Gallery: Brugge-De Panne 2021 Images by Chris Auld

The spring racing calendar is at full tilt now with several single-day races going off per week, punctuated by races like Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders on the weekends. Wednesday, March 24 saw the Oxyclean Classic Brugge–De Panne, a pancake-flat 204-kilometer single-day WorldTour level race. Though it skips the famed cobbled roads of Flanders, the race is still very much a quintessential Belgian race, featuring sections prone to crosswinds.

The peloton kept breakaways close all day, and the race arrived at the final kilometers together, setting up a classic bunch sprint. As so often happens, Deceuninck-Quick-Step took over the race in the final meters, setting up a perfectly executed lead-out train for sprinter Sam Bennett to take victory, his first WorldTour-level single-day race win. Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) rounded out the podium.

Bennett’s teammates began celebrating before he did.
Take a closer look at the windows…
The breakaway attempts didn’t get much leeway the whole day.

The breakaway attempts didn’t get much leeway the whole day.

Deceuninck-Quick-Step had a strong command of the day, as is so often the case in single-day races.

It’s all about the little things, like kit-matched BOA dials for Bora-Hansgrohe.
Bennett on the podium.
It’s hard to be bummed about second or third place when the prize is also a keg.

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