Jumbo-Visma and Laporte miss Opening Weekend double by 50 metres

KUURNE BELGIUM FEBRUARY 27 Christophe Laporte of France and Team Jumbo Visma competes during the 74th Kuurne Bruxelles Kuurne 2022 a 1951km race from Kuurne to Kuurne KuurneBxlKuurne on February 27 2022 in Kuurne Belgium Photo by Eric Lalmand PoolGetty Images
Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma) drives the near-miss breakaway at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (Image credit: Eric Lalmand PoolGetty Images)

While Taco van der Hoorn may have prepared for his day in the break — and agonisingly late catch — at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne for months beforehand, for fellow breakmate, eighth-place finisher Christophe Laporte, the result, on his debut for Jumbo-Visma came with rather less preparation.

The Frenchman made the switch to the Dutch squad for 2022 in part to help Classics leader Wout van Aert through the spring. However, a COVID-19 infection in January saw his season debut delayed, meaning that, while Van Aert raced to victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Laporte missed him by a day — but still came close to securing an Opening Weekend double.

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Dani Ostanek
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