Boy van Poppel finished in 46th place in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. During the race, the first spring classic of the season, he showed himself in a counter attack. “For the first big classic things went pretty well for me. I didn’t think I could be at this level yet after I broke my collarbone two months ago”, he said.
After the second passage on the cobbles of the Haaghoek, Boy van Poppel joined in a nice group in the chase of the four leaders. The group of about twenty included quite a few race favourites, but at 63 km before the finish line, they were caught by the chasing peloton.
Van Poppel would eventually finish in the bunch in 46th position. Watch his complete reaction after the race in the video below.