CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"You know if you are in the break with Stannard he always keeps going until the finish. And normally I should be able to beat him in the sprint. But I think the weather conditions fit him better," Van Avermaet says

Photo: Sirotti

GREG VAN AVERMAET

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

OMLOOP HET NIEUWSBLAD

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

TAYLOR PHINNEY

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

THOR HUSHOVD

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
01.03.2014 @ 20:07 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) had to settle for 2nd when he arrived at the finish with Ian Stannard (Sky) to decide today's opener of the classics season, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Usually, the fastest sprinter of the duo, the Belgian was hugely disappointed after missing what he described a perfect opportunity.

 

BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet finished runner-up to Ian Stannard (Team Sky) Saturday at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. With about 16 kilometers to go in the 198-km race, the two separated themselves from a select group that had been whittled down by the toll of the rain, cold, several crashes and 10 climbs that distinguish the opening Belgian classic.

 

The pair shared the workload to hold off two pursuers – Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin Pro Cycling Team) – and a third in the chase group, Stannard's teammate, Edvald Boasson Hagen, who ultimately finished third. Stannard went to his sprint with 300 meters to go and overcame Van Avermaet's late charge to the line.

 

"During the final, I was really cold, but I thought I could be my best in the sprint," Van Avermaet said. "But he (Stannard) surprised me and took two meters. My body didn't react anymore as I thought it would react. It is a disappointment because I thought I would be the strongest in the sprint."

 

Van Avermaet, fifth place the past two years and fourth in 2009, called his best result in the race a missed opportunity from a perfect situation.

 

"You know if you are in the break with Stannard he always keeps going until the finish," he said. "And normally I should be able to beat him in the sprint. But I think the weather conditions fit him better."

Phinney Finishes Seventh
BMC Racing Team's Taylor Phinney, who was active in the chase of a earlier breakaway that included Lars Boom (Belkin Pro Cycling Team) and Terpstra, finished seventh.

 

"Phinney rode a fantastic race, tactically really well," BMC Racing Team Sporting Manager Allan Peiper said. "He brought the group back to the group of Boom and that made the big difference for Greg in the final."

 

Peiper said there were several take-aways from the team's 10th runner-up result of the season.

 

"It was a disappointment not to win and I think Greg is really disappointed as well, being it is his home race and all the rest," he said. "But looking forward, I think he did a fantastic job as a team leader and the team rode really well as a strong block together. That serves us really well for the classics that are coming up."

Hushovd Crashes Out
The BMC Racing Team lost Norwegian national road champion Thor Hushovd to a crash with about 92 km to go. The race winner here in 2009 said he had no time to react on the rain-slickened pavement.

 

"There was braking in the front and one CCC Polsat guy didn't have time to brake and went straight into me," Hushovd said. "I don't think anything is broken; that's a good thing."

 

Hushovd was taken to a local hospital where X-rays confirmed nothing was broken.

 

Meanwhile, Rick Zabel started the race in place of Manuel Quinziato, who injured his left ankle when it was struck by a wheelchair a few days ago. Dr. Dario Spinelli said in order to allow Quinziato's Achilles to heal, Phinney will replace Quinziato on the roster for Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday.

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13

Currently no news in this list

Diego Mouncio CALDERON
39 years | today
Daniel HABTEMICHAEL
25 years | today
Segio Sebastian CORUJO
41 years | today
Alexander HOLZINGER
27 years | today
Kirsten PEETOOM
34 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com