Lotto Soudal take the initiative but leave empty handed at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Tiesj Benoot at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

There was a cruel irony in Lotto Soudal ’s first Classics outing of 2018 at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad . The theme of last spring was aggressive racing and decisive selections being made early, and a subtheme was Lotto Soudal missing out on almost all of those selections. Seemingly eager to make amends at the first possible opportunity, the Belgian team took the race by the scruff of the neck on Saturday and went on the early offensive through Tim Wellens and Tiesj Benoot , only for the race to boil down to the Muur van Geraardsbergen and Bosberg in the final 17 kilometres, by which point they were nowhere to be seen. “We should have just waited for the Muur..." said a rueful Wellens at the finish line. “You never know if the early moves are the right choice but today it was the wrong choice.” Riding the first cobbled ...

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