Startline Gallery: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Blue skies for opening weekend of Belgian season

We’ve had the Tours of Oman and Qatar but for many of the real traditionalists the road season really begins this weekend with the double header of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.

Omloop is the first race on the menu, starting in the picturesque setting of Gent, Belgium. In the last few years the race has begun in typically Belgian spring weather of rain, cold and gusty winds..

However Saturday’s race set off under clear blue skies, warm temperatures and huge degree of anticipation.

The 67th edition of the 'Omloop' began at 11:30, with the women’s race starting a few minutes before. Both races will finish back in Ghent’s St Peter’s Square later today.

Cyclingnews was at the start to capture the special atmosphere of Flemish cycling with a unique photo gallery.

There is also live coverage of the race throughout the day, and a full race report, racing photograph gallery and rider interviews after the finish.


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