76th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: February 27, 2021

Last year the Omloop was just early enough on the calendar to be held before the corona cancellations. This year fans are asked to watch the race at home, and no spectators are allowed in the start and finish zone. Thirteen hills and nine cobbled sectors will take the riders from Gent to Ninove on a dry Saturday afternoon. The Rekelberg has been replaced by the longer Hostellerie, and there's a new strech of cobblestones around 50 km before the finish. The final remains the same, with the old couple Muur & Bosberg as judges. Total distance: 200.5 km.

Cobbled sections:
**Haaghoek (154 km) [2000 m]
**Huisepontweg (130 km) [1800 m]
**Holleweg (98 km) [1500 m]
**Haaghoek (92 km) [2000 m]
**Paddestraat (83 km) [2300 m]
**Holleweg (52 km) [1500 m]
**Karel Martelstraat (51 km) [2400 m]
**Jagerij (49 km) [800 m]
**Haaghoek (38 km) [2000 m]

Hills:
  1. Leberg (151 km) [950 m; 4.2%]
  2. Den Ast (124 km) [450 m; 5.5%]
  3. Katteberg (102 km) [600 m; 6%]
  4. Leberg (89 km) [950 m; 4.2%]
  5. Hostellerie (73 km) [1300 m; 4,5%]
  6. Valkenberg (64 km) [540 m; 8.1%]
  7. Wolvenberg (52.5 km) [645 m; 7%]
  8. Molenberg (42.5 km) [463 m; 7%]
  9. Leberg (35 km) [950 m; 4.2%]
  10. Berendries (31 km) [940 m; 7%]
  11. Elverenberg-Vossenhol (28.5 km) [1,268 m; 3.6%]
  12. Muur-Kapelmuur (16.7 km) [475 m; 9.3%]
  13. Bosberg (12.8 km) [980 m; 5.8%]
Recent winners:
2011 Sebastiaan Langeveld
2012 Sep Vanmarcke
2013 Luca Paolini
2014 Ian Stannard
2015 Ian Stannard
2016 Greg Van Avermaet
2017 Greg Van Avermaet
2018 Michael Valgren
2019 Zdenek Stybar
2020 Jasper Stuyven

Record holders with three wins:
Ernest Sterckx (1952, 1953, 1956)
Joseph Bruyère (1974, 1975, 1980)
Peter van Petegem (1997, 1998, 2002)

The women's race will be held on the same day. They will start at 13.45h. The finish will be around 17.30h, after the men's race, for the first time live on television.

Recent winners women:
2011 Emma Johansson
2012 Loes Gunnewijk
2013 Tiffany Cromwell
2014 Amy Pieters
2015 Anna van der Breggen
2016 Lizzie Armitstead
2017 Lucindaz Brand
2018 Christina Siggaard
2019 Chantal Blaak
2020 Annemiek van Vleuten

Let's hope for a smashing opening of the Flemish season!
 
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