Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2017 odds
The 72nd edition of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad will be held on Saturday, February 25th, 2017. It is the first great classic on European soil and the race is seen as the unofficial opening of the European cycling season. The start and finish will take place in Ghent and the total distance of the race is 198.3 kilometers.
After a year's absence, the Molenberg back last slope in the course. The cobbled climb with a steepest stretch of 14.2% is more than 35 kilometers from the finish line.
The last edition was won by Greg Van Avermaet . In the final he was too strong for his fellow escapees Peter Sagan , Tiesj Benoot and Luke Rowe . Niki Terpstra finished 30th and was the best Dutchman. The Tower is the first of the two courses of the Flemish opening weekend. The other is Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne .
While the Boom Beke Mountain is removed from the track compared to last year, the Molenberg has just returned to the route of the event.. This means that the riders get just as in 2016, thirteen ramps for the wheels. The first is the 950 meter long Leberg (an average of 4.2%, up 13.8%), which pops up after 54 kilometers. Barely after this follow the Berendries, Tenbosse and Eikenmolen together quickly, and the climbing stopped by.
The famous cobbled climb, which also is part of the Tour of Flanders after a few years absence in 2017 is 1.1 kilometers and an average of 8.7%. The steepest section of the 'Wall' clocked 20%. Then the riders at intervals of about 20 kilometers over the next two hurdles to go: the Valkenberg and privateering.
More than half of the slopes are now behind them. From the Cross, after a small 130 kilometers, the obstacles slide closer together. Over a distance of 34 kilometers the riders have to face the last six slopes of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for the wheels. Cross Mountain is 1.8 kilometers and is the longest slope of the day, but with a steepest section is to do good. The Taaienberg is another story, because the cobblestones lie sometimes with a slope of 15.8% on the earth. Then the cobblestones of the Eikenberg (10% maximum) and 3 kilometers then again the Wolvenberg (17.3% up), which goes directly into the cobblestones of sequentially Ruiterstraat (800 meters) and Charles Martel Street (1.3 kilometers). Then the cobblestones of the Holleweg do 350 meters long a modest stone on top.
Through the second kilometer cobble the Haaghoek rates the riders to the second climb of the Leberg and they face the Molenberg after 162 kilometers. The cobbled climb is 500 meters long, but with a steepest stretch of 14.2% going to do that at this stage of the fight pain.
In the last 35 kilometers are three cobblestones, after the arrival rises on Emile Clauslaan in Ghent light. Greg Van Avermaet unleashed as an imposing power sprint last year as the Olympic champion took an advance on a strong season.