Michael Valgren wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad from a late attack

Danish rider Michael Valgren claims his first Classics victory as Astana employ perfect team tactics to ensure a memorable win

Michael Valgren wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018.

(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Michael Valgren (Astana) won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium on Saturday, taking the biggest win of his career to date.

The 26-year-old Dane and his Astana team-mates Alexey Lutsenko and Oscar Gatto had put themselves into the race-winning, 12-rider group in the finale of the opening cobbled classic of the 2018 season.

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