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Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2024: Route, TV times, and all you need to know

Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2024: Route, TV times, and all you need to know

While the road racing season got underway Down Under in early January, many will consider the true start of the season Opening Weekend in Belgium…

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While the road racing season got underway Down Under in early January, many will consider the true start of the season Opening Weekend in Belgium with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Classics on 24th and 25th February. (No rider has ever won both on the same weekend, but we’d like to see someone try.)

Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne’s route is slightly flatter than Omloop with a straighter finish and only four brief cobbled interludes, making it more of a sprinters’ race – evident from its honour roll, which includes Mark Cavendish, Dylan Groenewegen, and Fabio Jakobsen in recent years. Unlike Omloop there is no women’s race.

The race (rather confusingly) doesn’t actually get to Brussels, although it used to in its early days, and isn’t an exact loop to and from Kuurne.

First raced in 1946, it used to run between the small West Flanders town and the capital and back, but cut its losses in the late ‘60s as Brussels was increasingly hard to incorporate into a race route. After a forgettable rebrand to Omloop der beide Vlaanderen, the name returned to Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in 1979.

Last year Jumbo-Visma swept the smaller cobbled Classics, winning all of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, KBK, E3 Saxo Classic and Gent-Wevelgem with four different riders.

Tiesj Benoot took the crown in Kuurne, bringing glory home to Belgium after a few years of Danish and Dutch dominance, just ahead of now-retired teammate Nathan Van Hooydonck and Matej Mohorič.

Unsurprisingly Belgium has enjoyed the most success here, winning 53 editions (the Netherlands is second, […]

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