Hello friends of OA Sport and welcome to LIVE LIVE of the 77th edition of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad , the Flemish race that opens the Northern Classics season.
Departure from Gent and arrival in Ninove for the beauty of 204 kilometers. There are no major changes compared to the last editions: nine sections of pavé and thirteen walls. The first half of the race will be rather quiet with only two sections of cobblestones, that of Haaghoek , immediately followed by the first pass on Leberg (950 meters at 4.2% to be tackled on three occasions) and that of Huisepontweg . The race will warm up with the passage over the Kattenberg and the paved sector of Holleweg , followed by a new passage along the 2000 meters of the Haaghoek section and the Leberg . Just over five kilometers away and runners will be awaited by one of the most demanding cobblestone segments, and the longest of the day, that of Paddestraat which measures 2.3 kilometers. This is followed by about thirty kilometers of relative quiet that will see the 1275 meters at 5.1% of Hostellerie and the Valkenberg tear as the only difficulties. 55 kilometers from the finish when the Wolvenberg will be tackled (645 meters at 7.9% with peaks at 17%), immediately followed by three consecutive pavé sectors: Holleweg (650 m), Kerkgate (1400 m) and Jagerij (800 m) ). The historic Molenberg will be replaced by the unprecedented combination of Marlboroughstraat (900m at 4.4%) and Biesestraat (820m at 3.8%). The race will continue without breath with the third, and last, passage on the Leberg , always preceded by the Haaghoek , followed by the Berendries (940m at 7%) and by the less demanding Elverenberg – Vossenhol (1268m at 3.6%) less than 30 kilometers from the ‘I arrive. At this point the pairing formed by the iconic Muur di Grammont , with its 475 meters entirely paved with peaks at 20%, immediately followed by the Bosberg (980 m at 5.8%), could decide the fate of the race. In fact, only 13 kilometers will be missing from the finish line. From here on, the runners just have to give their all in the short stretch of plain that leads to the finish line at Ninove .
Our Davide Ballerini who raised his arms in the sprint last year will not be there. Among the winners of this race there will be only Jasper Stuyven , a Belgian expert who has imposed himself on the roads of the Milan-Sanremo last season. Favorite above all Wout Van Aert : for the 1994 class of Jumbo-Visma this is the absolute debut of the season after having disengaged very well in cyclocross. Kasper Asgreen and our Sonny Colbrelli start immediately behind the grid. The Dane launched with the success in the Tour of Flanders, while the “Cobra” won a historic Paris-Roubaix for the Italian colors. Thomas Pidcock is to be considered more than an outsider even in the event of a sprint finish on this type of terrain.
For the Italian colors there are interesting arrows such as Matteo Trentin , always present when the road is hilly and a brilliant Alessandro Covi who won the Vuelta a Murcia and immediately after repeated himself at the Vuelta a Andalucia: the condition of the “Puma” is dazzling . Gianni Moscon will not want to start his experience with Astana by acting as an extra after a Paris-Roubaix as a great protagonist.
OA Sport offers you LIVE LIVE from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2022 , the first Northern Classic of the international cycling season. The departure is scheduled for 11.15, we will follow the race in its entirety. Have fun!