Kasper Asgreen: It's not only us and Jumbo-Visma at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

MONCHIQUE PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 17 Kasper Asgreen of Denmark and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl competes during the 48th Volta Ao Algarve 2022 Stage 2 a 1824km stage from Albufeira to Alto Da Foia Monchique 890m VAlgarve2022 on February 17 2022 in Monchique Portugal Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Kasper Asgreen (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) racing at the recent Volta ao Algarve (Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Year-on-year, the QuickStep-AlphaVinyl team heads into the spring Classics as the team to beat, no surprise given their 59 wins on the cobbles stretching back to 2003.

The Belgian squad has racked up eight Tour of Flanders and six Paris-Roubaix victories in that time. Those cobbled Monuments are still some weeks away but the first order of business is Opening Weekend and Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a race QuickStep have won four times in the 19 years since Patrick Lefevere founded the team — including two wins in the past three editions.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to 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, Remco Evenepoel, and Demi Vollering.

 

As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix.