List of riders and teams taking part in the 2018 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium on Saturday, February 24 – plus previous winners and what to expect from the first cobbled classic of the year
The 2018 cobbled classics kick off on Saturday, February 24, with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium.
The organisers – Flanders Classics – promote a men’s and women’s race on the same day, the routes being 197km and 121km respectively.
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018 route
This year, the race will finish in the town of Ninove, which hosted the finish of the Tour of Flanders until 2011, as opposed to its previous finish in Ghent.
The organisers – Flanders Classics – which also organises the Tour of Flanders, will be able to mirror the final 60m of the Tour of Flanders, and the race will therefore feature the Muur Van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg in the final 15km.
The route features thirteen ‘hellingen’ (climbs), three of which are on cobbles – and the intensity gradually increases. The final two ‘walls’, 26km from the finish, are the Wall of Geraardsbergen (475 metres, 9.3%, max 19.8%) and the cobbled Borberg (980m, 5.8%, max 11%). Following the Borberg, there will be a final 12km to go before the line.
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018 start list
As a UCI WorldTour event, all eighteen UCI WorldTour men’s teams are invited.
The women’s race does not feature in the UCI Women’s WorldTour.
BMC Racing (USA)
Quick-Step Floors (Bel)