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Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne. Unlucky crash in final after strong teamwork

After a successful Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the second Belgium classic in the opening weekend was unlucky because of a crash going into the final 20 kilometers. Because of this crash, without serious injuries, Magnus Cort and Alexey Lutsenko were not able to battle for a good result. 

- It was a really unlucky crash, Lutsenko and I were behind a rider who crashed. We both went to the ground, but we’re both OK. I wanted to see what we could do in the final, but unfortunately we were not able to come back because the pace was already really high in the peloton which made it hard to return. Too bad, but of course we are still really satisfied about this weekend with the great win of Michael (Valgren) yesterday, - told Magnus Cort.

The day after Michael Valgren’s victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a confident Astana Pro Team signed in at the start of the 70th edition of Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne. A 200,1km-long race with cobblestones and short climbs. Right from the start a breakaway was created with 7 riders, including our Truls Korsaeth. This group had a maximum advantage of 2 minutes, before they were caught by the peloton and a new group attacked. This group of 21 riders with still Truls Korsaeth, but also Greg van Avermaat and Sep Vanmarcke (both riding in yesterday’s final as well). This group had a gap of 1 minute with 60 km to go, and with 40 km to go this group was caught because of a strong team performance of our riders.

While the speed in the peloton was going up because of several attacks, with 20 kilometers to go a rider crashed and took Magnus Cort and Alexey Lutsenko with him. After this incident, both were not able to return into the peloton to compete in the final sprint. Dylan Groenewegen won the bunch sprint in Kuurne.


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