Pozzato Wins Het Volk
Filippo Pozzato (Francaise des Jeux) has won the Omloop Het Volk, the unofficial start of the classics season. The Italian sprinted into the lead in the last
One hundred ninety-five riders began the race in wind and rain. After two abortive sallies and a number of crashes, Gert Steegmans and Sebastien Rosseler (both from Quick Step), Johan Van Summeren (Predictor), Sebastien Minard and Geoffroy Lequatre (both from Cofidis), Lorenzo Bernucci (T-Mobile), Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas), and Jeremy Hunt (Unibet.com) escaped on the Oude Kwaremont (
Bas Gilling (Wiesenhof) attacked, and Bert Roesems (Predictor) and Marco Zanotti (Unibet.com) followed. Roesems dropped his companions. Behind, Gilbert attacked again, and Steven De Jongh (Quick Step), Mathew Hayman (Rabobank), Murilo Fischer (Liquigas), Gorik Gardeyn and Laurens Ten Dam (both from Unibet.com) and Gilling followed.
Boonen attacked, and Flecha followed him immediately, with several others joining later. With
Boonen attempted to bridge up to the pair, and Pozzato, Baden Cooke (Unibet.com), and Nick Nuyens (Cofidis) joined him. With five km left, Flecha and O'Grady led the chase group by 0:12. The chase group dropped Cooke.
Flecha and O'Grady decelerated to prepare for the sprint while the chase group closed the gap. Nuyens attacked, Boonen countered, and Pozzato overtook both. Flecha attempted unsuccessfully to get the Italian's wheel.
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