Greipel wins Omloop Eurometropool in bunch sprint

Van Lerberghe is second, Devriendt is third

Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) claimed his first win since stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday, sprinting to victory in the inaugural Omloop Eurometropool in Belgium.

Geipel took the win ahead of Bert Van Lerberghe (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Tom Devriendt (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) on a day when the peloton was loathe to let any groups get more than a minute advantage. The 177km 1.1 race started in Nieuwpoort and finished with three closing laps in Poperinge after a day of racing on relatively flat roads.

"It was a really fast race; the average speed was around 48 kilometres per hour," Greipel said. "It was also very uncontrolled, as we expected it to be, and we sent Tosh Van der Sande up front in the main breakaway."

The initial breakaway of 13 riders took a long time to establish and never gained more than 30 seconds on the field. It was ultimately brought back with 90km remaining, and the race reshuffled again.

Attacks lifted the pace, but nothing of significance could stick until Alexis Gougeard (AG2R) and Brian van Goethem (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) sneaked off the front and built a small gap. It was not to be, however, as Lotto Soudal were determined to set up their German sprinter, and they pulled back the move before the race entered Poperinge. Another group of seven tried to get away on the circuits, but Lotto Soudal nullified that move as well.

"We took the control of the peloton with 30km to go, and we made sure the race would end in a bunch sprint," Greipel said. "Tosh [van der Sande], Moreno [Hofland], Jens [Debusschere] and Jasper [de Buyst] led me out perfectly. We stayed calm and we rode strongly in the finale."

The win provides a morale boost for Greipel, who recently won field sprints in the Primus Classic and Omloop van het Houtland Lichtervelde after the winning moves went up the road.

"This victory is a relief for me," Greipel said. "Although I won my two previous sprints, these were not for the win. I always tried to keep calm, but that's not easy when you don't win.

"I felt that the confidence between the team and me was still intact and I was sure that I would eventually get back to winning. I'm really happy with our performance today. There is another opportunity tomorrow, and we have riders, like Jasper De Buyst, who can do well in races like this."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal3:43:10 
2Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
3Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
4Rudy Barbier (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
5Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Joker Icopal  
6Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin  
7Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
8Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
9Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
10Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Roubaix - Lille Metropole  
11Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
12Roy Jans (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
13Ole Forfang (Nor) Joker Icopal  
14Arthur Baude (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
15Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
16Dennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
17Aksel Nõmmela (Est) Leopard Pro Cycling  
18Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
19Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
20Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
21Maximilien Picoux (Bel) T.Palm Pôle Continental Wallon  
22Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Roubaix - Lille Metropole  
23Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
24Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
25Jarl Salomein (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
26Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport  
27Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
28Jimmy Raibaud (Fra) Armee De Terre  
29Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
30Mathias De Witte (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
31Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
32Charlie Arimont (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
33Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Oscaro  
34Abram Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
35Boris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Oscaro  
36Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
37Anthony Debuy (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
38Alexander Geuens (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
39Jordan Levasseur (Fra) Armee De Terre  
40David Boucher (Fra) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
41Michiel Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
42John Mandrysch (Ger) Leopard Pro Cycling  
43Andrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
44Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Roubaix - Lille Metropole  
45Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
46Kevyn Ista (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
47Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick - Step Floors  
48Floris De Tier (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
49Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
50Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
51Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Joker Icopal  
52Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
53Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
54Florian Maitre (Fra) Direct Energie  
55Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Fortuneo - Oscaro  
56Gerry Druyts (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
57Jimmy Duquennoy (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
58Bjørn Tore Hoem (Nor) Joker Icopal  
59Edward Walsh (Can) T.Palm Pôle Continental Wallon  
60Szymon Rekita (Pol) Leopard Pro Cycling  
61Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
62Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
63Robin Haubruge (Bel) T.Palm Pôle Continental Wallon  
64Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:07 
65Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:09 
66Jan Brockhoff (Ger) Leopard Pro Cycling0:00:11 
67Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) Roubaix - Lille Metropole  
68Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Team Katusha Alpecin  
69Marco Mathis (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin  
70Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
71Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
72Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
73Norman Vahtra (Est) Ago - Aqua Service  
74Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
75Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
76Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
77Niels De Rooze (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
78Guillaume Haag (Bel) T.Palm Pôle Continental Wallon  
79Lukas Spengler (Swi) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
80Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
81Gordon De Winter (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
82Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
83Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Joker Icopal  
84Jerome Mainard (Fra) Armee De Terre  
85Julien Duval (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
86Brent Van De Kerkhove (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
87Brecht Dhaene (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
88Bastien Duculty (Fra) Armee De Terre  
89Andrew Leigh (GBr) Tarteletto - Isorex0:00:24 
90Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha Alpecin  
91Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
92Piotr Havik (Ned) Team Katusha Alpecin  
93Michael Goolaerts (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
94Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Armee De Terre  
95Lander Seynaeve (Bel) Roubaix - Lille Metropole  
96Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
97Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
98Max Emil Boholm Kørner (Nor) T.Palm Pôle Continental Wallon  
99Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
100Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
101Kenny Molly (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
102Nico Denz (Ger) Ag2R La Mondiale  
103Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Ag2R La Mondiale  
104Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie  
105Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
106Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
107Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
108Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
109Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
110Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
111Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
112Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
113Gaëtan Pons (Lux) Leopard Pro Cycling  
114Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
115Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
116Oliver Naesen (Bel) Ag2R La Mondiale  
117Steven Tronet (Fra) Armee De Terre  
118Yann Guyot (Fra) Armee De Terre  
119Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
120Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
121Lennert Teugels (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
122Tim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
123Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
124Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan0:00:37 
125Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:39 
126Carmelo Foti (Ita) Leopard Pro Cycling0:00:42 
127Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Team Katusha Alpecin  
128Alex Kirsch (Lux) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
129Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
130Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
131Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
132Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
133Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
134Antoine Loy (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
135Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
136Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Fortuneo - Oscaro  
137Merlijn Decoster (Bel) T.Palm Pôle Continental Wallon  
138Brecht Ruyters (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
139Thomas Joly (Fra) Roubaix - Lille Metropole  
140Michiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
141Martin Palm (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
142Kevin Lebreton (Fra) Armee De Terre  
143Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
144Alexis Gougeard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
145Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
146Timothy Stevens (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
147Iver Johan Knotten (Nor) Joker Icopal  
148Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport  
149Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
150Rasmus Fossum Tiller (Nor) Joker Icopal  
151Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:53 
152Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin0:01:16 
153Jonas Goeman (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex0:01:23 
154Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan0:02:20 
155Tom Wirtgen (Lux) Leopard Pro Cycling0:02:56 
156Ángel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha Alpecin0:03:18 
157Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
158Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:04:02 
159Martin Velits (Svk) Quick - Step Floors  
160Alan Riou (Fra) Fortuneo - Oscaro  
161Auxence Buntinx (Bel) T.Palm Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFPiet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFLars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFDaniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFRob Ruijgh (Ned) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFWilliam Elliott (Can) T.Palm Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFPierre Goebeert (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
DNFSander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
DNFLaurent Vanden Bak (Bel) Leopard Pro Cycling  
DNFClement Orceau (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJordi Van Dingenen (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFRobby Cobbaert (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNSDieter Bouvry (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNSPrzemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol) An Post Chain Reaction  
DNSLouis Verhelst (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
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