The Brussels Cycling Classic used to be called Paris-Brussels. The race starts and ends in the capital now.
The 199 km course took the riders over some hills in Brabant, such as the Vossemberg, Smeysberg, Alsemberg and Bruine Put, before taking on the final stretch towards the Houba De Strooper Avenue, where the race ends before the gates of the King Boudewijn Stadium at the Heizel.
The course may be a bit similar to the Brabant Arrow in spring, the difference is that the final is flat, with a major chance of a concluding bunch sprint. This was indeed the case.
It was veteran Tom Boonen (Etixx - Quick Step) who started the sprint early with the wind in the back. Nobody passed him. Boonen had asked team mate and top sprinter Marcel Kittel whether he could have a go this time, and didn't miss his chance.
A former World Champion and excellent classic rider, Boonen (36) had decided to put an end to his career last April, but he changed his mind and decided to continue until next year's Paris-Roubaix due his excellent form.