Botched jacket removal costs neo-pro Rutsch shot at victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

OUDENAARDE BELGIUM FEBRUARY 27 Jonas Rutsch of Germany and Team EF Education First during the 75th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2020 Team EF Pro Cycling recon route OHN2020 OHN20 efprocycling on February 27 2020 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Jonas Rutsch (Image credit: Getty Images)

For a neo-pro, mistakes are there to be made, but what you might describe as a 'schoolboy error' cost 22-year-old Jonas Rutsch a potential shot at victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday.

The German, who turned pro with EF Pro Cycling at the start of the year, made it into what turned out to be the decisive move, going clear with Jasper Stuyven, Yves Lampaert and five others with 75km remaining. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.