25 Feb Omloop van het Hageland Preview – Tielt-Winge – (WE 1.1)
After the season kickstart at Omloop het Nieuwsblad it is time now for Omloop van het Hageland (Tielt-Winge). On Sunday the 13th edition of the race, the seventh under UCI status, will be held in Tielt-Winge, Belgium. The race will serve also the opening one-day race of Lotto Cycling Cup, the international cycling circuit comprising of six one day races in Belgium in 2017.
Saturday, 26 February 2017, local time from 13:30 pm till 16:55 pm approx (UTC+1)
Route 126km: Tielt-Winge – Tielt-Winge
The international peloton will initially ride through a 56.7-kilometre circuit, before entering a second and smaller circuit of 17.5 kilometres. Riders will have to cover four local laps to this 17.5-kilometre circuit totalling a 126.6 kilometres course. The final three kilometres of the race are slightly downhill, thus an ideal finale for a reduced group sprint (or a big bunch as we witnessed in the previous edition). The 300-metres long hill of Roeselberg, that riders will have climb four times, will be the main difficulty of the race. A hill that it is not hard or long on its own, and it will unlikely cause enough front selection to put sprinters into serious difficulty.
Favourites & Outsiders
Chantal Blaak, Annemiek van Vleuten, Marta Bastianelli, Lisa Brennauer, Amalie Dideriksen
Maria Giulia Confalonieri, Lotte Kopecky, Coryn Rivera, Sarah Roy, Valentina Scandolara, Joëlle Numainville
Our favourite: Chloe Hosking
Our outsider: Coryn Rivera
Bea Gómez, Ziortza Isasi, Cristina Martínez, Eider Merino, Belén López and Alba Teruel (Lointek), and Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance) will our Spanish representative at the 2017 edition of Omloop van het Hageland (Tielt-Winge).
Italian rider Marta Bastianelli (Alé Cipollini), former Road World Champion in Stuttgart 2007, claimed the 2016 edition of Omloop van het Hageland after winning the final bunch sprint. The victory of the Italian rider, formerly a tremendous climber with great results at Giro Rosa among other stage races, was a turning point in her elite cycling comeback after being handed a two-year doping ban in 2008 (benfluorex) and being mother in 2014. Bastianelli out-sprinted Canadian rider Leah Kirchmann (Liv-Plantur) and Finish rider Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo Bigla), who completed the podium. The bulk of the attacks was taken by Orica-AIS riders (mainly Annemiek van Vleuten) but their efforts didn’t pay off and they didn’t manage to breakaway from the bunch.
How to follow the race
Once again Omloop van het Hageland (Tielt-Winge) will be streamed live since 13:00 pm (UTC+1).
- The race will be broadcasted as well at Eurosport.
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: