Jakobsen not necessarily Plan A for QuickStep-AlphaVinyl at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

LAGOS PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 16 Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl speaks to the media press prior to the 48th Volta Ao Algarve 2021 Stage 1 a 1991km at stage from Portimo to Lagos VAlgarve2022 on February 16 2022 in Lagos Portugal Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Fabio Jakobsen (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) at the Volta ao Algarve (Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

In the post-mortem of Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Belgian squad QuickStep-AlphaVinyl have had more to digest than many of their rivals, with Florian Sénéchal's ninth place finish the best result for the powerhouse team.

Team boss Patrick Lefevere called the first day of Opening Weekend "one to forget very quickly", claiming that he "saw the rain coming" at 50 kilometres from the finish. The feeling of disappointment at Omloop is not a new one for him or his team — despite recent successes they have triumphed in only four of their 20 years as a team.

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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.