After an exciting edition in 2021 and a mighty final sprint by Davide Ballerini, it is finally time again on 26 February. All 18 UCI WorldTeams will then gather, to annual tradition, in Ghent for the opening classic. UCI ProTeams Alpecin-Fenix, Team Arkéa Samsic and TotalEnergies were already sure of their participation in the classic thanks to their ranking. The other wildcards are awarded to Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB, Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise B&B Hotels P/B KTM and Norwegian UNO-X Pro Cycling.
Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2021 ahead of Jake Stewart (Groupama - FDJ) and Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start-Up Nation). After a solo effort by world champion Alaphilippe, no elite group was able to break away anymore. Ballerini eventually took the win in a bunch sprint on the Onderwijslaan in Ninove.
The countdown to the opening classic has really begun. Unfortunately, the current health situation does not yet allow us to cheer on the riders at the start in Ghent, along the course or at the finish in Ninove. Therefore, we are asking you to follow the opening classic from your couch this year.
Few cycling fans realise that the race is actually a gigantic event that is constantly on the move. In order to keep an overview of this constantly moving caravan, Flanders Classics and GeoDynamics will also be working closely together in 2021.
From today on, cycling enthusiasts can discover the virtual world of the Proximus Cycling eSeries. Flanders Classics, title partner Proximus, META as an eSports specialist and virtual cycling platform RGT offer challenges all year round in a free and realistic cycling environment. First challenge on the programme: the Paterberg challenge.
Jasper Stuyven has won Omloop het Nieuwsblad. The Trek-Segafredo rider from Leuven won the sprint against Yves Lampaert in Ninove after a hotly contested race, dominated by a seven-strong leading group. (Via Het Nieuwsblad)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for elite women was up to its 15th edition. With world champion Annemiek van Vleuten, the organization has got its dream winner. The 37-year-old world champion impressively broke away from the leading group on the Muur van Geraardsbergen and soloed to the finish in Ninove. The Italian rider Bastianelli sprinted to the second place, before another Dutchwoman, Floortje Mackaij.(Via Het Nieuwsblad)
On Saturday February 29, the exhibition 'Heeren, vertrekt! In de kop van de Koers' (Gentlemen, take off! At the head of the race) begins in the Sint-Pietersabdij in Ghent. The exhibition focuses on what’s going on in the heads of riders and entourage. Via an audio guide you will step into the head of people out of the world of cycling.
The provisional list of participants is filled with big names who can turn this jubilee edition into an unforgettable race. According to the provisional list, Zdenek Stybar has to put up with tough competition in his quest for a new victory in Ninove.
Marriott Residence Inn Gent is open since mid-November and is situated near the exit of the E17 and E40 highways. With also the R4 and Sint-Pieters train station in proximity, the hotel does well in terms of accessibility, and it is the perfect starting point to discover the city. Marriott Residence Inn aims to profile itself as a real sports hotel.
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).