Davide Ballerini spoke of a dream come true. The Italian cyclist of the Belgian team Deceuninck – Quick-Step sprinted to victory in the 76th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the opening race of the Flemish cycling season. “This is the Belgian opening classic and I’m riding for a Belgian team. It’s a dream come true. I love these kind of races,” said the 26-year-old Ballerini afterwards.
“I feel very good at Deceuninck – Quick-Step”, the Italian continued. “They believe in my skills. My teammate Julian Alaphilippe had already told me in the race that today would be my day. If a world champion comes to report this to you, you can always do something more. “To write my name. We rode to the line with a whole group of riders and my team mates did an excellent job. They managed to put me in the best position. This victory provides perspectives for the coming classics to come.”