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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018 odds

Who wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018?

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Greg Van Avermaet2.702.70
Philippe Gilbert9.009.00
Sep Vanmarcke12.0012.00
Jasper Stuyven13.0013.00
Oliver Naesen13.0013.00
Tim Wellens13.0013.00
Alexey Lutsenko15.0015.00
Niki Terpstra16.0016.00
Matteo Trentin21.0021.00
Zdenek Stybar26.0026.00
Any Other34.0034.00
Fernando Gaviria34.0034.00
Jürgen Roelandts34.0034.00
Sonny Colbrelli34.0034.00
Tiesj Benoot34.0034.00
Dylan Van Baarle41.0041.00
Magnus Cort41.0041.00
Michael Valgren41.0041.00
Dries Devenyns51.0051.00
Arnaud Démare67.0067.00
Daniel Oss67.0067.00
Edward Theuns67.0067.00
Michael Matthews67.0067.00
Wout Van Aert67.0067.00
Jens Keukeleire81.0081.00
Sacha Modolo81.0081.00
Stefan Küng81.0081.00
Yves Lampaert81.0081.00
Edvald Boasson Hagen101.00101.00
Fabio Felline101.00101.00
Lukas Pöstlberger101.00101.00
Sebastian Langeveld101.00101.00
Ben Swift126.00126.00
Bryan Coquard126.00126.00
Luke Durbridge126.00126.00
Oscar Gatto126.00126.00
Søren Kragh Andersen126.00126.00
Alexis Gougeard151.00151.00
Jasper De Buyst151.00151.00
Stijn Vandenbergh151.00151.00
Timo Roosen151.00151.00
Alberto Bettiol201.00201.00
Jonathan Dibben201.00201.00
Tom Van Asbroeck201.00201.00
Julien Vermote251.00251.00
Sean De Bie251.00251.00
Boy Van Poppel301.00301.00
Frederik Backaert301.00301.00
Giacomo Nizzolo301.00301.00
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck301.00301.00
Jelle Wallays301.00301.00
Laurens De Vreese301.00301.00
Lawrence Naesen301.00301.00
Maarten Wynants301.00301.00
Matti Breschel301.00301.00
Nathan Van Hooydonck301.00301.00
Pieter Vanspeybrouck301.00301.00
Silvan Dillier301.00301.00
Stijn Devolder301.00301.00
Yoann Offredo301.00301.00
Christopher Juul-Jensen351.00351.00
Heinrich Haussler351.00351.00
Baptiste Planckaert401.00401.00
Filippo Ganna401.00401.00
Jempy Drucker401.00401.00
Jonas Van Genechten401.00401.00
Kris Boeckmans401.00401.00
Lukasz Wisniowski401.00401.00
Marcus Burghardt401.00401.00
Mathew Hayman401.00401.00
Ramon Sinkeldam401.00401.00
Bert De Backer501.00501.00
Bert Van Lerberghe501.00501.00
Bram Tankink501.00501.00
Iljo Keisse501.00501.00
Jacopo Guarnieri501.00501.00
Jonas Rickaert501.00501.00
Lars Bak501.00501.00
Mads Würtz Schmidt501.00501.00
Marco Marcato501.00501.00
Pieter Weening501.00501.00
Alex Kirsch601.00601.00
Bert-Jan Lindeman601.00601.00
Michael Schär601.00601.00
Owain Doull601.00601.00
Truls Engen Korsæth601.00601.00

The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, in its 73rd year, is an upcoming one-day professional road cycling race, taking place on Saturday 24th February 2018 in Belgian region of Flanders. It’s the fourth top-tier professional cycling race in the 2018 UCI World Tour, and the first in the Flemish cycling calendar.

The Belgian race consists of a lot of the same climbs as the Tour of Flanders, and the 2018 race will be even more like the Flanders Tour because the finale now includes the Wall of Geraardsbergen and Bosberg climbs.

The previous two years have been won by the Belgian, Greg Van Avermaet, from Team BMC. In 2017, he finished ahead of Peter Sagan and Sep Vanmarcke. Prior to the wins by Greg Van Avermaet, British rider Ian Stannard from Team Sky won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015.

The 2018 route

The 2018 race route differs from 2017 as this time it will see the riders travel from Ghent to Meerbeke. In previous years, the race has started and ended in Ghent. The new 196 km route means the riders will have to tackle more of the hills of the Flemish Ardennes. Additionally, due to its February date, the race is often associated with cold, wet weather, which can prove unpredictable for the pack on the steep hills and cobbled sections of the course. Cobbled sections of the race can be incredibly tough in wet conditions!

Over the course of the race, the riders will have to face the famous hellingen (hills) of Flanders, of which there are thirteen in total. The Leberg is the most common one of them all, appearing three times on the 2018 route.

The finale of the race makes for a particularly interesting finish, with the Wall of Geraardsbergen and Bosberg coming in quick succession. As the riders near the finish, they will be met with a 1 km cobbled climb. This is immediately followed by another cobbled section of climbing. However, after reaching the top of the Bosberg, the riders will then race down to the finish line in Meerbeke.

Who is joining the peloton?

Belgian riders have a rich history of winning in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. In fact, a Belgian rider has won the race fifty six times. There are only three riders still left cycling today who have won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad twice. They are the British rider, Ian Stannard, and the two Belgians Greg Van Avermaet and Philippe Gilbert.

For the 2018 race, the peloton is going to include a strong line-up with some of cycling’s biggest names having confirmed their attendance. Expected to be in the pack is two-time winner Greg Van Avermaet, Arnaud Demare, Fernando Gaviria, Michael Matthews and previous winner Philippe Gilbert. However, one rider who will not be joining the race is the World Champion, and last year’s second placed rider, Peter Sagan.