Teams brave the elements to prepare for Opening Weekend – Gallery

Teams have arrived in Belgium ahead of Opening Weekend (opens in new tab)– Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (opens in new tab) and Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (opens in new tab) – and have been out on the Flanders roads to recon the cobbles and the hills despite the terrible weather  conditions. 

With the weather forecast for both races looking poor, multiple teams have braved the sleet, snow and rain to get accustomed to the conditions out on the road ahead of the cobbled Classics openers.

Greg Van Avermaet was out with several of his Belgian CCC teammates on Wednesday, while NTT Pro Cycling – led by Michael Valgren – were caught up in a snowstorm during their Thursday training ride.

Conditions weren't much better for EF Pro Cycling either. Team leader Sep Vanmarcke managed to raise a smile though, despite the heavy rain that hit their training ride.

Jumbo-Visma enjoyed a dry ride as they hit the course on Friday, with Wout van Aert set to make his second Omloop appearance on Saturday. Alexander Kristoff and his UAE squad also went for a recon, as did Total Direct Énergie's Niki Terpstra.

Other teams out on the roads included Team Ineos, Mitchelton-Scott, Bora-Hansgrohe and Circus-Wanty Gobert. More teams are expected out on the cobbles on Friday, while rain and wind is forecast in the area throughout the weekend.

Cyclingnews will have full coverage of both races, including reports, live coverage, news and interviews. Find out how to watch Opening Weekend here.

Click or swipe through  the recon photo gallery to see the weather conditions in Belgium.

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