Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite Women - Preview 2021

LtoR Second placed Italian cyclist Marta Bastianelli winner Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten and third place Dutch cyclist Floortje Mackaij spray champagne as they celebrate on the podium after the Womens Elite race of the 75th edition of the oneday cycling race Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 1261km from Merelbeke to Ninove on February 29 2020 Ninove Photo by KRISTOF VAN ACCOM BELGA AFP Belgium OUT Photo by KRISTOF VAN ACCOMBELGAAFP via Getty Images
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Opening Weekend will be a one-race show at the 1.Pro Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, held on February 27 in Belgium, after its counterpart Omloop van het Hageland was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

It's always been the bigger of the two races and, although it's still not part of the Women’s WorldTour, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad may have gained importance this year because it's the first 'big' race of the season for the women’s peloton.

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