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We go again. The second instalment of Belgium's Opening Weekend presents a slightly different challenge to Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, but Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne always offers an immediate chance of redemption for those who fell short on Saturday. QuickStep-AlpaVinyl, as flagged before this weekend, don't have an unblemished track record at Omloop, despite wins in 2019 and 2021, and yesterday's showing was rather in keeping with their displays there in the Tom Boonen era. In the Boonen era, however, QuickStep also developed the useful habit of responding by winning in Kuurne the following day - Tommeke won here three times, after all - and we can surely expect the empire to look to strike back this afternoon. 

There’s no Oude Kwaremont on the route this year, as Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne undergoes something of a refresh, but the basic tenets of the race remain intact. The peloton leaves Kuurne, splinters as it tackles thirteen hellingen and then has a chance to regroup on the flat 50km run-in, which features a lap of a 12.5km finishing circuit in Kuurne.

The peloton will be flagged away from Kuurne at 12.06 local time and is scheduled to reach kilometre zero at 12.15 for the official start of the 195km race.

2021 winner Mads Pedersen is an absentee, leaving his Trek-Segafredo teammate and 2016 winner Jasper Stuyven to wear dossard number 1. Omloop winner Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) has also opted out of today’s race, but Tiesj Benoot is on hand. Ineos again line out with Tom Pidcock, Ethan Hayter and Jhonatan Narvaez, while Greg Van Avermaert and Oliver Naesan form AG2R’s leadership duo, and Bahrain Victorious field Sonny Colbrelli, Matej Mohoric and Heinrich Haussler.

Tom Pidcock

(Image credit: Daniel Ostanek)

Caleb Ewan

(Image credit: Daniel Ostanek)

The peloton has been flagged away from Kuurne and is making its way through the neutralised zone. They are scheduled to hit kilometre zero at 12.15 local time.

Here's the running order for the climbs on today's parcours:

-195km

There has been a typically rapid start to proceedings since kilometre zero, with a flurry of early attacks. A group of eight riders has detatched itself from the bunch, but it's too soon to say if they will be granted permission to establish themselves.

-190km

-186km

-181km

Lluis Mas (Movistar), Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Luke Durbridge (BikeExchange-Jayco), Wessel Krul (Human Powered Health), Arjen Livyns, Bas Tietema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) and Jules Hesters (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) are on the day's first climb, the Tiegemberg, and their advantage is already approaching two minutes. 

-175km