Franco-Belgian circuit – Jakobsen, Ewan, Girmay… all about the 81st edition

Tour through Wallonia-Picardia, Tower of the Eurometropolis… Call her now on Franco-Belgian circuit. The event, which celebrates its 81st edition this Wednesday, returns with its original name and above all a new course. The former stage race that became an online course in 2016 has delighted sprinters, the latest of which is called Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team), winner in 2021. This year, the organizers have drawn a much more difficult route between Tournai and La Louvière. “Riders will complete four laps of a local 20km circuit. LThe climbs of Rue Secquegneau, Bois de Breucq and Four à Chaux could this time curb the ardor of the sprinters.“, announces the organization.

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Jakobsen, Ewan, Nizzolo, De Lie, Girmay… a whole field of sprinters!

If the latter promises a tough race for the sprinters, the fast men will still be very numerous at the start of this 2022 edition. Fabio Jakobsen(Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team), Biniam Girmay, Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert materials), Bryan Coquard, Simone Consoni (Cofidis), Marc Sarreau (Team AG2R Citroën), Arnaud DeLie, Caleb Ewan (Soudal Lotto), Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel-Premier Tech), Alberto Dainese (DSM-Team), Niccolò Bonifazio (Team TotalEnergies)…all of them will try to hold on so that their respective bursts of speed speak for themselves in the last 200 meters. Other headers include Greg Van Avermaet, Oliver Naesen (Team AG2R Citroën), Victor Campenaerts (Soudal Lotto), Set Vanmarcke (Israel-Premier Tech) or even JJulian Simon (TotalEnergies team).

The starting list

QUICK PASS ALPHA VINYL TEAM

1 JAKOBSEN Fabio
2 KEISSE Iljo
3 SERIE Pieter
4 STEELS Stijn
5 SVRCEK Martin
6 VAN LERBERGHE Bert
7 VERNON – Ethan

INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT MATERIALS

11 Dimitri CLAEYS
12 FROM GENDT Aimé
13 GIRMAY Biniam
14 KRISTOFF Alexander
15 PLANKKAERT Baptiste
16 VAN KESSEL Trumpet
17 VLIEGEN Loic

COFIDIS

21 COWARD Bryan
22 BOHLI Tom
23 CONSONNI Simone
24 ALLEGAERT Piet
25 KOLZE CHANGIZI Sebastian
26 VANBILSEN Kenneth
27 Florentine LECAMUS-LAMBERT

AG2R CITROEN TEAM

31 VAN AVERMAET Greg
32 DEWULF Stan
33 JULIAN Anthony
34 NAESEN Lawrence
35 Oliver is born
36 VAN HOECKE Gijs
37 SARREA Marc

SOUDAL LOTTO

41 CAMPENAERTS Victor
42 BEULLENS Cedric
43 BY LIE Arnaud
44 GRIGNARD Sebastien
45 EWAN Caleb
46 THEY DIED Brent
47 BY BUYST Jasper

TREK-SEGAFREDO

51 BARONZINI Filippo
52 BRUSTENGA Marc
53 EGHOLM Jakob
54 LIEPINS Emils
55 MOSCHETTI Matteo
56 THEUNS Edward
57 VERGAERDE Otto

ISRAEL-FIRST TECHNOLOGY

61 VANMARCKE September
62 ZABEL Rick
63 BIERMANS Jenthe
64 NIZZOLO Giacomo
65 PUPPIO Antonio
66 VAN ASBROECK Tom
67 EINHORN Itamar

TEAMDSSM

71 BITTNER Pavel
72 DAINESE Alberto
73 DENZ Nico
74 HEINSCHKE Leon
75 ANDERSEN Asbjorn Kragh
76 NABERMAN Tim
77 VAN UDEN Casper

ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK

81 OF BONDT Dries
82 MARECZKO Jakub
83 PLANCKAERT Edward
84 LEYSEN Senne
85 OF TIER Floris
86 VERMOTE Julien
87 BASTIAENS Ayco

B&B HOTELS-KTM

91 DEBUSSCHERE Jens
92 HEIDEMANN Miguel
93 JAUREGUI Quentin
94 BARTHE Cyril
95 LECROQUE Jeremy
96 MOZZATO Luca
97 PARISELLA Rafael

TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC

101 DECLERCQ Benjamin
102 NOPPE Christophe
103 MCLAY Daniel
104 CLYNHENS Toon
105 PICHON Laurent
106 FLOREZ Miguel
107 QUINTANA Dayer

TOTALENERGY

111 BODNAR Maciej
112 BONIFAZIO Niccolò
113 LAWLESS Christopher
114 Sandy DUJARDIN
115 SIMON Julien
116 VAN GESTEL Dries

SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE

121 COLMAN Alex
122 DENS Tuur
123 DE WILDE Gilles
124 MERTENS Julian
125 OPEN Ruben
126 VERWILST Aaron
127 WEEMAES Sasha

BINGOAL PAUWELS WB SAUCES

131 ANIOLKOWSKI Stanislaw
132 GET DOWN Ceriel
133 DUPONT Timothy
134 THEY LIE Milano
135 REX Laurenz
136 ROBEET Ludovic
137 LIVYNS Arjen

UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM

141 LARSEN Niklas
142 TILLER Rasmus
143 GUDMESTAD Tord
144 NORMAN HANSEN Lasse
145 HULGAARD ​​Die
146 BLIKRA Erlend
147 WAERENSKJOLD Soren

BOLTON EQUITIES RAL BLACK

151 KENCH Josh
152 FORK James
153 SEXTON Tom
154 CHRISTENSEN Ryan
155 ORAM James
156 O’DONNELL Bailey
157 HORNBLOW Keegan

TARTLETTO-ISOREX

161 MERCHANT Gianni
162 ROOFS Lennert
163 GOEMAN Andreas
164 VAN BREUSSEGEM Elias
165 VAN OF KERKHOVE Brent
166 DEMEYERE Torsten
167 BY POORTER Maxime

GEOFCO DOLTCINI MATERIEL-VELO.COM

171 SIEMONS Stijn
172 DANIELS-Simó
173 Clement
174 VINCENT John
177 NORDEMAN DA SILVA Daniel

VOLKERWESSELS CYCLING TEAM

181 BAAK Jordi
182 EISING Tijmen
183 DE JONG Timo
184 VAN SINTMAARTENSDIJK Roel
185 VERMELTFOORT Coen
186 WOLFENBUTTEL Nils
187 ZIJLAARD Maikel

MINERVA CYCLING TEAM

191 PONSAERTS Thibaut
192 SAVE Kasper
193 JOSEPH Thomas
194 BURRA Gilles
195 MUSEUM Stefano
196 WILLEMS Thimo
197 D’HEYGERE Gil

the course

Wednesday August 10: Tournai – La Louvière, 175.4 km (actual departure at 13:05, arrival around 17:05)

Climbs listed

Le Bourliquet (summit at km 18.8): 900 m at 7.4%
Le Beau Site (km 23.8): 900 m at 8.8%
Rue Secquegneau (km 83.7): 1.6 km at 4%
Bois de Breucq (km 85): 300 m at 8%
Rue Secquegneau (km 104.1): 1.6 km at 4%
Bois de Breucq (km 105.5): 300 m at 8%
Rue Secquegneau (km 124.5): 1.6 km at 4%
Bois de Breucq (km 126): 300 m at 8%
Rue Secquegneau (km 144.9): 1.6 km at 4%
Bois de Breucq (km 146.4): 300 m at 8%
Rue Secquegneau (km 165.3): 1.6 km at 4%
Bois de Breucq (km 166.8): 300 m at 8%

Palmares

The last ten editions (stage race until 2015, one-day race after)

2021: 1. Fabio Jakobsen (NED) 2. Jordi Meeus (BEL) 3. Mads Pedersen (DAN)

2020: cancelled

2019: 1. Piet Allegaert (BEL) 2. Florian Senechal (FRA) 3. Jasper Stuyven (BEL)

2018: 1. Mads Pedersen (DAN) 2. Jempy Drucker (LUX) 3. Oliver Naesen (BEL)

2017: 1. Dan McLay (FRA) 2. Kenny Dehaes (BEL) 3. Anthony Turgis (FRA)

2016: 1. Dylan Groenewegen (NED) 2. Oliver Naesen (BEL) 3. Tom Boonen (BEL)

2015: 1. Alexis Gougeard (FRA) 2. Martijn Keizer (NED) 3. Jurgen Roelandts (BEL)

2014: 1. Arnaud Demare (FRA) 2. Jens Debusschere (BEL) 3. Theo Bos (NED)

2013: 1. Jens Debusschere (BEL) 2. John Degenkolb (GER) 3. Tyler Farrar (USA)

2012: 1. Jurgen Roelandts (BEL) 2. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP) 3. Maarten Wynants (BEL)

2011: 1. Robbie McEwen (AUS) 2. Tom Veelers (NED) 3. Chris Sutton (AUS)

Most wins overall

2: Benno Wiss (SUI / 1983 and 1984); Robbie McEwen (AUS / 2002 and 2011)

Number of hits per country

21: Belgium

4: Switzerland

3: France (Jimmy Casper in 2004, Arnaud Demare in 2014 and Alexis Gougeard in 2015), Great Britain

2: Denmark, Australia, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, Germany

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