Stannard wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Sky rider outsprints Van Avermaet

Ian Stannard (Team Sky) claimed a thrilling edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in a two-up sprint against BMC's Greg Van Avermaet. The pair slipped clear of the main field inside the closing kilometres of the race and despite a late chase from Omega Pharma-Quickstep and Belkin, the pair held on to decide the race in a sprint finish.

Heading into the final few hundred meters, van Avermaet moved to the front but Stannard, with a strong pedigree from his track racing days, kicked out and had enough to hold off a late challenge from the Belgian rider.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) finished third, giving Sky two riders on the podium, after the Norwegian beat Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Sep Vanmarcke (Team Belkin to the line).

Boasson Hagen and Terpstra had joined forces moments before the winning move when a dangerous group had slipped clear, but after Lars Boom punctured and Yoann Offredo crashed, the group lost its impetus.

With Boasson Hagen and Terpstra caught, Stannard and Van Avermaet seized the initiative forged clear.

Goodbye Kristof

The traditional opener of the Belgian road season in Ghent started at half past 11 with a minute of silence to pay tribute to the late Kristof Goddaert and Ghent's art pope Jan Hoet, who both passed away recently. Goddaert's teammates from the IAM team lined up in front of the peloton on a chilly, foggy and quiet St-Peter's square.

Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis), Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty), Stijn Steels (Topsport), Maciej Paterski (CCC), Christophe Laborie (Bretagne-Séché Environnement), Andreas Schillinger (Netapp), Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Katusha), and Ramon Sinkeldam (Giant Shimano) animated the first half of the race, breaking clear inside the first 30 kilometres.

After nearly 150km, the last four survivors of this group were caught by the peloton. The damage in the peloton caused by the series of slippery roads, pavé and the typical bergs was severe. The biggest victims of the multiple crashes were Thor Hushovd (BMC) and Alexandre Pichot (Europcar), who were both forced to leave the race with injuries.

The ascents of the Taaienberg, Eikenberg and Wolvenberg showed that Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin), Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) and Nikki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) all had good legs, while the expected attack from Tom Boonen on the Taaienberg never materialized.

Around 40 riders survived all the attacks and hit the Leberg 42km from the finish in Ghent. Greg van Avermaet (BMC) put in an acceleration on the Leberg, but once the pace dropped, a few other riders managed to sneak away. The group included Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky), Lars Boom (Belkin), Yoann Offredo (FDJ.fr), Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr), Nikki Tepstra, Egoitz Garcia (Cofidis) and Kenneth Van Bilsen (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise).

When the group turned the corner onto the Molenberg at 37km from the finish, Offredo fell while riding in third position. Terpstra and Boom hammered up the cobbled climb and discovered at the top that they were the sole leaders. Boasson Hagen, Van Bilsen and Démare eventually managed to bridge back up to the Dutch duo when hitting the 2.4km-long former Roman road of the Paddestraat, with 30km to go to the finish.

On the Paddestraat, Boom led the leaders over the wet cobbles while Vanmarcke led the peloton at 35 seconds. Halfway over the cobbles, a fierce acceleration from Terpstra was answered only by Boom and Boasson Hagen. The three leaders had a gap of 45 seconds, but the co-operation was lacking.

When Boom flatted and fell back to the bunch Terpstra and Boasson Hagen began to attack each other, a clear sign that any partnership would be fleeting at best.

At the final pavé section called the "Lange Munte", the remains of the peloton were only 20 seconds down on the two leaders. Boasson Hagen and Terpstra exchanged attacks but ended up in the clutches of the bunch.

With 17km to go, about 20 riders were battling for the victory. A peloton with Tom Boonen trailed the leaders by 50 seconds.

Stannard wasted no time and when several groups came together; he blasted away on the wider roads towards Ghent, with only van Avermaet holding his wheel.

It looked as though victory would certainly come down to the two leaders but when Terpstra and Vanmarcke attacked, with Boasson Hagen for company, it looked as though the race was playing into the Norwegian's hands. However, Stannard and Van Avermaet remained consistent in their turns and only inside the final kilometre, with the chase too far back, did they start to watch each other.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky4:49:55 
2Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky0:00:24 
4Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
5Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
6Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:34 
7Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team  
8Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
9Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
10Arnaud Demare (Fra) Fdj.fr  
11Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
12Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
13Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
14Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
15Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
16Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
17Johan Le Bon (Fra) Fdj.fr0:01:41 
18Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
19Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:47 
20Yoann Offredo (Fra) Fdj.fr  
21Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:43 
22Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha  
23Christophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
24Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
25Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
26Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
27Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
28Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:03:46 
29Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
30Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
31Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha  
32Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
33Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
34Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:09:14 
35Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol  
36Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka  
37Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
38Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
39Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol  
40Clément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
41Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
42Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
43Kiryll Pozdnyakov (Rus) Rusvelo  
44Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka  
45Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
46Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
47Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
48Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
49Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
50Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol  
51Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura  
52Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
53Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
54Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
55David Boucher (Fra) Fdj.fr  
56Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp - Endura  
57Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
58Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
59Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
60Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
61Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
62Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp  
63Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
64Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar  
65Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
66Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar  
67Anthony Geslin (Fra) Fdj.fr  
68Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
69Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
70Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp  
71Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
72Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
73Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
74Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
75Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
76Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano  
77Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha  
78Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
79Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling  
80Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
81Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky  
82Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp  
83Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Rusvelo0:14:02 
84Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha  
85Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
86Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
87Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
88Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha  
89Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
90Nicola Testi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
91Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling  
92Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
93Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
94Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
95Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
96Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
97Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
98Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky  
99David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp  
100Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) Fdj.fr  
101Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
102Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
103Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
104Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
105Benjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFLuca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha  
DNFViacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFRudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha  
DNFKenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
DNFFrederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
DNFIljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
DNFSteve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFThomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
DNFBram Tankink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMaarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
DNFThor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
DNFKlaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
DNFRick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
DNFMichael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) Fdj.fr  
DNFMickael Delage (Fra) Fdj.fr  
DNFSteele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp  
DNFJohan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp  
DNFVincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFAlexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFAngelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFTom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
DNFChristian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
DNFSalvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
DNFChristopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky  
DNFManuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFMarco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFAntonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFAndrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFErwann Corbel (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFPierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFPawel Charucki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFPiotr Gawronski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFTomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFAdrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFJaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFNikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFJacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFRomain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFKevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling  
DNFDominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling  
DNFPirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling  
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling  
DNFAndreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFIgor Boev (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFLeonid Krasnov (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFRoman Maikin (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFAndrei Solomennikov (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFGennadiy Tatarinov (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFBlaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp - Endura  
DNFRalf Matzka (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
DNFJonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura  
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
DNFPaul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
DNFKevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFJan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFFrederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  

 

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