photo credit @ Team Sky
Ian Stannard (Team Sky) upheld his 2014 title, after winning this year’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad today.
The British rider managed to edge out Niki Terpstra in a two-up sprint, after surviving a three-man attack from Etixx-Quickstep – that included Tom Boonen and Stijn Vandenbergh.
Today’s race saw the aforementioned riders manage to jump clear during the final 40 kilometers.
However, despite Etixx-Quickstep’s dominance, Stannard decided to remain nestled in the pack, while the Belgian team proceeded to expend value energy fending off a valiant chase from Sep Vanmarcke and Greg Van Avermaet.
Boonen was the first rider to attempt an attack inside the final 5 kilometers. However, after the Belgian rider enjoyed a brief advantage, Stannard succeeded in bringing him back.
From there, Terpstra initiated an attack of his own, only to be quickly reeled back in by Vandenbergh.
At that point, Stannard decided to attack inside the final 3 kilometers, wherein the British rider’s move proved to much for either Vandenbergh and Boonen – with only Terpstra able to follow.
Terpstra then moved to the front, and began opening up his sprint, but Stannard was ultimately able to edge out the Dutch rider in the final sprint to the line.
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2015 results Results
GBR 1 STANNARD, Ian (SKY) 4:58:42
NED 2 TERPSTRA, Niki (ETIXX – QUICK STEP)
BEL 3 BOONEN, Tom (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) + 3
BEL 4 VANDENBERGH, Stijn (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) + 12
BEL 5 VANMARCKE, Sep (LOTTO NL – JUMBO) + 1:24
BEL 6 VAN AVERMAET, Greg (BMC RACING)
CZE 7 STYBAR, Zdenek (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) + 1:29
BEL 8 GILBERT, Philippe (BMC RACING) + 4:35
GBR 9 ROWE, Luke (SKY) + 4:55
FRA 10 DEMARE, Arnaud (FDJ)
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