The inside story of Ian Stannard's incredible Het Nieuwsblad win

Three against one and it was a foregone conclusion, surely? Ian Stannard had other ideas when he won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday

Photo: Graham Watson

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They were scratching their heads at the start of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on Sunday morning, still wondering how Belgium’s top team could have thrown away victory in Het Nieuwsblad the previous day.

To recap: Ian Stannard of Team Sky, away with three Etixx-QuickStep riders for the final 40km, scored the most improbable of wins in Ghent, and in so doing left three of the strongest Classics riders, Tom Boonen, Niki Terpstra and Stijn Vandenbergh, with – choose your description or metaphor – red faces, pants around ankles, egg on face, bottoms on a plate.

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