72nd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (02/03-2019) - 200 km

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Stybar deserved victory. Chose the perfect moment to attack.

Van Avermaet looked a bit too eager to me. But as fastest in the group he is forced to react to everything anyway. Perhaps he hoped to make a smaller selection on the Bosberg, but he couldn't drop the others. Always hard to control a group of 5.

Otherwise a lot of not so hot contenders. But it's still early March ofcourse..
 
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
Otherwise a lot of not so hot contenders. But it's still early March ofcourse..
Vanmarcke is the biggest question mark to me. He's normally very good here and he looked in shape earlier in the season, but was dropped like a stone today.

Van Aert had no racing days (on the road) before today so a bit of rust could be expected.

And what about Valgren? Never seen him today.
 
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SafeBet said:
Dekker_Tifosi said:
Otherwise a lot of not so hot contenders. But it's still early March ofcourse..
Vanmarcke is the biggest question mark to me. He's normally very good here and he looked in shape earlier in the season, but was dropped like a stone today.

Van Aert had no racing days (on the road) before today so a bit of rust could be expected.

And what about Valgren? Never seen him today.
Apparently Vanmarcke and Vermote got sick.
 
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GenericBoonenFan said:
SafeBet said:
Dekker_Tifosi said:
Otherwise a lot of not so hot contenders. But it's still early March ofcourse..
Vanmarcke is the biggest question mark to me. He's normally very good here and he looked in shape earlier in the season, but was dropped like a stone today.

Van Aert had no racing days (on the road) before today so a bit of rust could be expected.

And what about Valgren? Never seen him today.
Apparently Vanmarcke and Vermote got sick.
Valgren had also been sick.
 
Happy for Stybar. Him and Greg were the strongest by far but I think Benoot would have definitely made the cut as well.
Some riders (Stuyven, Vanmarcke, Valgren) what happened? I was on Bosberg, Stuyven was riding with a very dark face and Gilbert spat on my mates jeans! Great day out here
Congratulations to you Scarponi
 
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Emotional Cobble Guy said:
Happy for Stybar. Him and Greg were the strongest by far but I think Benoot would have definitely made the cut as well.
Some riders (Stuyven, Vanmarcke, Valgren) what happened? I was on Bosberg, Stuyven was riding with a very dark face and Gilbert spat on my mates jeans! Great day out here
Congratulations to you Scarponi
Valgren has been ill the past week.
 
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SafeBet said:
Dekker_Tifosi said:
Otherwise a lot of not so hot contenders. But it's still early March ofcourse..
Vanmarcke is the biggest question mark to me. He's normally very good here and he looked in shape earlier in the season, but was dropped like a stone today.

Van Aert had no racing days (on the road) before today so a bit of rust could be expected.

And what about Valgren? Never seen him today.
Yeah a lot have good explanations. And a lot of riders got sick, especially the ones racing in Algarve apparently.

Van Aert actually surprised me even though he was dropped later on. He had indeed no race days and came off a rocky CX season. He will be fine in april I guess.
 
Very enjoyable race. Stybar totally deserved that one. Always close to the front on the hills, reacting to the right moves and of course timing that ultimate attack very well. But all of this is much easier when you have great legs obviously.

GVA did what he had to do, which was try to thin out the group as much as possible on the hills, and after the Bosberg, counter every move immediately. Stybar was just a little bit stronger, simple as that.

Some conclusions:

- Sagan's team is looking very good with Oss and Drücker. GVA's team doesn't.
- Trek absolutely horrible.
- Pleasant surprise: Dylan Teuns.
 
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