Ian Stannard may forgo Het Nieuwsblad hat-trick in favour of Paris-Roubaix success

Ian Stannard is targeting success at Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders in 2016, instead of making it three successive wins at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Ian Stannard wins the 2014 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

(Image credit: Watson)

Ian Stannard is plotting a different winter’s training schedule in order to maximise his chances of winning Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders.

The Team Sky rider is the winner of the last two editions of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, memorably outfoxing three Etixx-Quick Step riders this year to defend his title.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.