Luca Paolini wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Luca Paolini wins, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013

Italian Luca Paolini (Katusha) took first blood in the Classics season as he outsprinted Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) for victory in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after the pair slipped the grasp of a nine-strong leading group.

A minute behind, Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) sprinted to fourth place, producing Great Britain's best performance here since Graham Jones's second place in 1982.

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