Belgian Stuyven Clinches Cobbled Classics Opener Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

A win for Trek-Segafredo

Belgium’s Jasper Stuyven edged cycling’s first cobbled classic of the season, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, on
Saturday after a cat-and-mouse finale.

Taking front spot in a tense final kilometre, the 27-year-old Trek-Segafredo rider had too much speed in the final dash for his compatriot Yves Lampaert after a 200km run from Merelbeke to Ninove.

The new CCC Team partnership of Greg Van Avermaet and Matteo Trentin had been in the running as part of a long-range 12-man break before Stuyven and Lampaert broke away on the steep Muur climb.

Earlier, Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten of Mitchelton-Scott soloed to victory in the women’s 126.1km race.

Annemiek Van Vleuten (NED – Team Mitchelton Scott)

With plenty of racing in southern Europe, Australia and the Gulf, the Omloop signals the start of the northern European racing on the UCI WorldTour.

The Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico stage races and the Milan-San Remo one-day monument race are all scheduled for March.

Jasper Stuyven (BEL – Trek – Segafredo)

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