Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Start line quotes

The start of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Gent

The start of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Gent (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)

On a crisp but sunny Saturday morning, crowds gathered in Gent's Citadel Park as riders and teams arrived for what is considered in these parts as the true start of the season. Omloop Het Nieuwsblad kicks off the Belgian cobbled Classics and Cyclingnews' Brecht Decaluwé and Patrick Fletcher were there at the start to speak to the key protagonists ahead of the race. 

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