Van Aert hails 'serious luxury' Benoot as Jumbo-Visma's perfect teamwork secures Omloop victory

NINOVE, BELGIUM - FEBRUARY 26 : pictured during the Flanders Classics 77th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad cycling race with start in Ghent and finish in Ninove on February 26, 2022 in Ninove, Belgium, 26/02/2022 ( Motordriver Kenny Verfaillie - Photo by Vincent Kalut / Photo News
Wout van Aert and Tiesj Benoot working in the lead group during the latter stages of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Image credit: Vincent Kalut / Photo News)

The famous combination of the Muur and Bosberg climbs east of Geraardsbergen have seen the crowning of countless champions in Flanders through the years, historically in the Tour of Flanders, and in the past five years at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, too.

Jumbo-Visma superstar Wout van Aert became the latest to write his name in the history of the Flandrian one-two punch on Saturday afternoon, soloing to victory at the first race of the Opening Weekend double to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for the first time.

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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.