BOHLI TomUAE-Team Emirates6:29
128WOUTERS EnzoLotto Soudal6:29
129BAK Lars YttingTeam Dimension Data6:29
130PAUWELS SergeCCC Team6:29
131MOSCON GianniTeam Sky6:29
132BASSO LeonardoTeam Sky6:29
133STANNARD IanTeam Sky6:29
134KREDER WesleyWanty - Gobert Cycling Team6:29
135DEVRIENDT TomWanty - Gobert Cycling Team6:29
136GIDICH YevgeniyAstana Pro Team6:29
137DEHAES KennyWallonie-Bruxelles6:29
138PLANCKAERT BaptisteWallonie-Bruxelles6:29
139GAUDIN DamienDirect Energie6:29
140ASSELMAN JesperRoompot - Charles6:29
141CONSONNI SimoneUAE-Team Emirates9:08
142OLIVEIRA IvoUAE-Team Emirates9:08
143EENKHOORN PascalTeam Jumbo-Visma9:08
144TANFIELD HarryTeam Katusha Alpecin9:08
145PEDERSEN MadsTrek - Segafredo9:08
146REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo9:08
147WILLEMS ThimoSport Vlaanderen - Baloise9:08
148MOSCHETTI MatteoTrek - Segafredo9:08
149ACKERMANN PascalBORA - hansgrohe9:08
150MATHIS MarcoCofidis, Solutions Crédits9:08
151MULLEN RyanTrek - Segafredo9:08
152LAWLESS ChrisTeam Sky9:08
153TILLER RasmusTeam Dimension Data9:08
154ROJAS José JoaquínMovistar Team9:08
155DEMPSTER ZakIsrael Cycling Academy12:30

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