Team Jumbo-Visma (Belgium) - Press Release: Tiesj Benoot has won Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne after some incomparable team play to complete a Team Jumbo-Visma domination of the Flemish Opening Weekend. The Belgian of Team Jumbo-Visma seized the perfect moment to ride away from the leading group in a thrilling final. Nathan Van Hooydonck completed the yellow-and-black formation's celebration by finishing second.
Team Jumbo-Visma made another early move and tried to break up the peloton on the Flemish climbs. The attempt succeeded spectacularly. On Le Bourliquet, after an acceleration by Jan Tratnik, a group of five with Van Hooydonck and Benoot rode away from the peloton. They quickly grabbed a one-and-a-half-minute lead.
Behind the leading group, the sprinters' teams looked to each other to chase. Christophe Laporte, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner Dylan Van Baarle and Tratnik followed in their wheels. Slowly some of the lead was chipped away, but the break worked well together. The peloton couldn't close the gap and the five at the front went on to battle for the win. Van Hooydonck opened the fight by attacking and it was especially hard for Matej Mohoric to catch him. After this the poker began and Benoot attacked at the right moment in the final kilometre. Van Hooydonck paused and the bird had flown. Laporte also won the bunch sprint to finish sixth.