This year, the Belgian championship cycling takes place on Sunday 30 June in Ghent. Both the elite men and elite women are being served a final that consists of seven local laps around Drongen. The BC will be a tribute to Walter Godefroot, citizen of Drongen. He himself became champion of Belgium twice, in 1965 and 1972.
Zdenek Stybar has won the 74th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. 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.
On Saturday 2 March, the Flemish cycling season starts with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Flanders Classics already kicks off the new season on Wednesday 27 February with Bal Pedal, an amazing cycling party in Vooruit in Ghent. None other than Sir Bradley Wiggins will get the party going.
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).