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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (HC)
formerly
Omloop Het Volk

Winners, podium, distance, average speed

The Omloop Het Volk bicycle race was originally organized by the Het Volk newspaper as a competitive move against the Het Nieuwsblad's very popular Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders). When the Het Volk newspaper was taken over by Het Nieuwsblad, the new owners also renamed the race.

The Het Nieuwsblad is first important race on the Belgian racing calender, held on a Saturday at the end of February or the beginning of March. In 1986 and 2004 the race was cancelled because of snow. Het Nieuwsblad is a Belgian affair, with only 3 foreign winners, Franco Ballerini, Michele Bartoli and Filippo Pozzato. Fausto Coppi made an illegal wheel change in 1948 and was disqualified.

The general agreement is that seven races constitute the Classics: Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Ghent-Wevelgem, Paris-Roubaix, Flèche Wallone, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour of Lombardy. Some writers include the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Amstel Gold, Rund und den Henniger Turm, Paris-Brussels and Paris-Tours, but these races are usually regarded as "Semi Classics": important, but not having the full prestige of the big seven.

The route generally starts and ends in Ghent and like the Tour of Flanders, it features short sharp cobbled climbs.

Year

1st place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Distance

Average Speed
km/hr

1945 Jean Bogaerts
5hr 39min 56sec
Maurice Desimpelaere
@ s.t.
Robert Van Eenaeme
@ s.t.
187 km 33.006
1946 André Pieters
6hr 17min
Marcel Rijckaert
@ 7sec
Emmanuel Thoma
@ 20sec
225 km 35.81
1947 Albert Sercu
7hr 18min 35sec
Emiel Faignaert
@ 2sec
Achille Buysse
@ 56sec
240 km 32.833
1948 Sylvain Grysolle
6hr 40min 2sec
Fausto Coppi
@ s.t.
(Coppi arrived 1st, relegated for illegal wheel change)
Marcel Hendrickx
@ s.t.
240m km 36.0
1949 André Declerck
7hr 11min
Frans Leenen
@ 1 length
Maurice Mollin
@ 50 meters
239 km 33.27
1950 André Declerck
6hr 12min 30sec
Maurice Meersman
@ s.t.
Briek Schotte
@ s.t.
235 km 37.85
1951 Jean Bogerts
5hr 35min 10sec
Lionel Van Brabant
@ 10 meters
Raymond Impanis
@ 30sec
204 km 36.52
1952 Ernest Sterckx
6hr 1min 42sec
Raymond Impanis
@ s.t.
André Declarck
@ s.t.
221 km 36.66
1953 Ernest Sterckx
6hr 7min
Maurice Mollin
@ s.t.
Marcel Rijckaert
@ s.t.
220 km 35.97
1954 Karel De Baere
6hr 17min
Roger Decorte
@ s.t.
Jan De Valck
@ s.t.
228 km 36.29
1955 Lode Anthonis
7hr 3min
André Rosseel
@ s.t.
André Vlayen
@ s.t.
233 km 33.05
1956 Ernest Sterckx
6hr 4min
Briek Schotte
@ s.t.
Leopold Schaeken
@ 26sec
227 km 37.42
1957 Norbert Kerckhove
5hr 22min 46sec
Pino Cerami
@ s.t.
Léon Van Daele
@ 14sec
207 km 38.48
1958 Josef Planckaert
5hr 26min 48sec
Rik Van Looy
@ 55sec
Roger De Corte
@ s.t.
203 km 37.27
1959 Seamus Elliot
5hr 15min 34sec
Fred De Bruyne
@ 10 meters
Theo Dingens
@ 12sec
210 km 39.91
1960 No race held
1961 Arthur De Cabooter
4hr 7min
Frans Schoubben
@ s.t.
Georges Decraeye
@ s.t.
177 km 43.0
1962 Robert De Middeleir
5hr 37min
Jan-Baptiste Claes
@ 1min 45sec
Roger De Coninck
@ 2min 10sec
218 km 38.87
1963 René Van Meenen
4hr 32min
Ludo Janssens
@ s.t.
Jean-Baptiste Claes
@ s.t.
181 km 39.93
1964 Frans Melckenbeeck
4hr 34min
Arthur De Cabooter
@ s.t.
Yvon Molenaers
@ s.t.
194 km 42.81
1965 Noël De Pauw
5hr 23min
Marcel Van Den Bogaert
@ 1min 17sec
Jos Van Der Vleuten
@ s.t.
223 km 41.42
1966 Joo De Roo
5hr 10min
Walter Godefroot
@ 5sec
Eddy Merckx
@ s.t.
213 km 41.23
1967 Willy Vekemans
4hr 59min
Joseph Spruyt
@ s.t.
Edward Sels
@ s.t.
203 km 40.74
1968 Herman Van Springel
4hr 47min 30sec
Rolf Wolfshohl
@ 4sec
Bernard Vandekerckhove
@ s.t.
193 km 40.28
1969 Roger De Vlaeminck
4hr 44min
Daniel Van Ryckeghem
@ s.t.
Valière Van Sweevelt
@ s.t.
193 km 40.77
1970 Frans Verbeeck
4hr 52min
Roger Rosiers
@ s.t.
André Dierickx
@ s.t.
195 km 40.07
1971 Eddy Merckx
4hr 45min
Roger Rosiers
@ 1min 53sec
Noël Vantyghem
@ s.t.
198 km 41.68
1972 Frans Verbeeck
4hr 51min
André Dierickx
@ s.t.
Eddy Merckx
@ s.t.
198 km 40.82
1973 Eddy Merckx
4hr 37min
Roger De Vlaeminck
@ 2sec
Albert Van Vlierberghe @ 1min 3sec 198 km 42.89
1974 Joseph Bruyère
4hr 35min
Patrick Sercu
@ 1min 22sec
Rik Van Linden
@ s.t.
193 km 42.11
1975 Joseph Bruyère
4hr 34min
Patrick Sercu
@ 37sec
José De Cauwer
@ s.t.
198 km 43.34
1976 Willem Peeters
4hr 46min
Hennie Kuiper
@ 6sec
Patrick Sercu 202 km 42.38
1977 Freddy Maertens
4hr 41min
Jan Raas
@ s.t.
Ludo Peeters 201 km 42.92
1978 Freddy Maertens
5hr 7min 30sec
Alfons Van Katwijk
@ s.t.
Jan Raas
@ s.t.
218 km 42.54
1979 Roger De Vlaeminck
5hr 19min 20sec
Jan Raas
@ s.t.
Frank Hoste
@ s.t.
215 km 40.40
1980 Joseph Bruyère
5hr 26min
Walter Planckaert
@ 6sec
Sean Kelly
@ s.t.
216 km 39.75
1981 Jan Raas
5hr 47min
Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle
@ s.t.
Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke
@ s.t.
224 km 38.73
1982 Fons De Wolf
5hr 27min
Graham Jones
@ 37sec
Sean Kelly
@ 37sec
217 km 39.82
1983 Fons De Wolf
5hr 33min
Jan Raas
@ s.t.
Luc Colijn
@ 2min 21sec
220 km 39.64
1984 Eddy Planckaert
5hr 24min 2sec
Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke
@ s.t.
Ludo Peeters
@ s.t.
226 km 41.85
1985 Eddy Planckaert
6h 3min
Jacques Hanegraaf
@ s.t.
Joseph Lieckens
@ 38sec
223 km 36.86
1986 Race not held because of snow
1987 Teun Van Vliet
6hr 6min
Steven Rooks
@ s.t.
Jan Goessens
@ s.t.
237 km 38.85
1988 Ronny Van Holen
5hr 50min
Johan Lammerts
@ 7sec
John Talen
@ 18sec
246 km 42.17
1989 Etienne De Wilde
6hr 46min
Sean Kelly
@ 5sec
Remig Stumpf
@ s.t.
244 km 36.06
1990 Johan Capiot
5hr 25min
Edwig Van Hooydonck
@ s.t.
Etienne De Wilde
@ s.t.
198 km 36.55
1991 Andreas Kappes
4hr 46min
Carlo Bomans
@ s.t.
Edwig Van Hooydonck
@ s.t.
201 km 42.17
1992 Johan Capiot
5hr 1min
Peter Pieters
@ s.t.
Eric Vanderaerden
@ s.t.
208 km 41.46
1993 Wilfried Nelissen
5hr 11min
Olaf Ludwig
@ 8sec
Eric Vanderaerden
@ s.t.
202 km 38.97
1994 Wilfried Nelissen
4hr 48min
Frédéric Moncassin
@ s.t.
Andreas Kappes
@ s.t.
200 km 41.67
1995 Franco Ballerini
5hr 8min 38sec
Edwig Van Hooydonck
@ 6sec
Andrei Tchmil
@ s.t.
205 km 39.85
1996 Tom Steels
5hr 6min
Hendrik Redant
@ s.t.
Olaf Ludwig
@ s.t.
205 km 40.20
1997 Peter Van Petegem
5hr 8min
Tom Steels
@ 8sec
Johan Capiot
@ s.t.
200 km 38.96
1998 Peter Van Petegem
5min 8sec
Gianluca Bortolami
@ 12sec
Andrei Tchmil
@ 15sec
202 km 39.35
1999 Frank Vandenbroucke
5hr 12min
Wilfried Peeters
@ s.t.
Tom Steels
@ 34sec
202 km 38.85
2000 Johan Museeuw
5hr 1min
Steffen Wesemann
@ 52sec
Servais Knaven
@ s.t.
204 km 40.66
2001 Michele Bartoli
4hr 52min
Hendrik Van dyck
@ s.t.
Matthé Pronk
@ s.t.
202 km 41.096
2002 Peter Van Petegem
4hr 52min 30sec
Frank Hoj
@ 4sec
Michael Vanhaecke
@ 16sec
202 km 41.436
2003 Johan Museeuw
5hr 1min 15sec
Max Van Heeswijk
@ 14sec
Paolo Bettini
@ s.t.
200 km 39.83
2004 Race not run
2005 Nick Nuyens
5hr 6min
Tom Boonen
@ 14sec
Steven De Jongh
@ s.t.
201 km 39.958
2006 Philippe Gilbert
4hr 56min 18sec
Bert De Waele
@ 38sec
Leon Van Bon
@ 54sec
202 km 40.904
2007 Filippo Pozzato
5hr 4min 38sec
Juan Antonio Flecha
@ 2sec
Tom Boonen
@ s.t.
210 km 41.361
2008 Philippe Gilbert
4hr 55min 25sec
Nick Nuyens
@ 58sec
Thor Hushovd
@ 1min 6sec
199 km 40.417
2009 Thor Hushovd
4hr 47min 45sec
Kevin Ista
@ s.t.
Juan Antonio Flecha
@ s.t.
204.5 km 43.98
2010 Juan Antonio Flecha
5hr 7min 15sec
Heinrich Haussler
@ 18sec
Tyler Farrar
@ s.t.
204.4 km 39.915
2011 Sebastian Langeveld
5hr 18min 3sec
Juan Antonio Flecha
@ s.t.
Mathew Hayman
@ 1min 1sec
203 km 38.296
2012 Sep Vanmarcke
4hr 52min 34sec
Tom Boonen
@ s.t.
Juan Antonio Flecha
@ s.t.
200 km 41.016
2013 Luca Paolini
4hr 52min 15sec
Stijn Vandenbergh
@ s.t.
Sven Vandousselaere
@ 1min 13sec
198 km 40.650
2014 Ian Stannard
4hr 49min 55sec
Greg van Avermaet
@ s.t.
Edvald Boasson Hagen
@ 24sec
199 km 40.98
2015 Ian Stannard
4hr 58min 41sec
Niki Terpstra
@ s.t.
Tom Boonen
@ 8sec
200 km 40.176
2016 Greg van Avermaet
4hr 54min 12sec
Peter Sagan
@ s.t.
Tiesj Benoot
@ s.t.
200.8 km 40.952
km/hr
2017 Greg van Avermaet
4hr 55min 6sec
Peter Sagan
@ s.t.
Sep Vanmarcke
@ s.t.
198 km 40.258
km/hr