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.
Third time is the charm: after two second places, Chantal Blaak has won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The Dutch champion rode away from a large breakaway in the descent of the Muur van Geraardsbergen and then finished solo without any threat. (via nieuwsblad.be)
Amongst the women heading to the 14th edition of the Flanders Classics opener is world champion Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team). Going up against the rainbow jersey, last year’s winner Christina Siggaard returns with Team Virtu Cycling in pursuit of back-to-back wins on 2 March.
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.
Christina Malling Siggaard sprinted to the victory in the 13th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. After the race Siggaard could not believe what happened in front of the cameras of Sporza: "I really worked hard for it, so I am super happy that it worked out well." Jolien D'Hoore was less happy. The Belgian had to be satisfied with an 8th place: "I felt a lot of cramps and I did not have any power left to sprint."
Christina Malling Siggaard (Team VIRTU Cycling) has won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for Elite Women. After a long race over 122 km, with 8 climbs and three tough cobbled sections, the Danish rider was the fastest of a remaining peloton. Alexis Ryan (Canyon/SRAM) and Maria Confalonieri (Valcar) completed the podium.