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62nd Omloop Het Volk - 1.HC

Belgium, March 3, 2007


Race photos

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  • Greg Van Avermaet (Predictor Lotto) on the cobbles
  • Jeremy Hunt (Unibet.com) got himself involved in early moves
  • Julian Dean (Credit Agricole)
  • Nico Mattan (DFL/Cyclingnews) worked near the front of the main group to give some of his younger teammates a chance to launch attacks.
  • Johan Van Summeren (Predictor Lotto) takes a pull
  • Phillipe Gilbert (Franšaise des Jeux) got away with 40k to go but was brought back.
  • Tom Boonen said he gave it all he had but came up short in the finish at the 62nd running of Omloop Het Volk on Saturday.
  • Stuart O'Grady (CSC) and Juan Antonio Fleche (Rabobank) made a late-race move to get away that was thwarted by a chase group including Boonen (Quick Step) and eventual winner Filippo Pozzato (Liguigas).
  • Pozatto takes the season's first semi-classic
  • The remainder of the lead group fight for podium spots behind Pizatto
  • Boonen, Pozatto and Fleche receive accolades from the crowds in Lokeren
  • Pozatto gets to kiss the first trophy of the classics season
  • Pozatto put in a hard day at the office on Saturday

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Start photos

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  • Dan Fleeman from DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed was only slightly apprehensive before the start of his first Hors Categorie race, the 62nd Het volk. Last year the 24 year-old British rider raced for an elite-level French amateur team, but during the week in a reconnaissance ride of the HV parcours, experienced observers said he looked quite at home on the cobbles.
  • David Harrigan is one of the more experienced Australians on the DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed team and was looking forward to his first big hit-out.
  • Tasmanian Bernie Sulzberger looked perfectly at home in the wind and rain of the balmy Belgian morning prior to the start of the 2007 Het Volk. The young rider from Australia's 'apple isle' is not a complete stranger to these typical Belgian weather conditions.
  • Belgian rider and star DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed signing, Nico Mattan, was popular among the press at the start of the 2007 Het Volk. the local media has been quite generous in its coverage of the 'underdog' team, made up of riders from Australia, the UK and four other nations. Mattan will be the team's leader on the road and they will draw on his considerable experience from 14 yours a professional.
  • Despite the bleak weather, large crowds gathered to attend the start of the 62nd Het Volk in St Pietersplein, a large open square in Gent, Belgium. It was raining, strong gusty winds, but experienced locals all remarked, "it's not cold enough!" Indeed, their comment was more about the effects of global warming changing their normal weather, where the temperature would only be above zero. "This is just a shower," said one, "it's not really icey rain."
  • A CSC mechanic attends to some last minute adjustments to one of the Team CSC Cervelos.
  • Allan Johansen has some last-minute adjustments done to the handlebar position of his bicycle prior to the start of the 62nd Het Volk.
  • Team DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed mechanic, Mark Howard, tightens up the pedal retention on his Time pedals prior to the start. The young British rider expected to be really pulling on the pedals today.

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