ONE Pro Cycling will join a world class line up for the second day of the favourite flandrian weekend.
Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne might include the thrilling cobbled climbs that we all expect from the Belgium Spring Classics but it will be a completely different challenge to the previous day of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
Unlike Omloop, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne will entertain spectators with a long flat run into the finish. But don’t expect this to make things straightforward for the sprinters on the course, as adverse weather conditions in previous years have been known to produce a surprise winner!
For those of you unfamiliar with this particular Belgium Classic, the name of the race can be misleading as the peloton won’t actually reach Brussels. On Sunday 28 February 25 teams will line up on the start line in Kuurne and make their way towards Brussels only to turn around near Eichen approximately 25km West of the city. A total distance of 200.7km, riders will cross the finish line after 170.1km and then continue to complete 2 laps of a 15.3km finishing circuit around Kuurne and Kortrijk.
ONE Pro Cycling will enter a strong 8 man team with five of the riders fresh off the cobbles from the previous days race. Included in the roster is one of the team’s youngest riders Sam Williams. A first year professional Williams is looking forward to his season debut with the team commenting, “I’m so excited to be kicking off my season with Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. We had a great few days last week in Belgium on a recon of the course and it’s going to be tough but fun at the same time. It will be great racing against the biggest names in the sport and hopefully I can do a good job for the team.”
Yanto Barker, (GBR)
Marcin Bialoblocki, (POL)
Sebastian Lander, (DEN)
Hayden McCormick, (NZL)
Martin Mortensen, (DEN)
Chris Opie, (GBR)
Sam Williams, (GBR)
Steele Von Hoff, (AUS)
Breakdown of climbs
1500 M – EDELARE TOP (4.2% AVE, 7% MAX)
1880 M – FLA HOUPPE (4.8% AVE, 10% MAX)
1000 M – KANARIEBERG (7.7% AVE, 14% MAX)
1000 M – KRUISBERG (4% AVE, 9% MAX) (COBBLED)
2700 M – HOTOND (3.1% AVE, 7.5% MAX)
1260 M – COTE DU TRIEU (7% AVE, 13% MAX)
2200 M – OUDE KWAREMONT (4% AVE, 11.6% MAX) (COBBLED)
1800 M – KLUISBERG (6.3% AVE, 10% MAX)
750 M – TIEGEBERG (5% AVE, 9% MAX)
1000 M – HOLSTRAAT (5.2% AVE, 12% MAX)
350 M – NOKEREBERG (5.7% AVE, 7% MAX) (COBBLED)
Starting at 11:45 (Local Time), 10:45am (GMT) Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne will be broadcast LIVE on Eurosport from 2-4pm with highlights on Eurosport 2 at 5pm.