Author: CyclingTE

At the age of 36 and with almost two decades of racing experience in the pro peloton to her name, there are few races that Marianne Vos has yet to win, let alone start.However, with career win number 249 at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, the Dutchwoman added another highlight to her near-endless reel of them, outpowering world champion Lotte Kopecky and Lidl-Trek duo Elisa Longo Borghini and Shirin van Anrooij on the Elisabethlaan in Ninove.The Visma-Lease a Bike rider had been part of an elite chase group behind solo attacker Longo Borghini for half of the previous 30km…

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For the third year in a row, Visma-Lease a Bike came away from the first half of Opening Weekend at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with a win as Jan Tratnik followed Wout van Aert and Dylan van Baarle in adding his name to the honour roll in Ninove.The dominant Dutch squad began in the same manner as they did last time out, filling two-thirds of the podium as Van Aert filled the Christophe Laporte role in third place.They had animated the race all day, long before the television broadcast started, first blowing the peloton apart in the crosswinds 130km from home…

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Following Soudal-QuickStep’s most recent victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, courtesy of the recently departed Davide Ballerini in 2021, the team have yet to sniff another triumph in the Opening Weekend curtain-raiser.Florian Sénèchal, another winter departure, and Ballerini – ninth and sixth the last two seasons – did at least keep up the post-2019 run of top 10 placings going. However, even that is gone after Saturday’s afternoon of racing.Instead, the Belgian Classics powerhouse delivered a team-best 21st in Ninove, with homegrown contender Yves Lampaert their sole representative in the main ‘peloton’ behind Jan Tratnik and Nils Politt.The team hadn’t been…

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“Hands up if you think Jonas Vingegaard is going to win the stage!” O Gran Camiño’s race commentator repeatedly asked the finish line crowds at Castelo de Ribadavia braving the cold and occasional heavy spots of rain as the Dane launched his second solo attack in as many days.Given the crowd were likely rooting for popular local pro Carlos Canal (Movistar), who finally placed second, only a few ‘voted’ for Vingegaard the first time round. But with five kilometres left to go, and Vingegaard’s advantage staying steadily around the half-minute mark, even the most partisan of local fans bowed to…

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Lidl-Trek may not have walked away from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with the victory they had hoped for 127km earlier at the ‘t Kuipke velodrome in Gent.The US team finished the race in Ninove with third and fourth place, having animated the day and placed two riders in the winning move, attacking repeatedly in the final before missing out on victory in the finishing sprint.In the end, it was Elisa Longo Borghini who stepped on the podium at Omloop for the first time in her career of 13 starts, while 22-year-old Shirin van Anrooij ended her debut at the Belgian season…

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Going into the Muur van Geraardsbergen, Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) was pulling the group of favourites to win the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, just a few seconds behind solo leader Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl-Trek). When push came to shove, however, she couldn’t follow Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx-Protime), eventual winner Marianne Vos (Visma-Lease a Bike), and Shirin van Anrooij (Lidl-Trek) on the steepest part of the iconic climb. As part of a four-rider chase group in the final, the 29-year-old had to settle for seventh place in Ninove. Despite finishing in the chase group, she said she was pleased to see Vos take the victory.“I…

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World Champion Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx-Protime) has expressed disappointment at finishing second at the 2024 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday. Kopecky, who just won the overall title at the UAE Tour, lined up as one of the overwhelming favourites but was outsprinted by a faster Marianne Vos (Visma-Lease a Bike) from a four-rider breakaway that raced into the finish line in Ninove.”I have reached a point where I am no longer satisfied with second place. I did everything I could to make the difference,” Kopecky said at the finish line.The big question ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was whether anyone could…

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Nils Politt began his first campaign with his new squad, UAE Team Emirates, metres away from the first Spring Classics win of his career, narrowly missing out on Jan Tratnik in the closing sprint at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after the pair escaped inside the final 10km of the race.Second place in Ninove marks the best Omloop result in nine starts and equals his second place at Paris-Roubaix, where he also missed out in the final sprint – then to Philippe Gilbert – back in 2019.The German champion was positive about the result afterwards, even if he didn’t quite manage to add…

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Visma-Lease A Bike came into the 2024 Opening Weekend, having dominated the pair of Belgian season openers last spring before going on to do the same for much of the Spring Classics.It was no surprise, then, that the Dutch squad repeated the trick at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, once again finishing in Ninove with a rider bookending the podium spots.What may have come as something of a shock, however, is that, on a team featuring cobbled Classics stars Wout van Aert, Dylan van Baarle, and Christophe Laporte, it was Slovenian veteran Jan Tratnik who ended the day with the…

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While Jonas Vingegaard’s solo victory on stage 2 of O Gran Camiño was the logical focus of interest on Friday, a fourth spot for new teammate Cian Uijtdebroeks on an ultra-hard day of racing through the hills of Galicia could hardly be ignored either.Although not quite at the level of Vingegaard, Egan Bernal (Ineos-Grenadiers) and Jefferson Cepeda (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Uijtdebroeks dug deep on the winding, steep climb of San Pedro de Licora and finished the rain-soaked, freezing stage just 50 seconds down.The 20-year-old’s fine effort in his first race of the season with his new squad not only netted…

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