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Belgian Semi Classics and Abu Dhabi Tour
By Matty S Feb 26, 2017 8:29:22 PM Comments

This weekend saw the opening of Belgian classics season with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and the Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday. These semi classics have a star studded field and always attract large crowds from around the world. In today's entry we are to have a review of these two races and also have a quick look at other races that have been on around the globe.

  • Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

This year's race has recently been upgraded to World Tour status and as such, teams were always going to field their "A'' teams in a bid to get their classics campaign off to a good start. Thirty year old Belgian native and reigning Olympic Champion, Greg Van Avamaet took victory in this year's race ahead of current World Champion Peter Sagan and Sep Vanmarcke. At the finish in Ghent, Van Avamaet defended his victory from the previous year by easily out sprinting his two breakaway companions to the line. This victory will come as a great confidence boost to the Olympic Champion as he heads into his next races and the more important classics that lie ahead. This is also true for Peter Sagan and Sep Vanmarcke, as this race will also be a good indicator of their respective forms before the opening classic of the season, Milan San Remo, which starts in a little over a months time.

  • Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Often referred to as the sprinters semi classic, this race has a rich history of great sprinters who have won here in the past. Although this race does not form part of the World Tour races, many of the previous days riders who rode Omloop Het Nieuwsblad took to the start line today. At a little over 200km long and with a course littered with cobbles, this was always going to be a hard days racing. Making up for the previous days disappointment, World Champion Peter Sagan took victory today over Trek - Segafredo Jasper Stuyven and Team Sky Luke Rowe.

  • Abu Dhabi Tour 

This race in the Middle East is growing each year and is a great thing for the hosting nation and also cycling in general as it expands to become even more global. This year's race, like the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad has also been upgraded to World Tour status and as such, the start list was a who's who of grand tour winners. Former World Champion Rui Costa came out on top as overall winner after an impressive victory on the mountain top finish at Jebel Hafeet. Costa has been in great form already this season and it looks like he may continue this rich run of form into his next race, the Tirreno Adriatico.

I hope you have enjoyed our entry today and we will be covering more race reviews in the coming weeks so please stay tuned.

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