Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Recent Winners
Omloop het Nieuwsblad marks the start of the European classics season. The race is held end February, meaning harsh conditions with cold weather on the cobbles and steep hills. First held in 1945, the race used to be called Omloop Het Volk and - in edition 1 and 2 - Omloop van Vlaanderen. Touretappe.nl brings you all records and the recent winners. (Slideshow route/profile)
Recent winners Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
2018: Michael Valgren Andersen (den)
2017: Greg Van Avermaet (bel)
2016: Greg Van Avermaet (bel)
2015: Ian Stannard (gbr)
2014: Ian Stannard (gbr)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad records
The first fourteen editions were all won by Belgian riders. Since then they added 42 more wins, making Belgium record holder with 56 victories. The last Belgian winner was Greg Van Avermaet (2017).
Ian Stannard took the race both in 2014 and 2015. The Briton is the only non-Belgian rider winning the Omloop twice.
While thirteen Belgians did win the race twice, only three Belgians were able to do so on three occasions: Ernest Sterckx (1952, ’53, ’56), Joseph Bruyère (1974, ’75, ’80) and Peter Van Petegem (1997, ’98, 2002).
Ian Stannard, Greg Van Avermaet and Philippe Gilbert are the only two-time winners who are still in the peloton.
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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