In a time frame of 24 hours, Intermarché-Circus-Wanty will participate to Omloop het Nieuwsblad (Saturday) and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (Sunday), two Flemish classics which traditionally form the Belgian opening weekend. For the team of Jean-François Bourlart, it is even a long weekend until Tuesday with the GP Le Samyn, the first race on Walloon territory on the calendar.
With six victories and fourteen podiums after one month of racing, never did the World Team head to the Belgian opening weekend with similar dynamics. For these three one day races, a group of eleven riders will be divided in rosters of seven men: Niccoló Bonifazio, Sven Erik Bystrøm, Dries De Pooter, Rune Herregodts, Arne Marit, Madis Mihkels, Hugo Page, Baptiste Planckaert, Laurenz Rex, Mike Teunissen en Taco van der Hoorn.
The parcours of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne is identical to the previous edition, which was animated by Taco van der Hoorn from start to finish. As last survivor of the early breakaway he was caught less than 100 meter before the line, finishing 10th. The Kruisberg, Hotond and Côte de Trieu are the last difficulties on the parcours of 193 kilometer before the entrance of the local lap in Kuurne.