2022 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad men - Preview

Kasper Asgreen in action at the 2021 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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"These days it's never too early to take a win," Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) told us last week, hinting at the seriousness with which the early-season is treated in the modern era. 

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad may have lost some of its status as the purists' true start to the European cycling season but still it retains a sense of gravitas and a great deal of anticipation. After six weeks of warm-weather early-season races, things get much more serious on the roads of Flanders at the weekend.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.

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