Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2020 odds
Who wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2020?
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2020
The 75th edition of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad will be held on February 29th in Belgian territory, it will be the first spring classic on flamenco cobbled and it will meet the main World Tour specialists of the one-day races. The 200 kilometer race will run from Ghent to Ninove. It will be the first UCI World Tour race in the European territory of the season.
Preview and route
The first classic of the season has a route practically similar to that of 2019 with a total of 13 hills and nine cobbled sections. So the race leaves Ghent and until kilometer 40 does not start the succession of dimensions and sections of cobbled. At that point, the cyclists will face Leberg (950 m - Average 4.2% - Max 13.8%), which will have to be climbed three times. It is the first hill, the fourth and the ninth. After passing Leberg the next point is Den Ast (450 m at kilometer 76.5). After the shortest hill and after passing the 100 kilometers, the next hill is the second-longest: Katteberg (1000 m). Then it is repeated again with Leberg and then link a continuous rise and fall. The fifth hill is in Rekelberg (800 m - Average 4% - Max 9%) at kilometer 126. Valkenberg (540 m - Average 8.1%, max 12.8%) then will come, Wolvenberg (645 m - Average 7.9% - Max. 17.3%), Molenberg (463 m - Average 7% - Max. 14.2% with 300 m cobbled) and the third pass through Leberg. The tenth hill is Berendries (940 m - Average 7% - Max. 12.3%) and followed by Elverenberg - Vossenhol (1,268 m - Average 3.6% - Max. 9%), which is the longest hill. In the last 20 kilometers the bunch will face first Muur - Kapelmuur (475 m - Average 9.3% - Max. 19.8% - 475 m cobbled) and then Bosberg (980 m - Average 5.8% - Max. 11% with 400 m of cobbled road). Once passed this point, it will take 13 kilometers to reach Ninove.
Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) will seek to repeat the victory he achieved in 2019 when he reached the finish line alone, before than Greg Van Avermaet and Tim Wellens. Van Avermaet will try to add his third win in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and thus reach Van Petegem, Bruyere and Sterckx, who are the only ones with three victories. We cannot forget Mathieu Van der Poel, who will be a very important cyclist for this classic, and we need to take in our bets for many races this year.
Other cyclists to consider could be Peter Sagan, Jasper Philipsen, Philippe Gilbert, John Degenkolb, Michael Valgren, Jasper Stuyven, Oliver Naesen, Yves Lampaert or Bob Jungels.