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2015 Velo Awards: Trouble with numbers

Etixx-Quick-Step wins this dubious honor after missing out on a race win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, despite having a three-man advantage.

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When is one greater than three? When Sky’s Ian Stannard is the only non-Etixx-Quick-Step rider in a four-man break at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad yet manages to take advantage of miscues between Tom Boonen, Nikki Terpstra, and Stijn Vandenbergh to win.

Particularly confusing was Vandenbergh’s decision to follow an attack by Terpstra, effectively towing Stannard back up.

“We gave it away,” Boonen said. “Those two [Etixx teammates] just had to keep riding for the sprint and then we would have won.”

The team’s math issues continued at the Tour de France, when Mark Cavendish’s decision to back off in a sprint gave Fabian Cancellara enough bonus seconds to deny Cav’s Etixx teammate Tony Martin the yellow jersey.