Omloop 2017: GVA golden in Ghent, Brand brings it home for Sunweb

One thing I’ve learned from watching spectatorless desert races ridden on four-lane highways is this: they make me even more thirsty for the start of the cobbled classics. And today’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was like a long, cool drink of water, courtesy of Lion of the Peloton™ Peter Sagan‘s move in the final 50km that busted the race apart. But it was Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) who took his second Omloop victory in a three-up sprint with Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale Drapac) second and third respectively.
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Tweets of the Week: #BALA100, Omloop fever and love in the air

The peloton has been very vowel orientated in their racing this past week – Andalucian Ruta del Sol, Volta ao Algarve and Tour of Oman – and we have the tweets to prove it. Big news of the week was the #Bala100 (sounds like what they would race in Breaking Away), a Schleck wedding, Belgium starts putting out Classics decorations and our gruppetto is filled with the joys and hard graft of cycling.
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Paris-Roubaix review: Hayman delivers a Velodrome haymaker

37-year-old veteran Mathew Hayman recorded the most important victory of his entire career in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, spectacularly out-sprinting a stellar group containing pre-race favourite Tom Boonen in the famous velodrome. The Belgian came across the line in second place, while Ian Stannard completed the podium. Fabian Cancellara bade a sad farewell to his favourite race, with his hopes dashed by an unfortunate crash. Continue reading