Men Elite history
The 2022 Flanders Classics spring ended on a rainy day between Leuven and Overijse. The weather gods combined with the gruelling local loop in and around Overijse made for a tough race. It was Turner and Evenepoel who upped the tempo before the finale had even begun. Evenepoel’s second try was the right one, creating a leading group of 10. The attack attempts could not be counted on one hand. The decision eventually came 3.5 km before the finish line after an acceleration by the 19-year-old Sheffield, who secured victory with a solo in the last kilometres.
Until now, only one rider has managed to win De Brabantse Pijl four times: Edwig Van Hooydonck. As a 20-year-old, he first won the race in 1987 after a fine solo. At that time, Van Hooydonck was the youngest winner ever. The two-time Tour of Flanders winner would go on to add De Brabantse Pijl to his trophy cabinet a further 3 times, in 1991, 1993 and 1995. Three times on the Alsemberg, he produced a phenomenal power sprint, giving his rivals no chance.