Peloton pays tribute to Goddaert before Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Kristof Goddaert (IAM Cycling)

Kristof Goddaert (IAM Cycling) (Image credit: Sirotti)

The start of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is usually one of the most joyous occasions on the calendar: the first race of the year in the world’s most passionate cycling nation. The crowds gather in Ghent’s Sint-Pietersplein not only to welcome the peloton back to Belgium and cheer for their favourites, but also to herald the end of the winter and celebrate a fresh beginning, like some ancient pagan festival.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.