Course

Unofficial start - 0 km

11:35

For the third year in a row, the unofficial start of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad will be given on the site for the ICC Gent and the SMAK. The team presentation takes place at the Kuipke in Ghent, like last year. © Digitalclickx

Official start - 0 km

11:45

After the peloton has left the center of Ghent, deputy course director Peter van Petegem raises the flag in Merelbeke: the sign that Omloop Het Nieuwsblad has officially started. © Photo News

Haaghoek - 61,1 km

13:10 1700m

Sixty kilometers after the official start in Merelbeke, the riders will start the first cobble section of the race, namely the 1.7 km long Haaghoek in Horebeke. The Haaghoek, together with the Leberg, remains one of the highlights of the Omloop with three passages. © Photo News

Leberg - 64,1 km

13:14 700m

Immediately after the Haaghoek, the peloton goes to Brakel for the first hill of the day, the Leberg. In 2018 the riders also have to do this hill three times. The Leberg is 700 meters long, has an average gradient of 6.1% and a maximum gradient of 14%. © Photo News

Huisepontweg - 92,1 km

13:54 1500m

In a first loop between two passages of the duo Leberg and Haaghoek, the riders will pass over the cobblestones of the Huisepontweg. 1500m that have been re-laid since 2008. © Kramon

Den Ast - 97.8 km

14:01 350m

Less known, but a hard hill is Den Ast. The riders have to overcome the short Aststraat before joining the long Aststraat: 5.5% on average and 11% as the steepest part.

Lange Aststraat - 97,8 km

14:01 450m

After the ascent of Den Ast, the riders will go through a curvy descent on the Lange Aststraat towards Mullem, where there is a short piece of cobblestones of 450m.

Collect zone - 98,7 km

14:03

In Mullem, the teams strategically position their riders for the ones who need mechanical assistance or who want to get rid of some things. © Kramon

Bevoorrading - 99,2 km

14:03

With just under 100 kilometers in the legs, it is time for the riders to refuel energy in the supply zone. © Kramon

Collect zone - 100,2 km

14:05

In Heurne, just after the supply zone, the teams post their men strategically for the riders who need mechanical assistance or who want to get rid of some things. © Kramon

Katteberg - 105,9 km

14:13 750m

The first obstacle after the supply zone is the Katteberg after 106 km. This hill in Ename is 750m long, an average gradient of 6% and a maximum gradient of 11%. © Wikipedia

Holleweg - 106,6 km

14:14 1500m

From the Katteberg the peloton goes fast to the cobblestones of the Holleweg, 1500m of suffering before the riders again to the duo Haaghoek / Leberg. © Photonews

Haaghoek - 115,3 km

14:26 1700m

Halfway through the race, the peloton has to pass the cobblestone section of the Haaghoek in Horebeke a second time. © Photo News

Leberg - 118,3 km

14:30 700m

6.1% average and 14% maximum: cycling fans know what to expect. The riders pass a second time on the Leberg in Brakel, ready for a second loop in the Flemish Ardennes. © Photo News

Kokerelle - 131,4 km

14:48 700m

The next hill on the riders' program is the 700 meter long Kokerelle in Maarkedal. The average rate of increase on Kokerellestraat is 6%, the maximum rate of increase is 9.5%

Wolvenberg - 134,5 km

14:53 800m

From Maarkedal the peloton again goes to Oudenaarde. In Volkegem the next hill is already waiting, the Wolvenberg: 800m long, 50m difference in height with 6.3% average and a maximum gradient of 13%. De Wolvenberg surprises mainly by its very impressive third hectometer. © Photo News

Ruiterstraat - 134,6 km

14:53 800m

In Oudenaarde two consecutive cobblestones are on the program. Number one is the 800 meter long Ruiterstraat. © Photo News

Jagerij - 137,3 km

14:57 990m

The riders will then move on to the cobblestones of the Jagerij. They return to Horebeke and Brakel for the third time Haaghoek / Leberg. © Velonews.com

Molenberg - 143,5 km

15:05 500m

Before the riders pass again on the Haaghoek and Leberg duo, they first have to overcome the Molenberg. Every cycling enthusiast in Flanders and far beyond knows the Molenberg as an extremely spicy, but short alley of only 500m. On the cobblestones the steepest piece of the Molenberg is 17%, the average gradient is 7%. © Photo News

Haaghoek - 151,4 km

15:16 1700m

The riders will pass a third and last time over the 1.7km long cobblestone section of the Haaghoek. The final of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018 can now really begin. © Photo News

Leberg - 154,4 km

15:20 700m

Those who say Haaghoek during the Omloop immediately think of the Leberg: 6.1% average and 14% maximum. It is the last time the riders pass here. The peloton is now steaming towards Geraardsbergen and the finish in Ninove. © Photo News

Berendries - 158,5 km

15:26 900m

The Berendries surprises from the start, because the wide access road suddenly becomes narrower as soon as the hill starts. Over a distance of 900m the Berendries has an average gradient of 7.2% and a maximum of 14%. A difference in height of 65m. © Photo News

Valkenberg - 163,8 km

15:34 550m

The cyclists have to do four more hills. The next one is again short, but very spicy in the final of the race: the Valkenberg in Nederbrakel has an average gradient of 8.2% and a maximum gradient of 13%. © Photo News

Tenbosse - 170,1 km

15:42 455m

Ten kilometers before the Muur, the riders still have to do a spicy hill in Nederbrakel. Tenbosse increases with an average of 6.4% and a maximum of 8.7%. Still 26km to go. © Photo News

Muur van Geraardsbergen/Kapelmuur - 180,4 km

15:57 1000m

And there it is: the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen. For the first time since 2011, the old final of the Tour of Flanders, the Muur again gets an important role in the final. Who does not know this legendary hill? From the bottom all the way up: 1.000m long, 9.2% average and 20% maximum rate of increase. Which rider flies up on the penultimate hill of the day and rushes to the victory in Ninove? © Photo News

Bosberg - 184,3 km

16:02 1350m

The last hill of the day, just like the old course of the Tour of Flanders, is the Bosberg in Moerbeke. From the entrance to the forest, from which the hill owes its name, the course is paved with cobblestones. 11% maximum and 5% average over a distance of 1350m, that's the last obstacle for the riders. From the top you can see Brussels, Aalst, Ronse and Bergen in good visibility, but which rider will see the victory? © Photo News

Finish - 196,2 km

16:19

Will Greg Van Avermaet take the win for a third time in a row or will another rider be faster? Around 4:20 pm we know who will be the first to cross the legendary finish line on the Halsesteenweg in Meerbeke and who succeeds Van Avermaet on the honor list. © Kramon