The four races that make up the men's and women's opening classics delivered plenty of action and provided lots of talking points.
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New Jumbo-Visma signings Christophe Laporte and Tiesj Benoot shine at 'opening weekend.'
'Here it’s about 25-year-olds fighting for the win but over there the 25-year-olds are fighting for freedom' says sprinter.
The Australian sprinter was pipped to the win by Fabio Jakobsen at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, a late addition to his calendar after catching COVID-19.
'I feel really pleased with the guys and how quickly that they’ve come together' says sports director.
Escape trio reeled in within meters of the line as race comes down to bunch sprint, with Caleb Ewan finishing second.
VeloNews is on the ground at the 'opening weekend' and caught up with some of the biggest stars starting Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne
The 19-year-old American is ready for more after a solid start to his classics campaign as he builds up to Paris-Roubaix.
VeloNews is on the ground at the 'opening weekend' – we caught up with some of the biggest stars on the Omloop startline Saturday.
'It doesn’t really work if you have one leader for these races,' says teammate Ethan Hayter.
'At this team, we’re just all normal guys. There’s not too many egos,' says Belgian classics specialist.
The Australian sprinter says he's feeling good but decides to cut down his race days after falling ill.
Team officials are hopeful the three-time world champion can return to form in time for the major northern classics this spring.
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne will not have VIP tents as organizers prepare for extended COVID measures in Belgium.
Danish star shrugs off reported widespread use of ketones in the peloton, and confirms he will not defend Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne title in 2022.
Riders agree that Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert have enormous influences on the classics — no matter if they're present or not.
Patrick Lefevere not changing tactics in face of rising challenge from Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel
Deceuninck-Quick-Step vows to 'isolate' the budding classics stars in bid to take them down.
From van der Poel's two-hour attack to SD Worx's daylong stranglehold, the 'opening weekend' shone a light on the classics season to come.
Dutch star will race Le Samyn mid-week ahead of clash at Strade Bianche this weekend.