8th place for Sonny at the Omloop Het Niewsblad
Gent, Saturday, 24th February 2018 – Omloop Het Niewsblad – Gent – Ninove, 196,2 km
73rd edition of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad race started today in Gent. The number one opening classic of the new cycling season was presented under the label of UCI World Tour for the second time. The beginning of the day was chilly, the roads were dry and there was a continuous 20 km/h E wind with strong interfering along the way.
Wolvenberg, Molenberg, the key danger points were the critical places, as expected. All teams were trying to keep their captains safe, considering the tempo, cobblestones and strong wind, and also be ready to fight. That is how TBM operated perfectly throughout the race.
At the famous Muur climb, the peloton caught the breakaway group and the team strategy went to a higher level. Ivan Garcia Cortina was pulling hard, accompanied by Kristijan Koren and Grega Bole, until the group crash, where Cortina couldn’t continue anymore but Sonny Colbrelli went further with Stybar and Greg Van Avermaet and a group of 8 riders.
Vanmarcke was first over the last climb, Sonny was close, but three Astana riders took the main role until Valgren was launched to shoot the bullet first in the shelter of his two teammates. Sonny Colbrelli and the other riders tried to provoke the move, but nobody succeeded in that goal. Vanmarcke gave a try himself, with a kilometer remaining, but Valgren was too far ahead.
Sonny Colbrelli was satisfied with his work and getting to the 8th place and remains confident for the tomorrows’ 70th edition of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Classic.
It was a good performance and hard work of TBM riders today, and the ambitions are high for tomorrow’s race, where Heinrich Haussler will replace David Per.