Wout van Aert wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with stinging Bosberg attack

The Belgian champion wins his opening race of the 2022 season

Wout van Aert
(Image credit: Getty)

Wout van Aert won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2022 with a stinging attack at the foot of the Bosberg, sailing away from his rivals and solo-ing to the finish line.

The Belgian champion played down his chances before the start, this being his first road race of the 2022 season, but Van Aert could barely help himself at the business end of the first big race of the year, launching from a whittled down bunch after Jumbo-Visma team-mate Tiesj Benoot had worked well to soften up the other contenders.

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