Team Sky announce squads for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Team Sky announce the same squads to tackle Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne this weekend

Luke Rowe escapes in the 2015 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Ian Stannard will not defend his Omloop Het Nieuwsblad title after being left out of Team Sky's squad for Saturday's race.

The Brit, who's won the early season Classic for the past two years, is hoping to save himself for Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders rather than peak too soon into the season, as happened last season.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.