Here are the favourites for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2020, according to the bookies

A certain Dutchman is offered at quite short odds...

Mathieu van der Poel at Volta ao Algarve 2020 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Every cycling article you'll read over the next few days will begin like so: 'The opening weekend in Belgium is upon us and that means the start of the proper cycling season'.

What it also means, however, is that the bookmakers can breathe a huge sigh of relief. No longer do they have to depend on punters putting on ridiculous football accas every weekend to keep them bouyant. Now the true cash cow of cycling fans putting £2 each way on the likes of Oliver Naesen and Nils Politt will fill their coffers and ensure no gambling firms fall on hard times this year.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.