Zdenek Stybar wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2019 with late attack

Zdenek Stybar wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2019

Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) has taken the victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after he attacked in the last two kilometres and crossed the finish line on his own.

The Kapelmuur provided the turning point as expected, further splitting an already broken race and establishing a leading group of five going into the final 15km.

Greg van Avermaet (CCC) was among that number, but it was Stybar who made the winning move, catching the others off guard with 2.5km remaining and opening up a big enough gap to allow him the luxury of soaking in the celebrations across the line.

“I had a good feeling all day, but of course you never know,” said Stybar. “It was a very strong break, but I still had teammates in the group behind, and I could benefit from that.”

“I only heard the day before yesterday at the press conference that QuickStep hadn’t won Omloop for 14 years, which was amazing. I am very happy that I could win here, for the team, but also for me. I was close to a victory like this last year and I’m happy to finally finish it off.”

Van Avermaet and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) finished second and third, sprinting from a select group that also included Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana).

You can rewatch Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2019 HERE.

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2019 results:

1Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

4:53:17

2Greg Van Avermaet (CCC)

+09”

3Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

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4Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)

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5Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida)

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6Jean-Pierre Drucker (Bora-hansgrohe)

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7Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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8Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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9Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

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10Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

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11Jens Keukeleire (Lotto Soudal)

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12Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

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13Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

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14Dylan Van Baarle (Team Sky)

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15Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First)

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16Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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17Laurens De Vreese (Astana)

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18Stefan Kung (AG2R La Mondiale)

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19Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin)

+28”

20Niki Terpstra (Direct Energie)

+29”

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