With the 73rd edition of the Omloop het Nieuwsblad (WorldTour) is Saturday the new Belgian cycling season on the hallway shot. 175 riders took the departure at the ICC in Ghent. The finish line is for the first time in Meerbeke, on the Halsesteenweg, until 2011, the aankomstsite of the Tour of Flanders. Despite the cold, there was an unprecedented turnout for this show, with the introduction of the absolute favourite Greg Van Avermaet as the highlight.
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The Omloop het Nieuwsblad this year, 196,2 km long and is peppered with thirteen slopes and a suit kasseizones. The winner of the last two editions of the olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet, is one of the favorites. There with Van Avermaet, Sep Vanmarcke, Gilbert and Dutchman Sebastian Langeveld four former winners at the start. Also Tiesj Benoot, Tim Wellens and Belgian champion Oliver Naesen a chance to win the victory.
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Wins Greg Van Avermaet again, he is the only rider who three times in a row, the opening classic to his name, knows how to write. Philippe Gilbert after 2006 and 2008, for the third time win. Did Ernest Sterckx (1952, 1953 and 1956), Joseph Bruyère (1974, 1975, and 1980) and Peter Van Petegem (1997, 1998, and 2002) that also all. About 16u35 is the winner of the opening classic known.
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