Davide Ballerini triumphs in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Feb 27 2021 11:10 pm CET

Davide Ballerini triumphs in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Davide Ballerini triumphs in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) has taken the victory of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on a day the race came down to a bunch sprint.

The first race of the opening weekend was 200.5 kilometres long between Ghent and Ninove over the traditional route that included the Muur/Kapelmuur and the Bosberg. There was an early escape of five riders that included Ryan Gibbons (UAE Team Emirates) and Yevgeniy Fedorov (Astana-Premier Tech).

At around 40 kilometres to go, the last escapee was caught and soon after a new front group was created that included some of the favourites to win the race like Julian Alaphilippe, Zdenek Stybar, Greg Van Avermaet, Tom Pidcock, Matteo Trentin and Sepp Vanmarcke, among others. Around ten kilometres later, Alaphilippe launched an attack and created a good gap with the rest, and soon after Stybar crashed and was no longer in the chasing group.

With 18 kilometres to go, the World Champion was caught by the chasers, who were then caught by the rest of the pack. On the Kapelmuur, Ineos-Grenadiers' Gianni Moscon took the lead and maintained until the Bosberg, where the pack reeled him back in.

A big group arrived together to the last kilometres and Deceunick-Quick-Step -led by Alaphilippe- took the charge in setting the pace. With a bit more than one kilometre to go, UAE Team Emirates' Alexander Kristoff -who was then one of the favourites as the race came down to a bunch sprint- suffered a mechanical and was left without any chances.

Deceuninck-Quick-Step did a good job and put Davide Ballerini in a good position for him to take the victory, which he did by doing a strong acceleration that left the competition behind and gave him time to do a proper celebration. Jake Stewart (Groupama-FDJ) and Vanmarcke completed the top-three of the race.