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Bredene Koksijde Classic

Another Belgian one-day race with clobblestone sections in the Flanders region of Belgium. The race has many resemblances to the much larger race Gent-Wevelgem with the ascending of the well known Kemmelberg-climb. The race changed names this year from Handzame Classic to Bredene Koksijde Classic naming the two towns from the the race starts and ends.

Bredene Koksijde Classic has been ridden since 2011, where it was introduced to the UCI Europe Tour calendar as a 1.HC-race.

“It’s another sprinters race with cobblestone sections along the way”, says directeur sportif René Jacobsen. “We’ll try and follow the same tactic as yesterday with a couple of guys focusing on an early breakaway, while the others protect our sprinters for the finish.”

“The guys just had to ride out the disappointment from yesterday, and now they seem to be in good spirits. It’s a level higher than last year, which can be felt by the speed of the peloton. I’m sure that yesterday haven’t damaged their confidence. It has opened their eyes to what it takes to compete at this level, and now it’s just back on the horse for tomorrows race.”

 

Last year's winners:

2018: Álvaro José Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors)

2017: Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Joker Icopal)

2016: Erik Baska (Tinkoff)

 

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