Trentin fights back for fourth after CCC start 'like amateurs' at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

NINOVE BELGIUM FEBRUARY 29 Arrival Matteo Trentin of Italy and CCC Team during the 75th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2020 Men Race a 200km race from Ghent to Ninove OmloopHNB OHN20 on February 29 2020 in Ninove Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Matteo Trentin at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Image credit: Getty Images)

There was a lot of pre-race attention on CCC Team at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and not just because Greg Van Avermaet was said to be in flying form; Saturday's race would be the first Classic in which the Olympic champion linked up with new signing Matteo Trentin.

It was a new experience for Van Avermaet, who has largely been without a co-leader in previous years, and there has been a good deal of intrigue as to how the pair will dovetail their efforts this spring. Added to the glare was the fact that CCC were the only WorldTour team without a win in 2020.

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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.