Ian Stannard wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Ian Stannard becomes first British winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after out-sprinting Greg Van Avermaet

Ian Stannard wins the 2014 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

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Ian Stannard (Sky) out-sprinted Greg Van Avermart (BMC) to become the first ever British winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday.

The result is also the most impressive in Stannard’s career to date, and marks him out as a serious contender for the rest of the spring classics.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.