'I see De Lie as a favourite' – Lotto's rising star prepares for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad debut

BELLEGARDESURVALSERINE FRANCE FEBRUARY 01 Arnaud De Lie of Belgium and Team Lotto Dstny celebrates at finish line as stage winner during the 53rd Etoile de Besseges Tour Du Gard 2023 Stage 1 a 16218km stage from Bellegarde to Bellegarde EDB2021 on February 01 2023 in BellegardesurValserine France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Arnaud De Lie wins stage 1 of the Etoile de Besseges (Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

It's the midweek before Belgian cycling's much anticpated Opening Weekend, and teams are heading out onto the cobbles and hills of East Flanders to get a taste of the course ahead of the weekend's races.

Past winners Sep Vanmarcke, Greg Van Avermaet, and Jasper Stuyven are among those riding the route with their teams, while Flandrian squad Lotto-Dstny are also hitting the roads with Victor Campenaerts and Arnaud De Lie.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.