Are you looking forward to the spring classics? The Flemish classics season starts on Saturday 29th February, with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. We've listed all necessary information below, so you can plan your day!
The start of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad will be given in Ghent, on the Emile Clauslaan (near the Citadelpark). The elite men start at 11.35 a.m, for a race of 200 km, with 13 slopes and 9 cobblestone sections. The elite women start at 11.43 a.m. They'll have to conquer 10 hills and 5 paved sections, over a distance of 123 km. Both the elite men's and women's race finishes on the Onderwijslaan in Ninove.
Are you coming to Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to cheer for you favourite rider? Make sure to check the itinerary below!
The team presentation will take place in the Ghent Kuipke. Access to the Floraliën hall and Kuipke is completely free for all cycling fans. Both Elite Men's and Women's team will be presented during an amazing show.
Doors will open at 8.30 a.m. Presentation will start with a ceremonial part (dj) at 09.00 a.m. and from 9.30 a.m. on, teams will be presented on the big stage.
The team zone at the Floraliënhal (zone SMAK/Kuipke), where the riders will prepare for the start, is freely accessible.
On February 29th, you don't have to miss a second of the team presentation or the elite women's race, thanks to Proximus! You can follow it via Proximus' Pickx platform.
Livestream team presentation: 9.45 a.m. until 11.30 a.m.
Livestream elite women's race: 12.00 noon until the end
Curious as to who will be competing for victory on February 29th? Take a look at the start listst below (version 28/02)
We've listed all the transport options to Ghent and Ninove here.
LOW-EMISSION ZONE GHENT
To improve air quality, Ghent’s inner city (the area within the ring road R40) is a low-emission zone. Only vehicles that meet the conditions for admission are allowed into this zone. Vehicles with a foreign number plate that are admitted must be registered. Can your car enter the low-emission zone? Check your vehicle’s Euro standard and fuel type. The Euro standard is indicated by means of a number. You find the Euro standard in the registration document in the ‘environmental category’ section. The higher the Euro standard, the cleaner your car. Do you want to know whether your car can enter the LEZ? Fill in the test on www.lez2020.gent.
Do you want to shop in Ninove on Saturday 29 February? The parking of Ninia Shopping Center will be available free of charge!
(c) Sigfrid Eggers