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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2024, February 24, one-day classic (men's)

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Annual proposal not to have the men's and women's editions of a race in the same thread.

By popular request, I created a separate women's race thread:
 
No idea if this will really have an impact on the race, but there is a bit of a change in regards to support on the climbs:

"With the 2024 racing season coming up, the Flanders Classics Race Direction has recently made a significant decision to introduce a new rule regarding a number of climbs in the various FLCS races. Effective from 24 February 2024 and starting with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad elite women's and men's races, this new regulation aims to reduce the impact caused by team staff adopting random spots on climbs to provide riders with feeding or technical assistance. In doing so, team staff members tend to park their vehicles in unauthorized areas or on the course, which has been observed by the organization and reported to us by the local authorities. The new regulation introduced is also intended to improve safety for all concerned. Consequently, the decision has been made to prohibit the following climbs from being accessed by Team Support Staff, either for providing feeding or technical assistance or for parking purposes."

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No idea if this will really have an impact on the race, but there is a bit of a change in regards to support on the climbs:

"With the 2024 racing season coming up, the Flanders Classics Race Direction has recently made a significant decision to introduce a new rule regarding a number of climbs in the various FLCS races. Effective from 24 February 2024 and starting with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad elite women's and men's races, this new regulation aims to reduce the impact caused by team staff adopting random spots on climbs to provide riders with feeding or technical assistance. In doing so, team staff members tend to park their vehicles in unauthorized areas or on the course, which has been observed by the organization and reported to us by the local authorities. The new regulation introduced is also intended to improve safety for all concerned. Consequently, the decision has been made to prohibit the following climbs from being accessed by Team Support Staff, either for providing feeding or technical assistance or for parking purposes."

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I can understand why they don't want cars to be parked all over the place, but it will be bad if a race is decided by a rider not being able to get assistance at a crucial moment, although that will obviously happen at times no matter what.
 
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I can understand why they don't want cars to be parked all over the place, but it will be bad if a race is decided by a rider not being able to get assistance at a crucial moment, although that will obviously happen at times no matter what.
Should still be neutral service around.

Cliché to say... but the game is the game also. Mechanicals at crucial moments has always decided races.

You cant erase all margins for error, especially at the richer teams.

They will have to live with it.

I think this was actually pretty great by the organization.
 
What if teams could bring the equipment onto the climb without having a car parked there?
There are probably gonna be half a million people on the climbs anyway, what difference would it make if some of them are mechanics with toolboxes and a few spare wheels?

According to the info on the map, they won't be allowed to do that on the red sections.