Wellens third in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad


Mixed feelings for Lotto Soudal after today’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Tim Wellens was part of the five-rider group that battled for the victory but after a tactical finale, it was Zdeněk Štybar who eventually emerged victorious. Wellens sprinted – just behind Van Avermaet – to third place. Unfortunately, Tiesj Benoot – who was also part of the front group – crashed hard at 28 kilometres from the line. The 24-year-old Lotto Soudal rider was forced to abandon the race with abrasions and cuts in the knee.

Besides Tiesj Benoot, Frederik Frison also crashed today. Both Lotto Soudal riders were taken to hospital for further examination. Frison has various abrasions and bruised ribs. Apart from a lot of abrasions, Tiesj Benoot also has a deep cut in the left knee, on which he fell during the Vuelta last year. Their injuries will be evaluated day by day towards a possible participation in the GP Samyn (Frison) and Strade Bianche (Benoot).

Tiesj Benoot will not start in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne tomorrow and will be replaced by Jens Keukeleire.

Line-up Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne: Jasper De Buyst, Stan Dewulf, Jens Keukeleire, Nikolas Maes, Rémy Mertz, Lawrence Naesen and Brian van Goethem.