Dutch Jumbo Visma rider, Dylan Van Baarle went solo to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the first classic of the cycling season. Up-and-coming 20-year-old Belgian Arnaud De Lie won a sprint for second place after recovering impressively from a crash, while another Jumbo man Christophe Laporte came third. The 30-year-old Van Baarle won Paris-Roubaix in 2022 and was second in the world championships in 2021.
On Saturday he attacked from distance after the penultimate climb, and crossed the line with his arms wide open some 20 seconds ahead of a fast-moving pursuit posse. Briton Tom Pidcock was amongst that group, whose combined strengths was not enough to reel in the relentless Dutchman taking his debut Jumbo win.
“I went for it when everyone was struggling,” said Van Baarle.
“I saw a moment. It was quite a hard section of the race, so I decided to go.”
“Van Baarle was just the best today,” explained Team UAE man Tim Wellens.
“We knew we were never going to catch him from about 40km (25 miles) out.”
The race is the first of a season known as the spring classics — one-day races hotly contested in Europe’s road cycling heartlands. This 129 mile race featured 12 climbs and nine cobbled sections.
2023 OMLOOP HET NIEUWSBLAD RESULTS
|1||Dylan VAN BAARLE||Jumbo-Visma||4:54:49|
|2||Arnaud DE LIE||Lotto Dstny||0:20|
|4||Alexander KRISTOFF||Uno-X Pro Cycling Team||0:20|
|5||Thomas PIDCOCK||INEOS Grenadiers||0:20|
|6||Davide BALLERINI||Soudal – Quick Step||0:20|
|7||Nils POLITT||BORA – hansgrohe||0:20|
|8||Andrea PASQUALON||Bahrain – Victorious||0:20|
|9||Rui OLIVEIRA||UAE Team Emirates||0:20|
|10||Sep VANMARCKE||Israel – Premier Tech||0:20|
RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling
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