The first European WorldTour race in the season is Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The riders set off in the same place as last year, namely Ghent, but the race will finish somewhere for the next five years. The line is in Meerbeke, near the white church on the Halsesteenweg, where the Tour de Flanders used to arrive until 2011.
The new arrival makes way for an interesting finale with the Muur van Geraardsbergen and Bosberg in quick succession. Firstly, a 7.6% cobbled climb of 1.1 kilometres before the next cobbles go up at 6.2% over the same distance. After cresting the Bosberg the riders plunge down to the finish in Meerbeke.
Full details have yet to be announced, but the finale of the 2018 Omloop het Nieuwsblad has already been confirmed. The race will amount to approximately 200 kilometres.
Greg Van Avermaet is title holder.
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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