Crashes, mechanicals, and a top-five: Rollercoaster Omloop for Campenaerts

NINOVE, BELGIUM - FEBRUARY 26: Victor Campenaerts of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal competes during the 77th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2022 - Men's Race a 204,2km race from Ghent to Ninove / #OHN22 / @FlandersClassic / #WorldTour / on February 26, 2022 in Ninove, Belgium. (Photo by Vincent Kalut - Pool/Getty Images)
Victor Campenaerts (Image credit: Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Victor Campenaerts issued a statement of intent and something of a rallying cry ahead of the Opening Weekend of the cobbled Classics, outlining his own ambitions as a newfound Classics rider and the way his Lotto Soudal teammates would "tear the races to pieces".

After Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the first of this weekend’s double-header in Belgium, he has been proven true to his word.

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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.