Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is not only the opening classic of the Spring season on 29 February, it will also celebrate its 75th anniversary this year. The city of Ghent wants to put this birthday in the spotlight. A close cooperation with retailers, bar and restaurant owners and a cycling exhibition will bring the race alive in this cycling city with its rich heritage. The city of Ghent and Flanders Classics also signed a new agreement through 2025.
The Belgian cycling season starts on Saturday 29 February with the iconic opening classic Omloop Het Nieuwsblad celebrating its 75th anniversary. All the teams of the highest level in procycling will take part as was the case in 2019. The cycling mad city of Ghent will also be able to give six UCI ProTeams a warm welcome at ’t Kuipke.
Apart from the fact the race takes place on a leap day in 2020 and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad celebrates its 75th birthday, there are hardly any changes this year to the first WorldTour race of the season on European soil. Just like in 2019 the traditional opener of the Classics season starts at ’t Kuipke in Ghent and finishes on the Onderwijslaan in Ninove. The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad takes place on Saturday, 29 February 2020.
Zdenek Stybar has won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2019. In the final there were five riders left: Stybar, Greg Van Avermaet, Tim Wellens, Alexey Lutsenko and Dylan Teuns. With an ultimate jump Stybar could shake off the other riders in the breakaway. He finished solo in Ninove.
Saturday 2 March marks the start of the Flemish spring, with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Anyone wanting to greet the top racers like Van Avermaet, Matthews and European champion Trentin for the first time in Flanders this season, is best advised to make their way to ‘t Kuipke. These riders are joined on the provisional list of participants for the first European WorldTour race of the season by a host of the world’s top cycling names.
Michael Valgren Andersen is the new surprising winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The new route didn't dissapoint and delivered a beautiful spectacle. Astana had three men left after the climb of the Muur van Geraardsbergen and Bosberg and played out the game perfectely. Valgren Andersen was able to surprise the big guns and came over the finish line solo before Lukasz Wisniowski (Sky) and Sep Vanmarcke (EF-Drapac).