Het Nieuwsblad kicks off Classics season on Saturday

Podium (l-r): Juan Antonio Flecha (third), Thor Hushovd (winner), Kevyn Ista (second)

The Classics season kicks off this weekend with the traditional Belgian season-opener Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday.

15 cobbled sections and 12 climbs separate the mere mortals from Classics glory this weekend, whilst the heavy rain and strong wind predicted for Ghent on Saturday will certainly take some adjusting to after the sweltering heat of Qatar and Oman.

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