Earlier this week, Victor Campenaerts issued a statement of intent and something of a rallying cry ahead of the Opening Weekend of the cobbled Classics, outlining his own ambitions as a newfound Classics rider and the way his Lotto Soudal teammates would “tear the races to pieces”.

After Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the first of this weekend’s double-header in Belgium, he has been proven true to his word.


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