Van Avermaet Rues Missed Chance For Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Hat-Trick

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) in the breakaway at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is the traditional first test for the cobbled Classics specialists. Last year's winner Greg Van Avermaet ( BMC Racing ) was the pre-race favourite after his major challenger Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) opted to skip the Belgian opening weekend, but it wasn't to be for the Olympic Champion. On a redesigned course that featured the old Ronde van Vlaanderen finale, it turned out to be much harder than expected for Van Avermaet to fight for the win. In the final kilometres, Michael Valgren Andersen (Astana) jumped away from the elite lead group towards victory. Most of the riders in the lead group were eventually brought back by the peloton that sprinted for fourth place. After the race, Van Avermaet couldn't hide his disappointment. "I'm pleased with my form and I featured in the favourites' group. It's a pity there were only attacks and no real co-operation in ...

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