Wind and rain return for 'Opening Weekend' – Preview

Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Zdenek Stybar wins the 2019 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne are no strangers to adverse weather, and it seems that the wind and rain that has blasted northern Europe for the past month will stick around to provide a gruelling introduction to the Classics campaign this weekend.

The Omloop and Kuurne take place on the last weekend of February and are collectively referred to as 'Opening Weekend'. There's now a heavy schedule of racing across the globe in the first two months of the year but this still represents the start of the Classics season in Belgium and, for some, the true start of the season altogether.

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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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