Timothy Dupont won a historic race when he beat Colombian Gaviria and Dutchman Kreder on 16 September 2016. This was the 101st outing for the Flanders Championship in Koolskamp. This makes the West Flanders race older than the Tour of Flanders. It was no coincidence that the winner, Dupont, was a fast youngster. The Flanders Championship is tailor-made for sprinters, with names such as Greipel, Kittel and Démare on the list of winners. Dupont clinched his 16th win of the season at Koolskamp. He also beat Gaviria, an international winner at the top of his game. A fine cycling pedigree. So it was being said that Dupont would fit in well at the World Championship in Qatar. But, when push came to shove, he was only a reserve and absent from the scene when Tom Boonen left the World Championship stage brandishing a bronze medal.