'Not a disaster but a wake-up call' - QuickStep fall flat again at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

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QuickStep-AlphaVinyl at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Image credit: Sprint Cycling Agency)

It had been foretold and it came to pass. “Often we get our asses kicked at the Opening Weekend,” QuickStep-AlphaVinyl director Tom Steels had told Cyclingnews earlier in the week, and a kicking was just what they got on Saturday afternoon at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

The Belgian team are the perennial reference point of the spring and it’s written into their DNA to open and dictate the cobbled Classics but, as Steels noted, they have a turbulent relationship with the Omloop and it’s companion, Sunday’s Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.