Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

February 29, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Greg Van Avermaet wins men’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Lizzie Armitstead wins women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, her first race as world champion; Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne victory for Jasper Stuyven; Marta Bastianelli takes out the Omloop van het Hageland; Sonny Colbrelli victorious at the GP Citta di Lugano; Miguel Angel Lopez leads the Tour de Langkawi, Guardini with two stage wins; Evie Stevens sets new women’s UCI Hour Record; UCI carried out 139 bike checks for mechanical doping at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Tiesj Benoot’s power data from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Stig Broeckx hospitalised after being taken out by moto in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne; In the kitchen with Team Sky.

Greg Van Avermaet wins men’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

by Matt de Neef

After finishing in the top six in the past four editions of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) finally took the top spot on the podium with victory in Saturday’s 2016 edition of the race.

Van Avermaet sprinted to victory from a group of five riders, outpacing world champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal), Luke Rowe (Sky) and Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r La Mondiale) in the uphill drag to the line.

The first four of those riders had broken clear of the peloton on the Taaienberg climb, with just less than 60km to go, in a move initiated by Rowe and followed by Van Avermaet. Benoot and Sagan bridged across. The four would work their way through the remnants of an earlier 12-man breakaway group, with Gougeard the only rider able to keep pace with the quartet.

Etixx-QuickStep had missed the decisive move and took responsibility for the chase. But they were unable to chase down the leaders who, lead by Van Avermaet, crossed the line nine seconds ahead of the bunch.

“It was really important for me to win the first classics race of the season,” Van Avermaet said. “I’m happy that I could finally win a classic like this because I was close a few times here and I know how hard it is to win a classic in the springtime.”

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Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and was shot during Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.