First Endurance rider Jasper Stuyven (Trek/Segafredo) rode away from the peleton with 17 kilometers to go to the finish of the 2016 edition of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and never looked back.
“I was thinking about 2010 when I was riding here when I was World Champion (Junior) and I wanted to win that day because that year my Grand Father died who was living here,” explained Stuyven. “But I had bad luck when someone crashed into my bike. I think today I made up for that.”
“I still can’t believe it,” continued Stuyven.”I felt really good, not all day like yesterday, but in the finale, especially when we were going into the Kwaremont. I was easily following the moves, I was always there and never on the defensive.”
Stuyven grew his advantage to 25 seconds, steadily holding the gap as he turned the pedals, smoothly and powerfully over the next kilometers. With less than three kilometers to go, the peloton swarmed the chasing group, and Stuyven’s margin swelled to 30 seconds.
“All my muscles hurt,” said Stuyven. “I wanted to keep some gas for the head wind section but it was not like I had a lot of margin. I was constantly keeping an eye on my SRM, looking at my watts and keeping the legs spinning and trying to be as aero as possible.”