2017 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
|2017 UCI World Tour, race 4 of 37|
|Dates||25 February 2017|
|Distance||198.3 km (123.2 mi)|
|Winning time||4h 55' 06"|
The 2017 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was a road cycling one-day race that took place on 25 February 2017. It was the 72nd edition of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and was the fourth event of the 2017 UCI World Tour. It was the first time that the race was included in the UCI World Tour calendar.
The race was won, from a three-up sprint finish, by Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), ahead of the reigning world champion Peter Sagan – riding for Bora–Hansgrohe – and CCC Development Team[template problem]'s Sep Vanmarcke completed the podium, after the three riders broke away from the field in the final quarter of the race.
As a new event to the UCI World Tour, all UCI WorldTeams were invited to the race, but not obligated to compete in the race. As such, fifteen of the eighteen WorldTeams – all except Team Dimension Data, Movistar Team and UAE Team Emirates – competed in the race. Ten UCI Professional Continental teams competed, completing the 25-team peloton.
UCI Professional Continental teams
After a forced relocation from Sint-Pietersplein to the Citadel Park – the site adjacent to the Kuipke velodrome – for the 2016 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the Citadel Park again hosted the start of the race. The finish was once again held on the Emile Claus thoroughfare, close to the starting place.
At 198.3 kilometres (123.2 miles) and with thirteen climbs in the hill zone, the course was challenging and arduous. Additionally, there were several flat stretches of cobbles. After a year's hiatus due to roadworks, the Molenberg returned to the race for its 2017 edition; the Eikenberg was also partially paved for the 2017 race.
Categorised climbs and cobbles
|5||Muur van Geraardsbergen||80.7||117.6||cobbles||750||9.3%||19.8%|
|1||Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)||BMC Racing Team||4h 55' 06"|
|2||Peter Sagan (SVK)||Bora–Hansgrohe||+ 0"|
|3||Sep Vanmarcke (BEL)||CCC Development Team[template problem]||+ 0"|
|4||Fabio Felline (ITA)||Trek–Segafredo||+ 45"|
|5||Oscar Gatto (ITA)||Astana||+ 52"|
|6||Luke Rowe (GBR)||Team Sky||+ 52"|
|7||Oliver Naesen (BEL)||AG2R La Mondiale||+ 52"|
|8||Jasper Stuyven (BEL)||Trek–Segafredo||+ 52"|
|9||Matteo Trentin (ITA)||Quick-Step Floors||+ 56"|
|10||Adrien Petit (FRA)||Direct Énergie||+ 58"|
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