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2017 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (formerly Het Volk)
(World Tour)
, Belgium

72nd edition: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad podium history | 2016 edition | Map & profile | Climbs & cobbled sectors | Start list

Gent - Gent, 198 km

Greg van Avermaet

Greg van Avermaet gets his second consecutive Omloop Het Nieuwsblad win. Photo: TDW Sport

The race: Here's the organizer's race report:

‘What a finish!’ expresses how almost all cycling fans felt returning home after a splendid edition of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Sunny weather, crowds of curious spectators at the start and finish and big names eager to triumph: all the ingredients were present in Ghent to guarantee an exciting race.

Keen to present themselves to the public, Veranda’s Willems Cycling Team made their way to the starting line as a substitute for Giant-Alpecin. In the first breakaway of the day, the Belgian continental team sent three men. The pack remained in the background, keeping a close eye on the twelve escapees, continually checking their progress.

Once the cyclists reached the Taaienberg stretch, the circuit broke open. Luke Rowe (Sky) accelerated, joined by cycling heroes Greg van Avermaet (BMC), Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).

A very strong Kai Reus (Veranda’s Willems) got a puncture at a crucial moment and had to let the lead group, which included the four pursuers and the last man left, Alexis Gougeard (AG2R), go ahead.

Although Etixx-Quick Step and Katusha, standing out on account of their absence from the front of the pack, managed to make their way to the front, their speed was seriously impaired twice by a crash at the front of the pack. Besides Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step), Jasper Stuyven crashed the moment the front runners entered his line of sight.

Ultimately, the winner emerged from the lead group of five, even if the pack was close on his heels in the final kilometres. Greg van Avermaet couldn’t have been in a better position when he approached the new finish line on Emile Clauslaan and got ahead early. Sagan and Benoot allowed themselves to be surprised and were simply unable to overtake a fully unleashed Greg van Avermaet.

The BMC racer came in first across the finish line accompanied by loud cheering, pocketing the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2016 as the first classic triumph in his career

Complete Results:

198 starters, 116 classified finishers, 82 abandons

198 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.258 km/hr

1 Greg VAN AVERMAET BMC 4hr 55min 6sec
2 Peter SAGAN Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
3 Sep VANMARCKE Cannondale Drapac s.t.
4 Fabio FELLINE Trek-Segafredo @ 45sec
5 Oscar GATTO Astana @ 52sec
6 Luke ROWE Sky s.t.
7 Oliver NAESEN Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
8 Jasper STUYVEN Trek-Segafredo s.t.
9 Matteo TRENTIN Quick-Step 56
10 Adrien PETIT Direct Energie 58
11 Frederik BACKAERT Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
12 Mike TEUNISSEN Sunweb s.t.
13 Philippe GILBERT Quick-Step s.t.
14 Zdenek ŠTYBAR Quick-Step s.t.
15 Jurgen ROELANDTS Lotto Soudal +1:02
16 Magnus Cort NIELSEN Orica-Scott +2:41
17 Marcus BURGHARDT Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
18 Timo ROOSEN Lotto NL-Jumbo +2:44
19 Matti BRESCHEL Astana s.t.
20 Arnaud DEMARE FDJ s.t.
21 Guillaume VAN KEIRSBULCK Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
22 Michael SCHÄR BMC s.t.
23 Justin JULES WB Veranclassic s.t.
24 Gediminas BAGDONAS Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
25 Dylan GROENEWEGEN Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
26 Søren Kragh ANDERSEN Sunweb s.t.
27 Yoann OFFREDO Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
28 Kristijan KOREN Cannondale Drapac s.t.
29 Jasper DE BUYST Lotto Soudal +2:59
30 MICHAEL VALGREN ANDERSEN Astana s.t.
31 Benoit JARRIER Fortuneo-Vital Concept s.t.
32 Kevin ISTA WB Veranclassic s.t.
33 Taco VAN DER HOORN Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
34 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC s.t.
35 Sonny COLBRELLI Bahrain-Merida s.t.
36 Florian SENECHAL Cofidis s.t.
37 Alexis GOUGEARD Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
38 Sebastian LANGEVELD Cannondale Drapac s.t.
39 Bert VAN LERBERGHE Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
40 Luke DURBRIDGE Orica-Scott s.t.
41 Jesper ASSELMAN Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
42 Ignatas KONOVALOVAS FDJ s.t.
43 Brian VAN GOETHEM Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
44 Jos VAN EMDEN Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
45 Francisco Jose VENTOSO BMC s.t.
46 Gianni MOSCON Sky s.t.
47 Edward THEUNS Trek-Segafredo s.t.
48 ANDREY GRIVKO Astana s.t.
49 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Orica-Scott s.t.
50 Mathew HAYMAN Orica-Scott s.t.
51 Niki TERPSTRA Quick-Step s.t.
52 Preben VAN HECKE Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise +3:07
53 Sylvain CHAVANEL Direct Energie s.t.
54 Stijn VANDENBERGH Ag2r La Mondiale +4:36
55 Maarten WYNANTS Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
56 Quentin JAUREGUI Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
57 Reto HOLLENSTEIN Katusha Alpecin +4:37
58 Peter KONING Aqua Blue Sport +4:42
59 Jelle WALLAYS Lotto Soudal +5:26
60 Stijn DEVOLDER Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
61 Stefan KÜNG BMC +7:45
62 Jimmy TURGIS Cofidis s.t.
63 Christoph PFINGSTEN Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
64 Maxime FARAZIJN Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
65 Bert DE BACKER Sunweb s.t.
66 Stijn STEELS Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
67 Thomas SPRENGERS Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
68 Huub DUYN Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
69 Laurens DE VREESE Astana +7:49
70 Christian KNEES Sky s.t.
71 Pim LIGTHART Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
72 Martin ELMIGER BMC s.t.
73 Gregory RAST Trek-Segafredo s.t.
74 Olivier PARDINI WB Veranclassic s.t.
75 Maciej BODNAR Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
76 Hugo HOULE Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
77 Frederik FRISON Lotto Soudal s.t.
78 Ian STANNARD Sky s.t.
79 THOMAS BOUDAT Direct Energie s.t.
80 Franck BONNAMOUR Fortuneo-Vital Concept s.t.
81 Dylan VAN BAARLE Cannondale Drapac s.t.
82 Tom VAN ASBROECK Cannondale Drapac +9:09
83 Ramon SINKELDAM Sunweb s.t.
84 Marco COLEDAN Trek-Segafredo s.t.
85 Dennis VAN WINDEN Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
86 Iljo KEISSE Quick-Step s.t.
87 Roy CURVERS Sunweb s.t.
88 Andreas SCHILLINGER Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
89 Lawrence NAESEN WB Veranclassic s.t.
90 Sander CORDEEL Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
91 Ivan GARCIA CORTINA Bahrain-Merida s.t.
92 Ryan MULLEN Cannondale Drapac s.t.
93 Julien MORICE Direct Energie s.t.
94 Olivier LE GAC FDJ s.t.
95 Maxime VANTOMME WB Veranclassic s.t.
96 Gijs VAN HOECKE Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
97 Yves LAMPAERT Quick-Step +9:16
98 Jérôme BAUGNIES Wanty-Groupe Gobert +9:17
99 Bram TANKINK Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
100 Florian VACHON Fortuneo-Vital Concept s.t.
101 Lukasz WISNIOWSKI Sky +11:37
102 Tony MARTIN Katusha Alpecin s.t.
103 Sven erik BYSTRØM Katusha Alpecin s.t.
104 Boris VALLEE Fortuneo-Vital Concept s.t.
105 Danny VAN POPPEL Sky s.t.
106 Arman KAMYSHEV Astana s.t.
107 Lasse Norman HANSEN Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
108 Daniel HOELGAARD FDJ s.t.
109 Adam BLYTHE Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
110 Maxime DANIEL Fortuneo-Vital Concept s.t.
111 Julien VERMOTE Quick-Step s.t.
112 Svein TUFT Orica-Scott s.t.
113 Guillaume BOIVIN Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
114 Wesley KREDER Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
115 Tom SCULLY Cannondale Drapac s.t.
116 PIERRE LUC PERICHON Fortuneo-Vital Concept +13:01

Race map & profile:

2017 Het Nieuwsblad map

2017 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad map

Het Nieuwsblad profile

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad profile 1st 100 kms

Het Nieuwsblad profile

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad profile second portion


Climbs & cobbled sections (Thanks to Wikipedia)

No. Name Distance
from start
To finish Surface Length
(meters)
Av gradient Max gradient
Haaghoek 51.4 km 146.9 km cobbles 2000
1 Leberg 54.4 143.9 asphalt 950 4.20% 13.80%
2 Berendries 58.5 139.8 asphalt 940 7% 12.30%
3 Tenbosse 63.4 134.9 asphalt 450 6.90% 8.70%
4 Eikenmolen 68.9 129.4 asphalt 610 5.90% 12.50%
5 Muur van
Geraardsbergen
80.7 117.6 cobbles 750 9.30% 19.80%
6 Valkenberg 98.4 99.9 asphalt 540 8.10% 12.80%
Haaghoek 107.2 91.1 cobbles 2000
7 Kaperij 117 81.3 asphalt 1000 5.50% 9%
8 Kruisberg 128.9 69.4 asphalt &
cobbles
1800 4.80% 9%
Donderij 133.6 64.7 cobbles 800
9 Taaienberg 138.6 59.7 cobbles 530 6.60% 15.80%
10 Eikenberg 143.9 54.4 cobbles 1200 5.20% 10%
11 Wolvenberg 147 51.3 asphalt 645 7.90% 17.30%
Ruiterstraat 147.1 51.2 cobbles 800
Karel Martelstraat 148.4 49.9 cobbles 1300
Holleweg 149.8 48.5 cobbles 350
Haaghoek 154.4 43.9 cobbles 2000
12 Leberg 157.4 40.9 asphalt 950 4.20% 13.80%
13 Molenberg 162.9 35.4 cobbles 463 7% 14.20%
Paddestraat 167.8 30.5 cobbles 2300
Lippenhovestraat 170.5 27.8 cobbles 1300
Lange Munte 177.5 20.8 cobbles 2500

Start list with back numbers, February 24, 2017:

  BMC
1 Greg Van Avermaet
2 Martin Elmiger
3 Floris Gerts
4 Stefan Küng
5 Daniel Oss
6 Michael Schar
7 Jeanne-Pierre Drucker
8 Francisco Jose Ventoso Alberdi
   
  Bora-hansgrohe
11 Peter Sagan
12 Marcus Burghardt
13 Michal Kolar
14 Christoph Pfingsten
15 Lukas Postlberger
16 Maciej Bodnar
17 Aleksejs Saramotins
18 Andreas Schillinger
   
  Quick-Step Floors
21 Tom Boonen
22 Philippe Gilbert
23 Iljo Keisse
24 Yves Lampaert
25 Zdenek Stybar
26 Niki Terpstra
27 Matteo Trentin
28 Julien Vermote
   
  Lotto Soudal
31 Tiesj Benoot
32 Jasper De Buyst
33 Jens Debusschere
34 Frederik Frison
35 Nikolas Maes
36 Jürgen Roelandts
37 James Shaw
38 Jelle Wallays
   
  Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
41 Sep Vanmarcke
42 Tom Van Asbroeck
43 Sebastian Langeveld
44 Taylor Phinney
45 Thomas Scully
46 Patrick Bevin
47 Dylan Van Baarle
48 Kristjan Koren
   
  Astana Pro Team
51 Laurens De Vreese
52 Matti Breschel
53 Oscar Gatto
54 Andriy Grivko
55 Arman Kamyshev
56 Truls Engen Korsaeth
57 Ruslan Tleubayev
58 Michael Valgren Andersen
   
  Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
61 Sonny Colbrelli
62 Borut Bozic
63 Ivan Garcia Cortina
64 Jon Ander Insausti
65 Vincenzo Nibali
66 Domen Novak
67 David Per
68 Luka Pibernik
   
  FDJ
71 Arnaud Demare
72 Marc Fournier
73 Jacopo Guarnieri
74 Daniel Hoelgaard
75 Ignatas Konovalovas
76 Matthieu Ladagnous
77 Olivier Le Gac
78 Marc Sarreau
   
  Orica-Scott
81 Jens Keukeleire
82 Luke Durbridge
84 Mathew Hayman
85 Christopher Juul Jensen
86 Sam Bewley
87 Magnus Cort Nielsen
88 Svein Tuft
   
  Katusha - Alpecin
91 Jenthe Biermans
92 Baptiste Planckaert
93 Reto Hollenstein
94 Alexander Kristoff
95 Viacheslav Kuznetsov
96 Tony Martin
97 Michael Morkov Christensen
98 Sven Erik Bystrom
   
  LottoNL - Jumbo
101 Lars Boom
102 Gijs Van Hoecke
103 Dylan Groenewegen
104 Tom Leezer
105 Timo Roosen
106 Bram Tankink
107 Jos Van Emden
108 Maarten Wynants
   
  Team Sunweb
111 Roy Curvers
112 Bert De Backer
113 Ramon Sinkeldam
114 Tom Stamsnijder
115 Mike Teunissen
116 Zico Waeytens
117 Max Walscheid
118 Soren Kragh Andersen
   
  Trek-Segafredo
121 Edward Theuns
122 Jasper Stuyven
123 Markel Irizar Aranburu
124 Mads Pedersen
125 Grégory Rast
126 Fabio Felline
127 Matthias Brandle
128 Marco Coledan
   
  Team Sky
131 Michal Golas
132 Christian Knees
133 Gianni Moscon
134 Salvatore Puccio
135 Luke Rowe
136 Ian Stannard
137 Danny Van Poppel
138 Lukasz Wisniowski
   
  AG2R
141 Stijn Vandenbergh
142 Oliver Naesen
143 Julien Duval
144 Alexis Gougeard
145 Hugo Houle
146 Quentin Jauregui
147 Gediminas Bagdonas
148 Nico Denz
   
  Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
151 Aime De Gendt
152 Maxime Farazijn
153 Edward Planckaert
154 Kevin Deltombe
155 Thomas Sprengers
156 Stijn Steels
157 Preben Van Hecke
158 Bert Van Lerberghe
   
  Wanty - Groupe Gobert
161 Simone Antonini
162 Frederik Backaert
163 Wesley Kreder
164 Yoann Offredo
165 Guillaume Van Keirsbulk
166 Kevin Van Melsen
167 Pieter Vanspeybrouck
168 Jerome Baugnies
   
  WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
171 Justin Jules
172 Julien Stassen
173 Kevyn Ista
174 Alex Kirsch
175 Lawrence Naesen
176 Olivier Pardini
177 Lukas Spengler
178 Maxime Vantomme
   
  Vérandas Willems-Crelan
181 Gaetan Bille
182 Sander Cordeel
183 Dries De Bondt
184 Stijn Devolder
185 Huub Duijn
186 Timothy Dupont
187 Michael Goolaerts
188 Otto Vergaerde
   
  Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
191 Jesper Asselman
192 Berden De Vries
193 Pim Ligthart
194 Elmar Reinders
195 Taco Van der Hoorn
196 Jens Mouris
197 Brian Van Goethem
198 Coen Vermeltfoort
   
  Fortuneo - Vital Concept
201 Franck Bonnamour
202 Erwann Corbel
203 Maxime Daniel
204 Benoit Jarrier
205 Daniel Mclay
206 Pierre-Luc Perichon
207 Florian Vachon
208 Boris Vallee
   
  Direct Energie
211 Ryan Anderson
212 Thomas Boudat
213 Romain Cardis
214 Sylvain Chavanel
215 Bryan Coquard
216 Antoine Duchesne
217 Julien Morice
218 Adrien Petit
   
  Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
221 Dimitri Claeys
222 Hugo Hofstetter
223 Christophe Laporte
224 Cyril Lemoine
225 Florian Senechal
226 Anthony Turgis
227 Jimmy Turgis
228 Kenneth Van Bilsen
   
  Israel Cycling Academy
231 Guillaume Boivin
232 Zakkari Dempster
233 Ben Perry
234 Mihkel Raim
235 Hamish Schreurs
236 Dennis Van Winden
237 Tyler Williams
238 Krists Neilands
   
  Aqua Blue Sport
241 Adam Blythe
242 Matthew Brammeier
243 Conor Dunne
244 Andrew Fenn
245 Aaron Gate
246 Lasse Normann Hansen
247 Leigh Howard
248 Peter Koning