The 2021 Classics season is almost upon us with Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne being the second semi-Classic of the weekend on the February 28 after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on the Saturday.
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne is usually a race for the sprinters, with riders like Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo-Visma) and Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) being past winners. But, the race can be very open and solo riders or small breakaways can stay away.
Last year's winner, Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), won with a solo attack ahead of a bunch sprint led by Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka-Assos) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates).
Perhaps the biggest favourite set to ride is Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) who returns to racing after having to leave the UAE Tour due to a positive Covid-19 test within the team, he won stage one of that race.
The 2021 start list is now complete, however, there are some notable absentees, including Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Bob Jungels (Ag2r-Cotroën) and Philippe Gilbert (Lotto-Soudal). Other notable absentees are that of Team Jumbo-Visma, who aren't on the start list at all.
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2021 start list
Deceuninck-Quick-Step - Confirmed
VAN LERBERGHE Bert
AG2R La Mondiale-Cirtoën
VAN AVERMAET Greg
VAN HOCKE Gijs
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
DE VREESE Laurens
B&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM
VAN GENECHTEN Jonas
DE BACKER Bert
Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles
Bora - Hansgrohe
VAN POPPEL Boy
VAN POPPEL Danny
DE WINTER Ludwig
Cofidis, Solutions Credits
VAN DEN BERG Julius
Groupama - FDJ
Israel Start-Up Nation
VAN ASBROECK Tom
WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads
Lotto - Soudal
VAN MOER Brent
JANSEN Amund Grøndahl
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DE VYLDER Lindsay
DE WILDE Gilles
VAN DEN BOSSCHE Fabio
KRAGH ANDERSEN Soren
Team Total Direct Energie
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
VAN GESTEL Dries
Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
RESELL Erik Nordsaeter
HVIDEBERG Jonas Iversby
UAE Team Emirates
LAENGEN Vegard Stake
BYSTRØM Sven Erik
VAN EMPEL Etienne
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