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2020 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (World Tour),
Belgium

75th edition: Saturday, February 29, 2020

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad podium history | 2019 edition | Map & profile | Race photos | Start list

Gent - Ninove, 200.0 km

Jasper Stuyven

Jasper Stuyven wins the 75th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Sirotti photo

Weather at the finish city of Ninove at 1:50 PM, local time: 9C (48F), rain showers & windy. The wind is from the southwest at 35 km/hr (22 mph). The rain is forecast to end around 3:15.

The race: Here's the report from 3rd-place Soren Andersen's Team Sunweb.

The cobbled classic began today with the first race of the “Opening Weekend”, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. With a tough 200 kilometre long parcours awaiting the riders, combined with swirling winds and strong rain, it proved to be a really tough day out in the saddle.

An early break was able to form after the flag drop and they quickly built up their lead to over seven minutes at one point. Yet, with exposed sections of road looming in the distance, the bunch soon increased the pace and the gap began to tumble.

The peloton split into several groups, with Nils Eekhoff riding strongly to make the front group of 16. However, the route then turned into a headwind and the pace once again slowed down and the peloton was able to regroup. Tiesj Benoot made some testing attacks but wasn’t able to make anything stick before Søren Kragh Andersen escaped in a breakaway group with 70 kilometres to go.

With a lot of teams represented, their advantage grew out to over two minutes as the number of cobble sections, climbs and kilometres ticked by. In the peloton behind Benoot did a great job to follow and mark any dangerous attacks and as the race entered the final 20 kilometres Kragh Andersen’s group held a lead of one minute and 40 seconds.

On the famous Muur, Lampaert and Stuyven put the pressure on in the breakaway, splitting the group. Kragh Andersen dug deep to gain contact with them over the top and the trio worked well over the Bosberg to hold off the chasers. Heading into the final three kilometres to go they had an advantage of 20 seconds and the attacks started. On his limit, Kragh Andersen was unable to follow the duo, but dug deep and crossed the line for a strong third place in what was his opening race of the season.

“Guys were starting to jump in the headwind and I followed a few attacks,” explained Kragh Andersen at the finish. “After a few times I thought I would try to go myself as we wanted to be active in the front. Suddenly we had a gap and a good group, and we worked together so the gap got bigger and bigger. I felt my legs on the Muur and the Bosberg. The other two were slightly stronger than me on the climbs so I was gambling for a sprint against them, and hoping they were empty. They attacked and I had nothing left so just tried to come as fast as possible to the finish. I’m really happy to finish on the podium at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, it is a big race and everyone is in top shape. Also for the team to start the classics campaign with a podium is really good. We aim for the win in the future and of course would have liked to win today but we have to start somewhere so I’m really happy and the team is really happy with the result.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “I think in general that we can be happy with the result and how we raced today. Søren made the attack with 70 kilometres to go and got some good riders with him. Tiesj was able to follow any moves behind to protect Søren and we were always in the game at the front or in the bunch. In the final Søren could follow Lampaert and Stuyven who were the best of the group. It turned out the third place was the best result possible and we can be happy with the podium spot in the first classics race of the season.”

Complete Results:

Race photos

200.0 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.552 km/hr

1 STUYVEN Jasper Trek-Segafredo 5hr 3min 24sec
2 LAMPAERT Yves Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
3 KRAGH ANDERSEN Soren Team Sunweb @ 6sec
4 TRENTIN Matteo CCC Team 0:39
5 DECLERCQ Tim Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:28
6 TEUNISSEN Mike Jumbo-Visma s.t.
7 NAESEN Oliver Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
8 GILBERT Philippe Lotto-Soudal s.t.
9 KUNG Stefan Groupama-FDJ s.t.
10 SENECHAL Florian Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
11 VAN AERT Wout Jumbo-Visma s.t.
12 DRUCKER Jempy Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
13 VAN AVERMAET Greg CCC Team s.t.
14 BENOOT Tiesj Team Sunweb s.t.
15 FRISON Frederik Lotto-Soudal s.t.
16 ROELANDTS Jurgen Movistar s.t.
17 DILLIER Silvan Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
18 TEUNS Dylan Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
19 DE GENDT Aime Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
20 POSTLBERGER Lukas Bora-hansgrohe 2:10
21 VALGREN Michael NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
22 HAUSSLER Heinrich Bahrain-McLaren 2:20
23 VANMARCKE Sep EF Pro Cycling s.t.
24 THWAITES Scott Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
25 TURGIS Anthony Total Direct Energie s.t.
26 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan CCC Team s.t.
27 JACOBS Johan Movistar s.t.
28 WELLENS Tim Lotto-Soudal s.t.
29 PLANCKAERT Edward Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
30 VAN GESTEL Dries Total Direct Energie s.t.
31 SCHAR Michael CCC Team s.t.
32 JUNGELS Bob Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
33 TERPSTRA Niki Total Direct Energie s.t.
34 VAN MOER Brent Lotto-Soudal 2:24
35 ASGREEN Kasper Deceuninck-Quick Step 4:03
36 STYBAR Zdenek Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
37 BIERMANS Jenthe Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
38 SWIFT Ben Team INEOS s.t.
39 EENKHOORN Pascal Jumbo-Visma 4:48
40 DE BONDT Dries Alpecin-Fenix 4:53
41 VENTURINI Clement Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
42 ALLEGAERT Piet Cofidis s.t.
43 VAN RENSBURG Reinardt NTT Pro Cycling 5:58
44 WARLOP Jordi Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
45 KIRSCH Alex Trek-Segafredo 6:00
46 NOPPE Christophe Arkea-Samsic 7:26
47 POLITT Nils Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
48 MARCATO Marco UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
49 STANNARD Ian Team INEOS s.t.
50 COLBRELLI Sonny Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
51 KEUKELEIRE Jens EF Pro Cycling s.t.
52 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
53 AFFINI Edoardo Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
54 MOSCON Gianni Team INEOS s.t.
55 VAN ASBROECK Tom Israel Start-Up Nation 9:32
56 SCHELLING Ide Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
57 VAN POPPEL Boy Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
58 KONYCHEV Alexander Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
59 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
60 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume CCC Team s.t.
61 LEMOINE Cyril Cofidis s.t.
62 SWIFT Connor Arkea-Samsic s.t.
63 MAES Nikolas Lotto-Soudal s.t.
64 CAPIOT Amaury Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
65 VAKOC Petr Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
66 PEDERSEN Mads Trek-Segafredo s.t.
67 WYNANTS Maarten Jumbo-Visma s.t.
68 FELLINE Fabio Astana s.t.
69 WRIGHT Alfred Bahrain-McLaren 9:46

2020 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad map & profile:

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad map

2020 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad map

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad profile

2020 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad profile


2020 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Yves Lanmpaert

Yves Lampaert is dressed for a February Belgian race as his Deceuninck-Quick Step team is presented during the starting ceremonies.

Mads Pedersen

World road champion Mads Pedersen

Alexander Kristoff

Alexander Kristoff

Israel Start-Up Nation

Team Israel Start-Up Nation

Niki Terpstra

Niki Terpstra on the Haaghoek sector

Bob Jungels

Bob Jungels pounds up the Grammont

Michael Valgreen Andersen

Michael Valgreen Andersen

NilsPolitt

Nils Politt

Sep Vanmarcke

Sep Vanmarcke

Florian Senechal

Florian Senechal

Bert-Jan Lindeman

Bert-Jan Lindeman

Laengen Stake, Vegard

Vegard Stake Laengen

Jasper Stuyven

Jasper Stuyven has won a big one.

Jasper Stuyven

Jasper Stuyven celebrates his win.

Matteo Trentin

Matteo Trentin finishes fourth.

Tim Declercq

Tim Declercq is fifth.

Heinrich Haussler

Heinrich Haussler leads in a group for 22nd place.

Jasper Stuyven

Winner Jasper Stuyven just after the race.

Yves Lampaert

Second-place Yves Lampaert doesn't have the same crowd.

Jasper Stuyven

Race winner Jasper Stuyven

The podium

The podium, from left: Yves Lampaert (2nd), Jasper Stuyven (1st) & Soren Andersen (3rd)


Start list with back numbers, February 28, 2020:

Deceninck-Quick Step
1 STYBAR Zdenek
2 ASGREEN Kasper
3 DECLERCQ Tim
4 JUNGELS Bob
5 KEISSE Iljo
6 LAMPAERT Yves
7 SENECHAL Florian
Trek-Segafredo
11 PEDERSEN Mads
12 SIMMONS Quinn
13 KIRSCH Alex
14 LIEPINS Emils
15 MULLEN Ryan
16 STUYVEN Jasper
17 THEUNS Edward
Lotto-Soudal
21 GILBERT Philippe
22 FRISON Frederik
23 MAES Nikolas
24 VAN GOETHEM Brian
25 VAN MOER Brent
26 DIBBEN Jonathan
27 WELLENS Tim
CCC Team
31 VAN AVERMAET Greg
32 KOCH Jonas
33 SCHAR Michael
34 TRENTIN Matteo
35 VAN HOECKE Gijs
36 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
37 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
Ag2r La Mondiale
41 NAESEN Oliver
42 DILLIER Silvan
43 DUVAL Julien
44 GODON Dorian
45 GOUGEARD Alexis
46 NAESEN Lawrence
47 VANDENBERGH Stijn
EF Education First
51 VANMARCKE Sep
52 HOFLAND Moreno
53 KEUKELEIRE Jens
54 OWEN Logan
55 RUTSCH Jonas
56 SCULLY Thomas
57 VAN DEN BERG Julius
Astana
61 DE VREESE Laurens
62 ARANBURU DEBA Alex
63 FELLINE Fabio
64 GRUZDEV Dmitriy
65 HOULE Hugo
66 BOARO Manuele
67 GIDICH Yevgeniy
Bahrain-McLaren
71 TEUNS Dylan
72 SIEBERG Marcel
73 BOLE Grega
74 COLBRELLI Sonny
75 HAUSSLER Heinrich
76 PIBERNIK Luka
77 WRIGHT Fred
Bora-hansgrohe
81 BASKA Erik
82 DRUCKER Jean-Pierre
83 GAMPER Patrick
84 LAAS Martin
85 POSTLBERGER Lukas
86 SCHELLING Ide
87 SCHILLINGER Andreas
Cofidis
91 CLAEYS Dimitri
92 ALLEGAERT Piet
93 LEMOINE Cyril
94 MORIN Emmanuel
95 TOUZE Damien
96 VANBILSEN Kenneth
97 VERMOTE Julien
Groupama-FDJ
101 KUNG Stefan
102 SARREAU Marc
103 DELAGE Mickael
104 GENIETS Kevin
105 LE GAC Olivier
106 LIENHARD Fabian
107 LUDVIGSSON Tobias
Israel Start-Up Nation
111 POLITT Nils
112 BIERMANS Jenthe
113 BOIVIN Guillaume
114 MCCABE Travis
115 WURTZ SCHMIDT Mads
116 NEILANDS Krists
117 VAN ASBROECK Tom
Mitchelton-Scott
121 AFFINI Edoardo
122 BEWLEY Sam
123 DURBRIDGE Luke
124 EDMONDSON Alexander
125 KONYCHEV Alexander
126 SMITH Dion
127 STANNARD Robert
Movistar
131 ROELANDTS Jurgen
132 CULLAIGH Gabriel
133 HOLLMANN Juri
134 JACOBS Johan
135 JORGENSON Matteo
136 MAS BONET Lluis
137 PRADES REVERTE Eduard
Team INEOS
141 STANNARD Ian
142 DOULL Owain
143 LAWLESS Christopher
144 MOSCON Gianni
145 ROWE Luke
146 SWIFT Ben
147 BASSO Leonardo
Jumbo-Visma
151 VAN AERT Wout
152 EENKHOORN Pascal
153 JANSEN Amund Grondahl
154 LINDEMAN Bertjan
155 TEUNISSEN Mike
156 VAN DER HOORN Taco
157 WYNANTS Maarten
NTT Pro Cycling
161 VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
162 GOGL Michael
163 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
164 VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
165 STOKBRO NIELSEN Andreas
166 TILLER Rasmus
167 BATTISTELLA Samuele
Team Sunweb
171 BENOOT Tiesj
172 ARNDT Nikias
173 DENZ Nico
174 EEKHOFF Nils
175 KRAGH ANDERSEN Soren
176 PEDERSEN Casper
177 SUTTERLIN Jasha
UAE-Team Emirates
181 KRISTOFF Alexander
182 BJERG Mikkel
183 BOHLI Tom
184 COVI Alessandro
185 LAENGEN Vegard
186 MARCATO Marco
187 MOLANO Juan
Alpecin-Fenix
191 DE TIER Floris
192 DE BONDT Dries
193 LEYSEN Senne
194 SBARAGLI Kristian
195 THWAITES Scott
196 VAKOC Petr
197 VERGAERDE Otto
Wallonie-Bruxelles
201 LIETAER Eliot
202 NOMMELA Aksel
203 PAASSCHENS Mathijs
204 ROBEET Ludovic
205 SIX Franklin
206 SUTER Joel
207 TAMINIAUX Lionel
Circus-Wanty Gobert
211 DE GENDT Aime
212 DE WINTER Ludwig
213 OFFREDO Yoann
214 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter
215 VAN POPPEL Boy
216 VAN POPPEL Danny
217 VLIEGEN Loïc
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
221 CAPIOT Amaury
222 DE WILDE Gilles
223 PLANCKAERT Edward
224 SPRENGERS Thomas
225 DELTOMBE Kevin
226 BEULLENS Cedric
227 WARLOP Jordi
Arkea-Samsic
231 JARRIER Benoit
232 LEDANOIS Kevin
233 MCLAY Daniel
234 NOPPE Christophe
235 RUSSO Clement
236 SWIFT Connor
237 WELTEN Bram
Total Direct Energie
241 TERPSTRA Niki
242 GAUDIN Damien
243 MANZIN Lorrenzo
244 PETIT Adrien
245 SOUPE Geoffrey
246 TURGIS Anthony
247 VAN GESTEL Dries