Saturday, 23 February 2013

Picture This: First Blood - Luca Paolini

 
So the first day of the cobbles belongs to surprise winner Luca Paolini (Katusha) as the favourites missed out in today's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Paolini and Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) jumped from the leading group of 10 with around 25km's to go and managed to make it stick right to the finish where Paolini outsprinted the Belgian to take the honours. It's worth noting Geraint Thomas finished 4th, just missing out on a podium position - a great start to his transition from the track back to the road and looking good for Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Luca Paolini's win comes at the right time for Katusha, who only recently found themselves back in the WorldTour thanks to their upheld appeal to CAS. Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne tomorrow as the classics continue...

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