8 conclusions from Opening Weekend

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) leads a move at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (Image credit: Getty Images)

At the weekend, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne combined to give us a first taste of the Classics in 2021. 

Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won the Omloop in an uncommon bunch sprint, after his teammate, the world champion Julian Alaphilippe, had launched a long-range solo attack. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.