”I have been dreaming about this race all my life, and now I win.”
Yesterday, he tweeted his renewed website was online. Today he provided some great content. After Philippe Gilbert (BMC) was the last in 2008, Omloop het Nieuwsblad has a new Belgian winner: Garmin-Barracuda’s Sep Vanmarcke. In a three-man battle to the finish line, Vanmarcke outsprinted ‘Classics’ Boonen and Flecha and secured his 1st victory as a pro.
With a 3rd spot, Flecha came close and added his 5th podium in six years Omloop to his palmares. After the race, Boonen acknowledged his loss and admitted the last meters to the finish line caught him by surprise: ”I saw the finish this morning and still I get caught. I thought I went at the right moment, but … the race was 50 meters too long (Source: Cyclingnews.com).”
Vanmarcke’s team mate Heinrich Hausler (who celebrated his 28th birthday today) won the field sprint and came in 4th.
Click here for a full race report and results by Cyclingnews.com.
So, today saw the beginning of racing on the Belgian roads. The pre-race footage on Sporza, hearing the Belgian commentators and their lovely expressions…the rambling over the cobbles, the fighting spirit of the riders…it was just all good again! Unlike last year, the race was watched in front of Mr. Telly. Although we agree you get the most out of it this way, being on location and taking in that typical cycling atmosphere is part of the charm.
Tomorrow it’s ‘ride on’ in the 65th edition of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Our picks for the day: Greipel (LTB), Ciolek (OPQS), Cavendish (SKY).
To conclude, the following tweet by @dwuori, which rounds up this day best: ”For those unfamiliar, #omloop is a Dutch word meaning “Thank God there’s racing again.””