Mark Cavendish took his sixth win of the 2015 season at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in Belgium. Photos by Graham Watson

Mark Cavendish continued his strong start to the 2015 season, winning the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne semi-classic race in Belgium on Sunday.

Cavendish’s victory made amends for Saturday’s result for his Etixx-QuickStep team in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which saw three of the team’s riders overhauled by Brit Ian Stannard in the race’s finale.

It was Cavendish’s sixth win of the year so far, and saw him easily sprint ahead of rival Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) to take the honours. It will serve as a huge morale boost for the Manxman, as Kristoff has been touted as one of the leading favourites for Milan-San Remo later this month.

Cavendish said after the victory: “I’m happy to beat Kristoff, one of the best riders in the world right now. I’m happy to win in the first showing against him this year.”

The way Cavendish took on the climbs of KBK will have his Milan-San Remo rivals worried.



The peloton passes through Kortrijk in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

The peloton passes through Kortrijk in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Ian Stannard chases in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Ian Stannard chases in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Bernhard Eisel and Elia Viviani in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Bernhard Eisel and Elia Viviani – Viviani would finish third

Zdenek Stybar leads an escape in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Zdenek Stybar leads an escape

Tom Boonen leads an escape in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Tom Boonen heads the break

The peloton in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

The peloton in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Pim Ligthart in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Pim Ligthart climbs on the cobbles

The peloton in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

The peloton in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Ian Stannard in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Ian Stannard shows that he’s just that bit harder than everyone else. And he’s smiling

Philippe Gilbert attacks in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Philippe Gilbert’s put in a huge effort to attack late in the race, but was caught

Mark Cavendish wins the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Mark Cavendish wins the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Mark Cavendish celebrates after winning the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Mark Cavendish celebrates with his team

Mark Cavendish on the podium after winning the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Mark Cavendish with the winner’s cuddly donkey

  • Janet Mozelewski

    The top picture is very interesting in light of comments in some quarters that Viviani gets as low or lower than Cavendish on the bike. It certainly looks as though Vivian’s head is indeed lower than Cav’s but actually despite this there is really a big difference in body shape. Viviani’s back is not as flat as Cav’s and clearly visibility is going to be more of an issue. Cav, though he moves the bike a great deal, remains incredibly stable and level.