2011 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

We’re moving into a new live-work studio, so I didn’t really have time to keep up-to-date on the happenings this weekend, but I did catch the results and summary of the first races in Belgium. An amazing weekend for Team Sky, who, amongst news that they were going to be relaxing their hiring policies, while also announcing they would be taking every race equally seriously, performed very well taking 3 of a possible six podium spots.

In a fairly classic wet and windy Omloop on Saturday, Juan Antonio Flecha led the charge to chase down breakaway rider Sebastian Langeveld and when they finally caught him he and Flecha had enough to get away alone. The two played cat and mouse and Rabobank’s Langeveld somehow had enough left in the tank to beat defending champ Flecha to the line by about 1 cm. Fellow Sky rider Matthew Hayman came in over a minute late in third place.

Omloop Top Three
1. Sebastian Langeveld (Rabobank)____5:18:03
2. Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky)____s.t.
3. Matthew Hayman (Team Sky)______+1’01

In Sunday, Team Sky must have got the taste of victory in their mouths because they didn’t seem content with another second. After the Kuurne was lead msot of the day by a four-man break, two-time-winner Tom Boonen, shook things up with about 5km remaining by bridging the gap from the peloton with a massive burst. This seemed to wake everyone into the realization that the race needed some urgency as the peloton kicked up the watts and chased the break group down. Boonen seemed to have spent everything he had and was desperately trying to hang on to the tail as Team Sky took control with a massive amount of work being done by Flecha. In what looked to be a perfect set-up for Tyler Farrar and Andre Griepel to fight it out for victory, Austrailan Chris Sutton blew both their wheels off and stormed to victory for Sky, with Hutarovich blasting in for second.

K-B-K Top Three
1. Chris Sutton (Team Sky)____5:18:03
2. Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ)____s.t.
3. André Greipel (Lotto)________s.t.

Last km K-B-K

Video after the jump


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