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.

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The route features 13 ‘hellingen’ (climbs), three of which are on cobbles – and the intensity gradually increases. The final two ‘walls’, 26km from the finish, are the Muur van Geraardsbergen (475 metres, 9.3 per cent, max 19.8 per cent) and the partly-cobbled Bosberg (980m, 5.8 per cent, max 11 per cent). Following the Bosberg, there will be a final 12km to go before the line.

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018 TV guide

Eurosport will be showing live coverage from the race, as well as highlights at various times.

>>> Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne TV guide

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018 start list

Of the 18 UCI WorldTour teams, all but Movistar take part in the race.

BMC Racing (USA)
1 VAN AVERMAET, Greg
2 DRUCKER, Jean-Pierre
3 KÜNG, Stefan
4 ROELANDTS, Jurgen
5 SCHÄR, Michael
6 VAN HOOYDONCK, Nathan
7 VENTOSO ALBERDI, Francisco José

Ag2r La Mondiale (Fra)
11 BAGDONAS, Gediminas
12 DENZ, Nico
13 DILLIER, Silvan
14 DUVAL, Julien
15 GOUGEARD, Alexis
16 NAESEN, Oliver
17 VANDENBERGH, Stijn

Astana (Kaz)
21 DE VREESE, Laurens
22 GATTO, Oscar
23 GRUZDEV, Dmitriy
24 KORSAETH, Truls
25 LUTSENKO, Alexey
26 NIELSEN, Magnus Cort
27 VALGREN ANDERSEN, Michael

Bahrain-Merida (Brn)
31 BOLE, Grega
32 BOZIC, Borut
33 COLBRELLI, Sonny
34 GARCIA CORTINA, Ivan
35 KOREN, Kristjan
36 PER, David
37 PIBERNIK, Luka

Bora-Hansgrohe (Ger)
41 BURGHARDT, Marcus
42 OSS, Daniel
43 PFINGSTEN, Christoph
44 POSTLBERGER, Lukas
45 SARAMOTINS, Aleksejs
46 SCHILLINGER, Andreas
47 SCHWARZMANN, Michael

EF Education First-Drapac (USA)
51 BRESCHEL, Matti
52 DOCKER, Mitchell
53 LANGEVELD, Sebastian
54 MODOLO, Sacha
55 SCULLY, Thomas
56 OWEN, Logan
57 VANMARCKE, Sep

Groupama-FDJ (Fra)
61 DEMARE, Arnaud
62 DUCHESNE, Antoine
63 DELAGE, Mickael
64 HOELGAARD, Daniel
65 KONOVALOVAS, Ignatas
66 LE GAC, Olivier
67 SINKELDAM, Ramon

Lotto-Soudal (Bel)
71 BAK, Lars Ytting
72 BENOOT, Tiesj
73 DE BUYST, Jasper
74 KEUKELEIRE, Jens
75 NAESEN, Lawrence
76 WALLAYS, Jelle
77 WELLENS, Tim

Mitchelton-Scott (Aus)
81 DURBRIDGE, Luke
82 EDMONDSON, Alexander
83 HAMILTON, Lucas
84 HAYMAN, Mathew
85 HEPBURN, Michael
86 JUUL JENSEN, Christopher
87 TRENTIN, Matteo

Quick-Step Floors (Bel)
91 DEVENYNS, Dries
92 GAVIRIA, Fernando
93 GILBERT, Philippe
94 KEISSE, Iljo
95 LAMPAERT, Yves
96 STYBAR, Zdenek
97 TERPSTRA, Niki

Dimension Data (RSA)
101 BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald
102 DOUGALL, Nicolas
103 EISEL, Bernhard
104 GIBBONS, Ryan
105 THOMSON, Jay Robert
106 THWAITES, Scott
107 VERMOTE, Julien

Katusha-Alpecin (Sui)
111 BIERMANS, Jenthe
112 HOLLENSTEIN, Reto
113 KUZNETSOV, Viacheslav
114 MATHIS, Marco
115 PLANCKAERT, Baptiste
116 POLITT, Nils
117 SCHMIDT, Mads Würtz

LottoNL-Jumbo (Ned)
121 BOUWMAN, Koen
122 JANSEN, Amund Grondahl
123 LEEZER, Thomas
124 LINDEMAN, Bert-Jan
125 ROOSEN, Timo
126 TANKINK, Bram
127 WYNANTS, Maarten

Team Sky (GBr)
131 DIBBEN, Jonathan
132 DOULL, Owain
133 GOLAS, Michal
134 KNEES, Christian
135 LAWLESS, Christopher
136 VAN BAARLE, Dylan
137 WISNIOWSKI, Lukasz

Team Sunweb (Ger)
141 ANDERSEN, Søren Kragh
142 CURVERS, Roy
143 HINDLEY, Jai
144 MATTHEWS, Michael
145 STAMSNIJDER, Tom
146 THEUNS, Edward
147 TUSVELD, Martijn

Trek-Segafredo (USA)
151 FELLINE, Fabio
152 MULLEN, Ryan
153 NIZZOLO, Giacomo
154 PEDERSEN, Mads
155 RAST, Gregory
156 STUYVEN, Jasper
157 VAN POPPEL, Boy

UAE Team Emirates (UAE)
161 BONO, Matteo
162 CONSONNI, Simone
163 GANNA, Filippo
164 MARCATO, Marco
165 RIABUSHENKO, Aleksandr
166 SWIFT, Ben
167 TROIA, Oliviero

Cofidis, Solutions Credits (FRA)
171 LAPORTE, Christophe
172 CLAEYS, Dimitri
173 LEMOINE, Cyril
174 TURGIS, Anthony
175 VAN LERBERGHE, Bert
176 VAN STAEYEN, Michael
177 VANBILSEN, Kenneth

Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij (NED)
181 ARIESEN, Tim
182 GERTS, Floris
183 LIGTHART, Pim
184 VAN GINNEKEN, Sjoerd
185 VAN GOETHEM, Brian
186 VERMELTFOORT, Coen
187 WEENING, Pieter

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise (BEL)
191 CAPIOT, Amaury
192 DECLERCQ, Benjamin
193 DE GENDT, Aimé
194 SPRENGERS, Thomas
195 PLANCKAERT, Edward
196 VAN GESTEL, Dries
197 VAN HECKE, Preben

Fortuneo-Samsic (FRA)
201 CARBEL SVENDGAARD, Michael
202 DANIEL, Maxime
203 GERARD, Arnaud
204 JARRIER, Benoit
205 PERICHON, Pierre-Luc
206 VACHON, Florian
207 WELTEN, Bram

Verandas Willems-Crelan (BEL)
211 DE BIE, Sean
212 DE BONDT, Dries
213 DEVOLDER, Stijn
214 DUIJN, Huub
215 STEELS, Stijn
216 VAN AERT, Wout
217 LEYSEN, Senne

Vital Concept Cycling Club (FRA)
221 BOECKMANS, Kris
222 COQUARD, Bryan
223 DE BACKER, Bert
224 LEBON, Johan
225 MÜLLER, Patrick
226 MORICE, Julien
227 VANGENECHTEN, Jonas

Wanty-Groupe Gobert (BEL)
231 BACKAERT, Frederik
232 DEVRIENDT, Tom
233 KREDER, Wesley
234 OFFREDO, Yoann
235 SMITH, Dion
236 VAN KEIRSBULCK, Guillaume
237 VANSPEYBROUCK, Pieter

WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic (BEL)
241 DE WINTER, Ludwig
242 ISTA, Kevyn
243 JULES, Justin
244 KIRSCH, Alex
245 SPENGLER, Lukas
246 STASSEN, Julien
247 VANTOMME, Maxime

25 women’s teams will take part:

Lotto Soudal Ladies (Bel)
Experza-Footlogix (Bel)
Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport (Bel)
Healt Mate-Cyclelive Team (Bel)
Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team (Ned)
Team Sunweb (Ned)
WaowDeals Pro Cycling (Ned)
Parkhotel Valkenburg (Ned)
Mitchelton-Scott (Aus)
Alé Cipollini (Ita)
Aromitalia-Vaiano (Ita)
Valcar PBM (Ita)
FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope (Fra)
Team Virtu Cycling Women (Den)
Canyon-SRAM (Ger)
Hitec (Nor)
Wiggle-High5 (GBR)
WNT Rotor Pro Cycling (GBR)
Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
BTV Ljubljana (Slov)
Isorex (Club)
Autoglas Wetteren (Club)
Sprinters Malderen (Club)
Keukens Redant (Club)
Jos Feron (Ned)

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad previous winners

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) managed to pip Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to take the win at the 2017 edition of the cobbled classic. 

Sagan appeared to be the strongest rider during much of the race – but he opened an early sprint, allowing himself to be caught on the final bend were the Belgium rider from BMC was able to nip past him.

2005 Nick Nuyens (BEL) Quick-Step–Innergetic
2006 Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Française des Jeux
2007 Filippo Pozzato (ITA) Liquigas
2008 Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Française des Jeux
2009 Thor Hushovd (NOR) Cervélo TestTeam
2010 Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP) Team Sky
2011 Sebastian Langeveld (NED) Rabobank
2012 Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) Garmin–Barracuda
2013 Luca Paolini (ITA) Team Katusha
2014 Ian Stannard (GBR) Team Sky
2015 Ian Stannard (GBR) Team Sky
2016 Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing Team
2017 Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing Team

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad women’s previous winners

The women’s race in 2017 produced a very different finale, with Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) breaking away from a reduced group of six, with 20-kilometres to go. She was able to ride to the finish solo, with second place being awarded 15 seconds adrift to Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans).

2006 Suzanne de Goede AA Drink Cycling
2007 Mie Bekker Lacota Flexipoint
2008 Kirsten Wild AA Drink Cycling
2009 Suzanne de Goede Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
2010 Emma Johansson Red Sun Cycling Team
2011 Emma Johansson HiTec Products-UCK
2012 Loes Gunnewijk GreenEDGE-AIS
2013 Tiffany Cromwell Orica-AIS
2014 Amy Pieters Skil Koga
2015 Anna van der Breggen Rabo-Liv
2016 Lizzie Armitstead Boels-Dolmans
2017 Lucinda Brand Team Sunweb

  • Matthew Logan

    It is. Sky ch 464 1:15pm

  • Jack

    I was hoping it would be 🙁

  • David Dubost

    Why is this not on TV?