Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite 2017

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BMC's Greg Van Avermaet followed up his 2016 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad win with a successful title defense in 2017. The 30-year-old Belgian showed both strong early-season form and a savvy racing sense en route to his second victory in the 197-km semi-Classic, upgraded to the WorldTour this year. Making his way safely through the early goings and a hectic few kilometres midway through the race, he found himself in a select trio with world champ Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) and outsprinted both to take the win in Ghent.

A crash on the Donderij cobbles knocked several contenders, including Quick-Step's Tom Boonen, out of the race. Those who escaped the carnage had little time to take a breath, however, with a flurry of attacks breaking up the bunch in the following kilometres.

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team4:55:06
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 1 - Cell 2
3Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-DrapacRow 2 - Cell 2
4Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:45
5Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:52
6Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 5 - Cell 2
7Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 7 - Cell 2
9Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:00:56
10Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:58

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