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by Mark Zalewski
February 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Barbin wins sixth stage in Langkawi, Gibbons remains in lead; Aristi wins Tropicale Amissa Bongo opener; Sergio Henao wins Colombian road title; Bike Pure: No testing done at recent UCI cyclocross races, says riders offered drugs at events; Peloton shaking its collective head over Sagan; Directors upset over sidewalk riding in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Vanmarcke points to Sagan for missing out on Omloop win; Quintana on disc brakes: heavier, less aero, and dangerous; Tony Martin unable to finish Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after hard crash; Patrick Lefevere follows racing action from helicopter; Boonen taking early season setbacks in stride; British Government backpedals on reforms for injured cyclists to claim compensation; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour preview: Alice Barnes; On-board highlights from the Abu Dhabi Tour; Pedestrian tries to kick cyclist off bicycle.
Cannondale-Drapac’s Sep Vanmarcke was in a position to possibly repeat his 2012 win at Omloop Het Nieuewsblad on Saturday, coming into the finale with Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe). However, as the sprint wound-up in the curve of the closing metres Sagan went wide, forcing Vanmarcke to go the long way around, giving Van Avermaet an inside line for the sprint.
“Before I was resigned for third place,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws. “But now it feels like a missed an opportunity.”
While Vanmarcke realised that he was with two fast finishers in the end, and that things would have to align perfectly, he felt better and better as the finish approached and his strength remained.
With this he planned to start the sprint first, but it did not go as he expected. “For some reason Sagan went very wide out of the last corner. I sat a moment and lost all my speed. Then you know you’ve lost. It was like a sprinter in full sprint using his brakes — it is hopeless.
“It was surprising. Especially since he has his own sprint and also ruined it.”
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