1 VS 3? NO PROBLEM WITH DOGMA F8!
Ian Stannard pulled off a stunning victory to defend his Omloop Het Nieuwsblad title after seeing off three Etixx – Quick-Step riders.
The Brit found himself in a select four-man lead group but headed into the final 40 kilometres as the odd man out, surrounded by rival team-mates.
Undeterred, Stannard shut down a pair of late attacks on the run into Gent before out-sprinting Niki Terpstra to seal an epic victory.
Able to conserve energy as Stijn Vandenbergh, Tom Boonen and Terpstra led the quartet, the 27 year old was finally forced into action as the attacks began. Boonen kicked first with 4.6km to go, only for Stannard to emphatically ride across the gap.
Terpstra and Vandenbergh immediately responded but Stannard proved the stronger, heading under the flamme rouge with now just Terpstra for company, and winning a two-up sprint for a second year in succession.
Team Sky worked hard all race to set up Stannard, with the squad grouped at the front to avoid the danger on a difficult parcours. Sir Bradley Wiggins and Bernhard Eisel pulled for long turns at the front, and when the attacks began both Stannard and Luke Rowe were there to mix it up in the front group.
Rowe capped off a great day with ninth place, having pushed the pace on the Wolvenberg shortly before the decisive move went.