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Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne is an annual single-day road cycling race in Belgium. It is held one day after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, on the last Sunday of February or the first of March, and completes the opening weekend of the Belgian cycling season.[1] It is ranked a 1.HC event of the UCI Europe Tour. Tom Boonen holds the most wins with three victories.

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DateLate February - Early March
RegionFlanders, Belgium
English nameKuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
Local name(s)Kuurne–Brussel–Kuurne (in Dutch)
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeOne-day race
OrganiserSportingclub Kuurne
Race directorPeter Debaveye
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First edition1946 (1946)
Editions70 (as of 2018)
First winner Henri Delmuyle (BEL)
Most wins Tom Boonen (BEL) (3 wins)
Most recent Bob Jungels (LUX)


Early editionsEdit

First held in 1946, the race was run from Kuurne, a small town known for its textile industry, to the Belgian capital of Brussels and back. In the 1950s it served as the opening race of the Belgian cycling season. When Brussels was becoming inaccessible for a cycling event in the late 1960s, the race was rerouted towards the Flemish Ardennes and renamed "Omloop der beide Vlaanderen" ("Circuit of both Flanders").[N 1] In 1979 organizers decided to rename the event to Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne nonetheless.

Opening weekendEdit

For many decades, Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne serves as the second race of the opening weekend in Belgium, after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, as well as the first weekend of racing in Northwestern Europe.[1] Although second after the Omloop, and considered the smaller of the two events, it holds significant prestige because of its calendar date. Since 2005 it is included in the UCI Europe Tour; in 2016 it was upgraded to a 1.HC event, the same ranking as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, but Omloop was upgraded to UCI World Tour level in 2017. Despite tandeming with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, no rider has ever won the Omloop and Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne on the same weekend.

Winter raceEdit

As it is run in late winter, Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne has often been affected by poor weather. The race had to be cancelled three times because of snow or frost – in 1986, 1993 and 2013. The 2010 event was run in extreme weather as the remnants of cyclone Xynthia hit Belgium, with strong winds and torrential rain ravaging the peloton.[2] The race had to be shortened by 20 km because a fallen tree obstructed the road.[3] The edition was won by Dutch outsider Bobbie Traksel; only 26 of 195 riders finished the race.[4][5] In 2004 Kuurne served as the opening race of the season, after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was cancelled because of snow, before thaw set in on the night before the Sunday race.[6]


Route of the 2015 edition

Despite its name, the route does not actually extend to Brussels. The race starts on the hippodrome of Kuurne, in the south of West-Flanders, before heading east in the direction of Brussels, but its easternmost point is somewhere near Ninove, 23 km west of Brussels. After the turning point, the race addresses the Flemish Ardennes where a number of hills feature, before finishing in Kuurne after approximately 200 km. The route in the hill zone changes every year, but some of the regular climbs include Edelareberg, La Houppe, Kanarieberg, Kruisberg, Oude Kwaremont, Tiegemberg and Nokereberg.

With a long and flat run-in to the finish, the course is less selective than the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The race ends with two local laps around Kortrijk and Kuurne.[7] With the last climb of the race coming at 53 km from the finish, Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne has established itself as something of a sprinters’ classic.[1]

List of winnersEdit

Podium of the 2015 race: Alexander Kristoff, Mark Cavendish and Elia Viviani
Rider Team
1946   Henri Delmuylle (BEL) individual
1947   André Pieters (BEL) Celta-Erka
1948   Achiel Buysse (BEL) Thompson
1949   Albert Decin (BEL) La Française-Dunlop
1950   Valère Ollivier (BEL) Bertin-Wolber
1951   André Declerck (BEL) Bertin-Wolber
1952   André Maelbrancke (BEL) Devos Sport
1953   Leopold De Graeveleyn (BEL) Mercier-Hutchinson
1954   Leon Van Daele (BEL) Bertin-d'Alessandro
1955   Joseph Planckaert (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot
1956   Henri Denijs (BEL) Bertin-Huret
1957   Joseph Verhelts (BEL) Faema-Guerra
1958   Gilbert Desmet (BEL) Faema-Guerra
1959   Gentiel Saelens (BEL) Flandria-Dr. Mann
1960   Joseph Planckaert (BEL) Wiel's–Flandria
1961   Alfred De Bruyne (BEL) (victory shared with Leon Van Daele) Baratti-Milano
1961   Leon Van Daele (BEL) (victory shared with Alfred De Bruyne) Wiel's-Flandria
1962   Piet Rentmeester (NED) Gitane-Leroux
1963   Noël Foré (BEL) Faema-Flandria
1964   Arthur De Cabooter (BEL) Solo-Superia
1965   Guido Reybrouck (BEL) Flandria–Romeo
1966   Gustaaf Desmet (BEL) Wiel's-Groene Leeuw
1967   Daniel Van Rijckeghem (BEL) Mann-Grundig
1968   Eric Leman (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck
1969   Freddy Decloedt (BEL) Pull Over Centrale-Tasmania
1970   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Flandria–Mars
1971   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Flandria–Mars
1972   Gustaaf Van Roosbroeck (BEL) Watneys-Avia
1973   Walter Planckaert (BEL) Watney-Maes
1974   Wilfried Wesemael (BEL) MIC-Ludo-De Gribaldy
1975   Frans Verhaegen (BEL) IJsboerke-Colner
1976   Frans Verhaegen (BEL) Flandria–Velda–West Vlaams Vleesbedrijf
1977   Patrick Sercu (BEL) Fiat France
1978   Patrick Lefevere (BEL) Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
1979   Walter Planckaert (BEL) Mini Flat-V.D.B.
1980   Jan Raas (NED) TI–Raleigh
1981   Jos Jacobs (BEL) Capri Sonne
1982   Gregor Braun (GER) Capri Sonne
1983   Jan Raas (NED) TI–Raleigh
1984   Jos Lammertink (NED) Panasonic
1985   William Tackaert (BEL) Fangio-Ecoturbo
1986 No race
1987   Ludo Peeters (BEL) Superconfex-Yoko
1988   Hendrik Redant (BEL) Isoglass-Robland
1989   Edwig Van Hooydonck (BEL) Superconfex-Yoko
1990   Hendrik Redant (BEL) Lotto-Super Club
1991   Johnny Dauwe (BEL) Tulip Computers
1992   Olaf Ludwig (GER) Panasonic-Sportlife
1993 No race
1994   Johan Museeuw (BEL) GB-MG Maglificio
1995   Frédéric Moncassin (FRA) Novell
1996   Rolf Sørensen (DEN) Rabobank
1997   Johan Museeuw (BEL) Mapei-GB
1998   Andrei Tchmil (BEL) Lotto-Mobistar
1999   Jo Planckaert (BEL) Lotto-Mobistar
2000   Andrei Tchmil (BEL) Lotto-Adecco
2001   Peter Van Petegem (BEL) Mercury-Viatel
2002   Jaan Kirsipuu (EST) AG2R Prévoyance
2003   Roy Sentjens (NED) Rabobank
2004   Steven de Jongh (NED) Rabobank
2005   George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel
2006   Nick Nuyens (BEL) Quick-Step–Innergetic
2007   Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick-Step–Innergetic
2008   Steven de Jongh (NED) Quick-Step
2009   Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick-Step
2010   Bobbie Traksel (NED) Vacansoleil
2011   Christopher Sutton (AUS) Team Sky
2012   Mark Cavendish (GBR) Team Sky
2013 No race due to snow[8]
2014   Tom Boonen (BEL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2015   Mark Cavendish (GBR) Etixx–Quick-Step
2016   Jasper Stuyven (BEL) Trek–Segafredo
2017   Peter Sagan (SVK) Bora–Hansgrohe
2018   Dylan Groenewegen (NED) LottoNL–Jumbo
2019   Bob Jungels (LUX) Deceuninck–Quick-Step

Winners by nationalityEdit

Wins Country
52   Belgium
9   Netherlands
2   Germany,   United Kingdom
1   Australia,   Denmark,   Estonia,   France,   Luxembourg,   Slovakia,   United States


  1. ^ The race has not been in Brussels since 1968. Since then it is run in the provinces of West-Flanders and East-Flanders, the two westernmost provinces of Belgium.


  1. ^ a b c Wynn, Nigel. "Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2016 preview". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  2. ^ Benson, Daniel. "Rollin thrives in bad weather in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Canadian impervious to Belgian storms". Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  3. ^ Decaluwé, Brecht. "Peloton reacts to brutal battering at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne". Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  4. ^ Decaluwé, Brecht. "Relatively unknown Traksel rides to Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne win". Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  5. ^ O'Grady, Patrick. "Traksel takes Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne". Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  6. ^ Jones, Jeff. "De Jongh repeats Rabobank's success". Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Organisatoren hertekenen finale Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne". (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne afgelast door de sneeuwval" (in Dutch). Sporza. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.

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