The cobbled Classics season kicks off this weekend with a double header of races Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (Sunday, March 1) is the second of the two.
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne is very different to Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as this leans more towards the sprinters, with riders like Mark Cavendish (Bahrain-McLaren), Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and Tom Boonen, who has the record with three victories.
The race has been won by solo attacks and small breaks before. Bob Jungels (Deceununck-Quick-Step), last year's winner, and Jasper Stuyvan (Trek-Segafredo), 2016 winner, both won with solo attacks, but the bunch sprint is the usual outcome.
This year's addition is 203km long with five cobbled climbs that include the Kruisberg and the Oude Kwaremont. But the cobbles aren't the only tests as some of the asphalt climbs can cause problems. The Côte de Trieu peaks out at 13 percent.
The last 50km are more or less flat but that doesn't mean the attacks have finished. The best opportunity for a solo rider to win would be to be in a small group after the final climb, the Kluisberg, and then attacking with around 20km to go to try and hold off the peloton.
The race is being shown live on Eurosport 1, with numerous highlights programmes to choose from. Extended coverage is also shown on the Eurosport Player.
Cycling Weekly will be posting up race reports, photos and analysis shortly after the race.
Times in GMT
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (Sunday, March 1)
13.30-15.35, LIVE, Eurosport 1
19.00-20.30, Highlights, Eurosport 1
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Bonville-Ginn started working in cycling journalism while still at school and university for a voluntary site based on Twitter before also doing slots for Eurosport's online web team and has been on location at the Tour de Yorkshire, Tour of Britain, UCI World Championships and various track events. He then joined the Cycling Weekly team in late February of 2020.
When not writing stories for the site, Bonville-Ginn doesn't really switch off his cycling side as he watches every race that is televised as well as being a rider himself and a regular user of the game Pro Cycling Manager.
He rides a Specialized Tarmac SL4 when out on his local roads back in West Yorkshire as well as in northern Hampshire with the hills and mountains being his preferred terrain.
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