- - 2014 Nokene Koerse

2014 Nokene Koerse

Kenny Dehaes won the 2014 Nokene Koerse today, beating   Tom Van Asbroeck in a close sprint finish after 199.3 kilometers of racing. Meanwhile, FDJ’s Nacer Bouhanni finished in third. 

Today’s win marked Dehaes’ second win of the season, as the Belgian rider won the Ronde van Drenthe race on Sunday.

Today’s race saw with a sizable breakaway group of 17 riders get underway around the 45 kilometer mark. 

Among the escapees, was a patchwork of riders from various and sundry teams containing Iljo Keisse, Gert Steegmans, Julian Alaphilippe, Tosh Van Der Sande, Dennis Vanendert, Salvatore Puccio, Martijn Keizer, Daniel Oss, Yves Lampaert, Jerome Baugnies, Omar Fraile Matarranza, Luis Mas Bonet, Jean – Marc Bideau, Jan Barta, Michael Schwarzmann and Niels Van Dijk.

At one point, the breakaway group built up a maximum lead of three minutes. However, during the last lap, all but Steegmans had been absorbed by the peloton. 

From there, a determined Steegmans continued to try and stay away. However, the speed of the peloton proved to be too great for the Belgian rider to stave off, and he had to settle for a disappointing fourth place. 

In the meantime, Alaphilippe was awarded the mountains classification jersey.


Top 25 Finishers

1 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol 4:21:39   2 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise     3 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra)  4 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team  5 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team  6 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp – Endura  7 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  8 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  9 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty Groupe-Gobert  10 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  11 Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie – Bruxelles  12 Tom Devriendt (Bel) Team 3M 13 Timothy Dupont (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole     14 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise 15 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Wanty Groupe-Gobert  16 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 17 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  18 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  19 Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie – Bruxelles  20 Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team Netapp – Endura  21 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  22 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Team 3M  23 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  24 Kevin Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice – Golden Palace Continental Team   25 Sean Downey (Irl) An Post – Chain Reaction

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