Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Two In The Top 1028. February 2015 — Road Team
Greg Van Avermaet (right) finished sixth and Philippe Gilbert was eighth for the BMC Racing Team Saturday at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. (©Tim De Waele/TDWsport)
Ian Stannard (Team Sky) won for the second straight year in a two-up sprint, besting Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick Step) after Terpstra and teammates Tom Boonen and Stijn Vandenbergh broke away with Stannard with 40 kilometers to go in the 200.2-km race. Last year, Stannard bested Van Avermaet, also in a two-up sprint.
After the four broke away, Van Avermaet and Sep VanMarcke (Lotto-JumboNL) gave chase – with a fourth Etixx-Quick Step rider, Zdenek Stybar, in tow. But they could get no closer to the leading quartet than 14 seconds with 25 km to go. Gilbert, a two-time winner of the race, soloed in alone to register his third career top 10 result in nine participations.
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