De Lie overcomes crash to confirm Classics potential at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Arnaud De Lie
Arnaud De Lie gives chase on the Muur van Geraardsbergen (Image credit: Getty)

Dylan van Baarle and Jumbo-Visma carried off the spoils but Arnaud De Lie came away with plenty of plaudits after he overcame a crash to take second place in his Omloop Het Nieuwsblad debut.

The 20-year-old was a faller with 50km remaining and he was forced into a desperate lone pursuit after a bike change ahead of the Molenberg. Despite the energy expended there, the Lotto-Dstny rider still had the strength to join the four-man chasing group that formed behind Van Baarle over the Muur van Geraardsbergen.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.