Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, a day of torture.

Relatively unknown rider Bobbie Traskel from the Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team won the K-B-K today and he deserves a boatload of props. With the ‘perfect storm’ Xynthia descending on Europe, the peleton faced 130km/h winds and relentless frigid rain. Add to this the typical Belgian mud and cobbles and you have yourself a day of absolute torture.

“Before the Oude Kwaremont I attacked to have space. By doing so I could avoid crashes and choose my own line on the cobbles. I’m very happy. I rate this result very high. I haven’t achieved much on the road so far,” said third place rider Ian Stannard. “It was so cold today. In the end I could not concentrate anymore.”

The day after the riders tackled the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, they were back at it again and 25 teams of 8 riders each set out to claim victory on the stormy day. Of the 200 who departed Kuurne on the 28th of February, only 26 riders found the strength to finish.

Final results

1 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil_________________4:43:16
2 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank
3 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky___________________0:00:02
4 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC -Columbia_______0:01:00
5 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo TestTeam_________0:02:59
6 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo TestTeam
7 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom___0:05:40
8 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet – Colnago__0:05:43
9 Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack__________________0:05:54
10 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank_____________0:05:55

Sporza.be highlights of the torture: here

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