Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne raised the stakes and set the tone for the Spring Classics to come in the traditional ‘Opening Weekend’ in Belgium.
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) showcased his strength with a superlative solo victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, while Fabio Jakobsen spared QuickStep-AlphaVinyl’s blushes with a sprint victory in a breathtakingly dramatic finale in Kuurne.
As ever, fortunes of either shade come with the same caveat at Opening Weekend. Failure to hit the mark is tempered by the prospect of bigger prizes to fight for down the line, while success will likewise mean little if not backed up during the main spring swing.
Still, the Opening Weekend is the perfect place to start when it comes to the narratives that will be unfolding over the next few weeks.
Fresh from their first trip to Belgium of the 2022 season, Cyclingnews ’ reporters Patrick Fletcher and Daniel Ostanek offer their key takeaways from the weekend’s racing. Jumbo-Visma are now a leading Classics force
Wout van Aert won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad alone, but we already knew he could do that. What we didn’t know was that his team as a whole would dominate and dictate how the race played out.
Jumbo-Visma ’s activity in the transfer market suggested a move in that direction, with Tiesj Benoot , Christophe Laporte , and Tosh Van der Sande all drafted in to address a situation in which the Belgian champion was too often left on his own last spring in key moments of the […]