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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad #OHN
« on: February 08, 2017, 07:28 »
MOLENBERG RETURNS IN OMLOOP HET NIEUWSBLAD 2017 ROUTE
The start of the new cycling season is getting closer real quick now, something real cycling fanatics automatically link with thé spring classic opener: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. After the new Ronde van Vlaanderen route last week, we are pleased to give you a brief overview of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2017 track.The 72nd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday February 25th is one for the history books even when it hasn't started yet. From 2017 on Omloop het Nieuwsblad has its place on the renowned WorldTour calendar, which makes that the best teams will find their way to Ghent with their best riders.

Last year the start and finishline of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad were moved from the Sint-Pieterplein to the site near Ghent SMAK museum and Citadelpark due to a season fun fair. Because of the great succes last year, the positive reactions from riders, sponsors and fans and the exiting finale with an incredible victor, Flanders Classics decided to stay at the same site as last year. The starting shot will be given in front of the SMAK museum (next to 't Kuipke), the finish like is on the slightly steep Emile Clauslaan.

The route of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2017 hasn't changed much in comparision to last year's edition. The riders get dished up 13 climbs and 10 cobblestone sections. One big change is that the Molenberg is back as the final climb of the day with 35km left. Last year the Molenberg was left out because of road works, but this year the famous climb in Sint-Denijs-Boekel replaces Boembekeberg and could once again be a decisive point in the race.

In total the riders will have to tame the cobbles of the Haaghoek three times. In between Donderij, Ruiterstraat, Karel Martelstraat and Holleweg are the cobblestone sections the peloton will pass by. After the climb of the Molenberg, in the last straight line to the finish, Paddestraat, Lippenhovestraat and Lange Munte await the riders.

Between the first two passages of the Haaghoek (after 52km and 107km), these are the climbs of the 2017 route: Leberg, Berendries, Tenbosse, Eikenmolen, Muur van Geraardsbergen/Kapelmuur and Valkenberg. Afther that Kaperij, Kruisberg, Taaienberg, Eikenberg, Wolvenberg, Leberg once again and Molenberg will decide who will become the succesor of BMC rider Greg van Avermaet as the winner of the 72nd Omloop Het Nieuwsbla




made by @RickyFilips95.




Also this year the race will be on Eurosport - which is both great and sad, used to love the scramble for a Sporza stream and laughing at how much I understood, but HD on the TV :win

Previous winners
2016   VAN AVERMAET Greg *be
2015   STANNARD Ian *gb   
2014   STANNARD Ian *gb   
2013   PAOLINI Luca *it   
2012   VANMARCKE Sep *be   
2011   LANGEVELD Sebastian *nl   
2010   FLECHA GIANNONI Juan Antonio *es
2009   HUSHOVD Thor *no   
2008   GILBERT Philippe *be   
2007   POZZATO Filippo *it

and so it begins the cycling period that takes us until after the Giro, love this time of the year.

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more roadbooks added on google drive: :)



~pdf Omloop Het Nieuwsblad / Roadbook


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  • « Last Edit: February 15, 2017, 16:41 by just some guy »
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    Re: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad #OHN
    « Reply #1 on: February 08, 2017, 20:46 »
    I had no time to post it at that time but the return of the Molenberg was announced in the Nieuwsblad edition of last 24 November:



    Last year it was taken out of the route because there was roadwork on the approach of it and the organisers replaced it by the softer Boembeke. So the Molenberg is now back as the 13th and last climb of the race.

    It's the only decisive change in the route compared to last year.

    The start is just close to the Kuipke, the Velodrome of Ghent where the Cancellara Farewell Event took place and the organisers chose to reconduct the uphill finish through the Emile Claus Avenue above the Botanical Garden to the Ledeganckstraat. It seems that last year they had to change probably because of roadwork too (that is not mentioned in the article but the change was forced by circumstances as it seems). So the new finish seems to perfectly fit.
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    Re: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad #OHN
    « Reply #2 on: February 08, 2017, 21:47 »
    Get it going! I already can't wait  :angry... where is the fast forward?

    PS: I liked the old finish better - 2014 is my favorite edition http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/videozone/sporten/v-wielrennen/1.1895773
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    Re: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad #OHN
    « Reply #3 on: February 09, 2017, 08:49 »
    The Omloop thread is up... winter is officially over!

    Spring classics, here I come!





    Recently, my moment of Omloop joy was 2010: Flecha finally winning a cobbled one. Always hoped for a PR for the man. The only Spaniard who had a PR dream tattooed close to his heart, and probably the legs for it, just needed a break, so to speak. And PR is all about the breaks. Between all his close calls, I always felt he deserved to take a brick home at least once. Alas...

    It was great to see him fly over the last cobbled stretches on the way back to Ghent in 2010. Very pleased he finally netted a top podium spot in Flanders. I hoped then that 2010 was also gonna be his Hell. I guess Cancellara turned it into another one, with those 49k.

    Stannard schooling Quickstep was enjoyable too, if schadenfreude is your thing.

    But history schmistory...who cares, just a few more days and 2017 will be kicking off with the season I love best. Been a long wait!




    Fun fact of the day: the first Omloop was held in liberated Flanders, but with the war still raging on around it. It was given the green light by the Brits only hours before the 1945 start, on the explicit condition that military convoys would have priority on the road. The sturdy Jean Bogaerts (rip) was probably mistaken for a tank on a mission by his compatriots, on his way to the finish line.

    Downer of the day: pity it is no longer followed by Ghent-Wevelgem the day after!
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    Re: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad #OHN
    « Reply #4 on: February 10, 2017, 08:15 »
    provisional start list



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    Re: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad #OHN
    « Reply #5 on: February 10, 2017, 09:07 »
    Those new UCI rider codes are absolutely nonsensical.

    They may be unique (whereas the old codes would be the same if two riders from the same country shared a birthday), but they have no connection whatsoever to anything one can remember.

    *dk has so-called CPR (central person register) numbers for every inhabitant - the person's birthday followed by an individual four-digit code. If they had a desire and/or need for unique codes, why not adopt a similar system?

    Instead of 10005460373, the reigning world champion would be e.g. SVK19900126-2743 - so he (and everyone else) would only have to remember four digits instead of eleven.
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    Re: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad #OHN
    « Reply #6 on: February 10, 2017, 16:19 »
    provisional start list ...
    Great stuff, look at that Quick Step line up, talk about starting with a bang!
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    Re: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad #OHN
    « Reply #7 on: February 15, 2017, 16:42 »
    Roadbook added to the OP
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