'The Belgian opening weekend is big, almost as famous as the Tour of Flanders'

The opening weekend of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne is huge point of the season for Belgian super-team Deceuninck-Quick-Step

The Deceuninck-Quick-Step team train on the cobbles ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (DAVID STOCKMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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The opening weekend races in Belgium are almost as big as the Tour of Flanders, say Deceuninck-Quick-Step.

The team are racing this weekend's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne with stars including Yves Lampaert, Philippe Gilbert and Bob Jungels. Their other riders are in the UAE Tour fighting for Elia Viviani.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.