• Jasper Stuyven of Trek-Segafredo (Sirotti)Source: Sirotti
Jasper Stuyven sole a march on the break to win the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne spring classic.
Cycling Central

29 Feb 2016 - 8:37 AM  UPDATED 29 Feb 2016 - 8:57 AM

Jasper Stuyven attacked in the front group with 17 km to go and and held off a determined chase to claim victory at Kuurne-Brussels-Kurrne.

The 23-year-old Trek-Segafredo rider held a 16 second gap over the remnants of the chasing group to start the final 15-kilometer circuit in Kuurne and held that to the finish.

After Stuyven had claimed the victory, Katusha's Alexander Kristoff won the bunch sprint for second ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis).

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"Boy (Van Poppel) did a perfect job, he was incredible to keep our group going," Stuyven said. "He was so strong. But the peloton was coming back, so Dirk (Demol, Trek-Segafredo director) said to try something, so I went and I was alone. I just powered through. 

"Normally, I am not the man for solo rides; I surprised myself.  But in the first lap I really paid attention to the wind, so when I went I knew what to expect and I just gave my all. I thought that maybe Tom (Boonen) would join me because he was very active, and I also knew that he would keep the group turning behind, so I knew I was in for a hard one."